Public Health Partnerships
During the pandemic our schools, the nine ESDs, unified as the Association of ESDs Network, built strong ties with the Department of Health (DOH), the Health Commons Project, and local Public Health Jurisdictions (LHJ’s) through the Learn to Return program. Learn to Return helped schools build and implement COVID-19 testing and mitigation efforts. Although the formal Learn to Return program ended in Summer 2023, each of the nine ESDs will continue to host Public Health Coordinators to support schools in their regions with public health and post-pandemic planning efforts in the 2023/24 school year.
The AESD Network is collaborating with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), DOH, LHJs, the School Nurse Corps, and regional school safety centers to align and deliver support to districts during the 2023/24 school year.
Regional ESD Public Health Coordinators:
- Support and inform statewide and regional prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery initiatives related to COVID-19
- Work with regional partners and school districts to document and integrate lessons learned from the pandemic into school safety and preparedness planning
- Support communications across the region regarding other emerging infections and conditions of public health significance.
- Network with local, regional and state partners to implement public health initiatives