UCSF Collaborative to Advise on Re-opening Education Safely (CARES)

Our Mission

The UCSF Collaborative to Advise on Reopening Education Safely (CARES) strives to partner with our colleagues in education and public health to ensure a safe and ideal learning environment for children, teachers, staff, and the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.  We achieve this through:

  1. Highlighting the critical role schools play in support of our communities.
  2. Using data to understand the safest ways to accomplish in-person learning and identifying the circumstances when remote learning is necessary for safety. 
  3. Supporting equity through our guidance to give all children access to schools as a primary safety net in our communities. 

CARES Objectives/Tactics: 

  1. Interpret data around health risks and implications for children in the time of COVID-19.
  2. Create and facilitate community for UCSF and UCSF-affiliated faculty to discuss data findings and recommendations.
  3. Provide scientific information and education to schools and school districts regarding the recognition and mitigation of risks for children and the adults in their school and home communities as well as understanding how risks differ in different populations of students and between teachers/staff and other adults in the community.


Webinar Series

CARES has been hosting a series of conversations on the re-opening of schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals moderates sessions covering various topics to help school administrators, public health officers, and policymakers make informed decisions as schools reopen.

Session 1: “What We Know About Children and COVID-19 Transmission”

With Naomi Bardach, MD, Associate Professor, Pediatrics and Health Policy; and Darpun Sachdev, MD, Medical Director of Linkage, Integration, Navigation and Comprehensive Services, San Francisco Department of Public Health.

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Session 2: “Considerations for Preparing for In-Person Learning During COVID-19”

With Emily Frank, MD, Pediatrician & Public School Teacher; Noemi Spinazzi, MD, Pediatrician; and Sohil Sud, MD, Pediatrician.

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Session 3: “Supporting Children During Remote Learning with an Emphasis on Equity and Mental Health”

With Melanie Callen, MEd, Child Development and Education Specialist; Matthew Pantell, MD, MS, Assistant Professor, Pediatrics; and Petra Steinbuchel, MD, Director, UCSF Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Portal.

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Session 4: "Early Child Care & COVID-19: The Science of Transmission, Safe Practices, Stress and Resilience"

Co-sponsored by UCSF Department of Pediatrics, UCSF Center for Child and Community Health (CCCH), UCSF California Childcare Health ProgramAlameda County Office of Education, and Hively

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