August 10 Update from Lisl

Hello Athena Families!

As we move into our week of Back to School events for the 2020-2021 school year, I wanted to introduce you to a consulting team that we have chosen to help guide and support us as we welcome teachers and students back to campus amid COVID-19. They have provided on-site guidance for our redesigned classrooms and playgrounds and have been a sounding board for expert advice and guidance on our policies and procedures. We will be making them available to our community on a weekly basis, for a period of time, to help all of us sift through facts and strategies to navigate the experience of being at school during a pandemic.


We have hired Sera Bonds, MPH, and her Waking Giants co-founder, Martha Pincoffs, to provide COVID-19 specific public health guidance and communications support to the Athena community. They are focusing their efforts on advising us on COVID-19 emerging community contagion strategies to keep our community safe as well as supporting us through weekly open forum zoom sessions with the Athena community to help answer questions, and provide guidance and information.


Sera Bonds, MPH is a global and public health expert. She has worked on global  health and infectious disease programs in over twenty countries spanning North America, Africa, Asia, Central America, the Middle East, and the Caribbean, having  impacted over three million women and children globally. She is the founder of a leading feminist global aid organization, Circle of Health International.


Martha Pincoffs is a strategist and native Austinite. She has special powers when it comes to connecting ideas, people, and institutions with winning outcomes. She has a core belief that the world will be a better place when we can all live our truth. She is on a mission to help people, campaigns, companies, and nonprofits find that place. She is the founder of Hot Dang, a vegetarian burger that can be found in stores across the country.


Here are the details for our first community meet-and-greet/Covid open forum discussion/Q&A, hosted by Waking Giants, on Thursday, August 20th, at 12 pm:


Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 865 4601 4271 Passcode: 840047


We are excited to welcome all of you, finally, to the new school year! We will continue our commitment to not only doing everything we can to keep your children safe and well-loved, but also to do everything we can to take care of you as parents through direct, transparent communication and frequent opportunities to connect with us in community.


In health and gratitude,