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Pair of NPS Employees Selected for CDC COVID-19 Program

Project SWITCH has selected Jefferson Elementary physical education teacher Nan Schuchman and district RN Courtney Williams to be two of 16 educators specializing in physical education and school nursing in the state to participate in a CDC leadership program designed to assist schools in adjusting to the challenges of COVID-19. 

According to Shana Classen, Director of Health and Physical Education, Oklahoma State Dept. of Education, Project SWITCH (Strengthening Wellness and Improving Teachers and Children’s Health) is a one-year supplemental program from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) with the goal of providing training and assistance to schools on the implementation of the CDC’s COVID-19 school-based guidance in the areas of physical activity, chronic disease management, social emotional climate, nutrition services, and supporting high risk/vulnerable populations.

As part of the project, Schuchman and Williams will attend monthly meetings and receive additional trainings. A region of the state will be assigned to each member of Project SWITCH, and they will conduct virtual Communities of Practice meetings to disseminate CDC information and provide professional support to individuals at other schools in the region.