K-12 Committee

To Participate in the K-12 Committee

Please email laurie.johnson230@gmail.com

Meetings for 2022 (quarterly, 2nd Friday of the month)

Friday, March 11, 2022, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon

Friday, June 10, 2022

Friday September 9, 2022

Friday, December 9, 2022

K-12 Committee Dashboard


K-12 Committee Surveys

March 11, 2022: Services Update

Dec. 3, 2021: Services Update

Sept. 10, 2021: Services Update

June 4, 2021: Services Update

Dec. 14, 2020: Current Services

March 16, 2020: Qualitative Elements of Gap Analysis Survey

Oct. 24, 2019: Gap Analysis Survey

Meeting Materials

3-11-2022: 3-11 Agenda, 3-11 Minutes, PowerPoint, Tiny House Teledentistry, Community Dental Health Coordinator Pilot (CDHC) Project, CDHC Curriculum, Oregon Health Authority Data 2022.3.11

12-3-2021: 12-3 Agenda, 12-3 Minutes, PowerPoint

9-10-2021: 9-10 Agenda, 9-10 Minutes, PowerPoint: “COVID Update, etc.”

6-4-2021: Agenda, 6-4 Minutes, PowerPoint: “COVID Update, Medicaid, Value-based Care, DQA, CareQuest,” Legislation

3-5-2021: Agenda, 3-5 Minutes, PowerPoint: “COVID Update, Legislation

12-4-2020: Agenda, Minutes; Power Point: “Survey, COVID Update, Research”

9-11-2020: Agenda, Minutes, Power Point: “COVID Update”

6-5-2020: Agenda, Minutes, Power Point: “About Coronaviruses and SARS-CoV-2”

3-6-2020: Agenda, Minutes, Legislative Handout, Oregon School Dental Sealant Program Data Report


September 9, 2021: Ready Schools, Safe Learners

July 30, 2021: 2021 Oregon Legislative Update (link to Youtube video)

No date: COVID-19 Testing in Oregon’s K-12 Schools

February 26, 2021: Organization for Safety Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) Toolkit

February 11, 2021: Organization for Safety Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP): Infection Prevention & Control Guide for School Sealant Programs During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

January 2021: Oregon Community Foundation: Children’s Dental Health Initiative Progress & Lessons Learned. “This report is an overview of the work of the Children’s Dental Health Initiative, the progress the Initiative and its partners have made to date, and the lessons learned along the way.”

January 2021: Oregon Community Foundation: Getting to the Roots of the Problem: Why Childhood Dental Disease Persists in Oregon. “Children’s dental health is slowly improving, but challenges and disparities persist.”

Fall 2020: Oregon Dental Association:  21st Century Solutions for Dental Care Access Report. “Recent research suggests that some of the greatest gains in access to care have taken place in communities with the strongest school-based services.”


September 21, 2021:Oral Health & Health Equity” – infographic from the National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Foundation. Includes supportive information about school dental sealant programs.

May 7, 2021:

CareQuest (formerly DentaQuest) webinar, “Challenges in Implementing School-Based Oral Health Programs: Short- and Long-Term Impact of COVID-19” Free; 1 CEU.

Washington Post: What we know about the latest coronavirus variants (Scroll down to the video…)

May 5, 2021: New York Times Education Briefing.

April 12, 2021:

If you loved Brush Up on Oral Health (which ended in 2020), you might appreciate Resources to Make You Smile! now in production from the Office of Head Start’s National Center on Health, Behavioral Health, and Safety (NCHBHS).

Each month, Resources to Make You Smile! features information and resources for Head Start staff to use in promoting oral health for pregnant women and children enrolled in Head Start programs, including children with disabilities. It has elements of Brush Up–like a fun recipe–and links to resources on the Office of Head Start’s Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC).

Sarah Kolo
National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center

March 19, 2021: CDC:  Revised physical distancing recommendations to reflect at least 3 feet between students in classrooms and provide clearer guidance when a greater distance (such as 6 feet) is recommended.

March 12, 2021: Governor Kate Brown today issued Executive Order 21-06 , requiring all Oregon public schools to offer universal access to hybrid or full in-person instruction by:

  • Grades K – 5: March 29
  • Grades 6 – 12: April 19

March 3, 2021: New York Times publishes an interactive demonstration of the effects of ventilating a classroom.

Feb. 23, 2021: Article about an increase in COVID cases in children, perhaps due to variants?  Nothing conclusive yet.

Feb. 9, 2021: Johns Hopkins experts say COVID-19 vaccines may be authorized for children above age 12 by late spring or early summer. For kids under 12, it may be late 2021 or 2022 before COVID-19 vaccines are authorized. When children will actually be able to get the vaccine, however, will also depend on the supply, which is distributed to groups of people based on priority.

Jan. 22, 2021:

This policy statement may help with the legislation requiring oral health education in the schools.  See House Bill 2962.

ASTDD Policy Statement: The Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors fully supports promoting good nutrition and healthy eating in schools through effective nutrition and oral health education, policies, and procedures as well as by serving healthy foods and beverages in school cafeterias and throughout school campuses. State and territorial oral health programs can be essential partners in helping to develop and disseminate effective strategies for implementing school nutrition practices that will reduce dental caries and promote oral health.”

Jan. 19, 2021:

Video message from Colt Gill, ODE Director

Oregon Department of Education: Updated Guidance Serves as a Guide for Schools Returning Students to In-Person Instruction

Oregonian:  Oregon’s new school reopening measures clear a way for all Portland-area elementary schools to teach in person

Jan. 8, 2021:

Oregon’s education leaders say schools are close to reopening

Teachers Ask Oregon Governor for Vaccine, Resources, Before In-Person Classes Resume

The National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center (OHRC) is pleased to announce an update to a resource promoting dental visits for children and adolescents.

Jan. 4, 2021: Gov. Kate Brown wants Oregon kids back on campus by Feb. 15, but many teachers won’t be vaccinated by then. [Teachers are considered “essential workers” and are now included in Phase 1b.]

Dec. 4, 2020: Gov. Kate Brown speaks about Oregon’s latest coronavirus updates

Nov. 13, 2020: Implementing “universal masking” in hospitals reduced transmission of COVID significantly.  HOWEVER, transmission did occur among staff-to-staff unmasked interactions, and staff that were unmasked in lunchrooms. Hospital-Acquired SARS-CoV-2 Infection: Lessons for Public Health


OHA Guidance Document: Sept. 24, 2020: OHA Guidance Document for School Dental Sealant Programs During the Pandemic

State Statute (Law): Jan. 16, 2018 (filed): Oregon Health Authority/Public Health Division/Chapter 333/Division 28/School-Based Health Programs (333-028-0300: Local School Dental Sealant Programs)

Certification Requirements: OHA Website: Required Certification for Local School Dental Sealant Programs (history, and information about certification training and annual clinical trainings)

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