Posted on: October 16, 2020 Posted by: Children Health Mag Comments: 0

SEMBACH, Germany – Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, officials from Regional Health Command Europe have been working closely with officials from Department of Defense Education Activity Europe to help ensure DoDEA schools are a safe place to learn and work.Some 25,000 children attend DoDEA schools throughout Europe and there are roughly 3,500 employees who work in those schools.“RHCE maintains close liaison with DoDEA Europe on COVID-19 matters,” said Col. Scott Mower, force health protection officer for RHCE. “We have been hosting two weekly teleconferences – one between joint public health authorities and senior DoDEA Europe leadership and a second between public health authorities and school nurses.”According to Mower, the primary purpose of the leadership teleconference is to refine COVID-19 outbreak response/prevention policies and procedural improvements. The nurse teleconference seeks to resolve local issues, discuss lessons learned from each school and encourage dialogue between nurses, preventive/family medicine physicians, public health emergency officers and public health nurses.“Here at DoDEA, our expertise lies in educating children,” said Dr. Charles Kelker, chief of staff for DoDEA Europe. “We are by no means the experts in public health. We rely on Regional Health Command Europe to advise us on what we need to be doing to minimize the health risks to our students and employees.”According to Kelker, DoDEA has robust guidelines and protocols in place that mirror the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations for schools to remain safe and healthy.“If you were to walk through one of our schools right now, you would
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