Training provides critical protocols for a safer environment for all food service professionals, staff, and children
PHOENIX, AZ / ACCESSWIRE / September 23, 2020 / The Creighton School District is the first in the country to train its team with COVID SMART™, a safety training program launched in partnership with the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), that educates on best practices to reduce the likelihood of exposure to COVID-19 and other viruses. This first-of-its kind pilot program supporting the district's nine elementary school food service operations is designed to test knowledge and create systems to reduce the possibility of transmission, while also protecting front line workers who ensure that students have at least two healthy meals each day.
"We believe that it's critical to protect district food service staff along with the communities they serve during these trying times and the best weapon we currently have is education," stated Bart Christian, Chairman of Food Handler Solutions. "Creighton is the first public school district to complete this program, and we're confident that their certification will provide the community with a sense of security that child nutrition professionals are trained at the highest possible standards to prevent the spread of not only COVID-19, but similar diseases like the flu."
Direct Education Worldwide, Inc. (DEW), the company that developed COVID SMART, is equally pleased with this partnership. As DEW President Scott Jensen attested, "We are thrilled to be working with the Creighton School District as they provide a vital service to so many children struggling with food insecurity and working families that cannot be home. We're very grateful that they were willing to serve as the pilot site for the program and know that the successes we have seen here are just the start. I'm proud to say we've expanded this program to multiple school districts across New Jersey and in California as well."
The online program provides certification for businesses, schools, municipalities, professional groups, and other organizations with public-facing personnel in order to manage and minimize the spread of coronavirus. COVID SMART originally launched in Australia--where it was highly successful and remains in use-and is now being piloted in U.S. businesses and schools, with the Creighton School District serving as one of the flagship sites.
COVID SMART teaches and tests knowledge of COVID-19 and basic infection prevention measures through short online modules and animated videos. The program will be distributed primarily to non-healthcare workplaces to ensure that schools, commercial offices, government agencies, retail stores, shopping centers, factories, and processing plants are equipped with the latest knowledge. Those who successfully complete the program receive a certificate of completion which can be displayed in the workplace.
COVID SMART launched in partnership with APIC (APIC.org), the leading professional association for epidemiologists and infection preventionists.
About Direct Education Worldwide, Inc. (DEW)/COVID SMART ™:
DEW, the creator of COVID SMART, is committed to providing high quality information as a low-cost and accessible alternative to tangible goods and expensive services that promote well-being and prosperity. Founded in 2020 by pioneers in digital media and online services, DEW provides educational programs and content directly to individuals, corporations, and large organizations. Visit us at https://getdirecteducation.com.
About Food Handler Solutions LLC (FHS)
FHS is a food safety education and certification company that provides ANSI Accredited Training Programs across the United States. Founded in 2015, Food Handler Solutions provides training and tracking tools for the nation's K 12 school food service departments and retail restaurant operators. Food Handler Solutions has offices in Tucson, AZ and Laguna Beach, CA.
COVID SMART/Direct Education Worldwide, Inc.
SOURCE: Direct Education Worldwide, Inc.
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