safely opening schools
A safer return to school through masking, testing and vaccination
Safely Opening Schools (SOS), a project of the Public Health Institute (PHI), works in collaboration with the California Department of Public Health, local health jurisdictions, school leaders, and elected officials, making in-person learning safer and keeping schools open with COVID-19 testing, while promoting masking and vaccination education.
Safely Opening Schools (SOS) was originally thought out as an 8-week rapid antigen testing project for 10 pilot districts across California to introduce a safer reopening. The SOS project team has played an important role in helping districts throughout the state set up their COVID-19 testing protocols with rapid antigen testing.
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Major funding for SOS comes from The California Endowment, California Department of Public Health and the Chan Zukerberg Initiative. Additional support is provided from Heluna Health, the Ballmer Group, and others through PHI’s Together Toward Health Initiative which manages a large pooled fund from a group of philanthropic organizations engaged in a pandemic response.
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Safely Opening Schools is a project of the Public Health Institute, (PHI) PHI has been a leader in public health and development for over 50 years. PHI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a vision of creating healthy communities where individuals reach their highest potential. Safely Opening Schools is part of PHIs Prevention Policy Group, which works on policy approaches involved in safely opening public schools after Covid-19.