s Supplemental Strategies for Reopening Schools

Supplemental Strategies for Reopening Schools

Schools around the country are grappling with complex challenges as they plan to reopen for the 2020-21 school year during the coronavirus pandemic. Most school leaders have started the process by undertaking studies to understand how many students can be accommodated on campus given social distancing requirements. This webinar addresses a variety of secondary planning strategies that are designed to help smooth the transition to a "new-normal" for students and teachers as they return to school this fall. Join PBDW Architects to explore practical issues relating to classroom flexibility, crowded corridors, recess, arrival and departure sequences, restrooms, etc. with an emphasis on simple and effective approaches that can be immediately implemented.



Learning Objectives

  1. Learn about practical strategies that can help ease the transition back to school this fall.
  2. Discover how to apply universal templates to accommodate social distancing as students and teacher navigate the "new-normal" school day.
  3. Understand how these strategies can be applied to different age groups.
  4. See how limited space and human resources can be optimized to promote a healthy learning
  5. environment.

Broadcast Date

August 12, 2020, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM (EST)

Purchase Price

Member: $0.00
Non-Member Price: $25.00

Meet the Presenters


Jim Seger
PBDW Architects

Jim is a Partner at PBDW Architects. He has been practicing architecture for over 30 years, with a focus on design for New York City schools and cultural institutions. He is keenly interested in the evolution of buildings and their relationship to society; the design and influence of enduring, quality architecture and how it can be adapted to remain relevant and vibrant. His work in education spans from early childhood to university projects but has centered on the programming and design of K-12 general, religious, and special education facilities.


Serena Losonczy
PBDW Architects

Serena is an Associate Partner at PBDW Architects in New York City. For over 25 years, she has focused her career on designing innovative educational environments, often in historic contexts. Her people-centered approach to design delivers cheerful, welcoming learning spaces with enduring quality. With experience in master planning, architectural design of new buildings as well as complex, multi-phase renovations and adaptive reuse projects, she has demonstrable expertise in working with a diverse range of institutions. Serena's commitment to sustainability is evident in her work which includes a net-zero energy building and the first K-12 school to be LEED-certified in New York State.


Erica Gaswirth
PBDW Architects

As co-leader of PBDW's educational practice, Erica has focused on the design of a broad range of cultural and educational institutions. She believes that school design should be equitable for all students and strives to bring thoughtful and dignified design to special needs students, a population which has historically been marginalized within the larger educational system. Through close collaboration with educators, Erica provides program specific design that will best serve the needs of these students. Her thoughtful and practical approach to architecture integrates sustainability with innovative designs which meet both functional and budget requirements.