A Way Forward: Reopening Schools

Thursday, January 7, 2021, 11:00 am EST –12:00 pm EST

Covid-19 vaccines have arrived, with enough supply to vaccinate as many as 50 million people by the end of January. But these initial doses will do little in the short term to arrest an epidemic that is raging out of control. This episode of #RFBreakthrough our panel held a discussion about what it will take to reopen schools. Our panel of experts shared how they are using Covid-19 testing protocols along with other measures outlined in our third National Covid-19 Testing Action Plan to safely reopen and stay open.



Raj Shah head-shot.

Rajiv J. Shah, MD
President, The Rockefeller Foundation


Jennifer L. Avegno, MD
Director, City of New Orleans Health Department


Dr. Jay Varma
Senior Advisor for Public Health, NYC Office of the Mayor


Patricia Brantley
CEO, Friendship Public Charter School


Robert Runcie
Superintendent, Broward County Public Schools

Patricia Montalvo
Newcomers Academy Teacher, Ella Risk Elementary, Central Falls School District


Michael Johnston
President and CEO, Gary Community Investments