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CDS' Health + Safety Team work together to ensure a safe opening day!

The CDS Health and Safety Team held their first meeting this week. This group of medical professionals from our parent community, school leadership, and faculty representatives will meet to review and update policies, procedures, and precautions that ensure the health and safety of our entire community.

CDS Health & Safety Committee
CDS Health & Safety Committee
With the directive of engaging in continual study and the review of current best-practice health and safety guidelines for independent schools, the Carrollwood Day School Health and Safety Team is getting ready for the opening day of the 2020-2021 school year. The committee is made up of:
  • Dr. Parul Aneja - Infectious Disease Specialist; St. Joseph Hospital, AdventHealth Tampa
  • Michael Babb - CDS Board of Trustees Chair
  • Michelle Cáceres - Asst. Director of Admissions
  • Dr. Claudia Cooperman - Associate Professor & Asst. Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Director, Health Sciences Program, College of Public Health - University of South Florida
  • Colin DeHate- Upper School Representative
  • Baker Mabry - Athletics Director
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Miller - President and CEO, Centene Florida (formerly Wellcare)
  • Monique Olson - Middle School Representative
  • Rachel Paggio Lower School Representative
  • Larry Pittman - CFO
  • Sara Rubinstein - Interim Head of School
  • Erma Ruffkess - Director of Communications
  • Jacqueline Silvers, R.N. - CDS School Nurse
  • Dr. Michael Teng - Associate Professor, Allergy/Immunology; Associate Dean, PhD and Postdoctoral Program; Morsani College of Medicine; University of South Florida
  • Dr. Jonathan Zager, FACS - Chief Academic Officer; Director of Regional Therapies; Senior Member, Moffitt Cancer Center; Departments of Cutaneous Oncology and Sarcoma; Chair, Department of Oncological Sciences, University of South Florida Morsani School of Medicine; Professor of Surgery, University of South Florida Morsani School of Medicine; Moffitt Cancer Center

The Carrollwood Day School Health and Safety Team will be responsible for:

  • Designing and continually updating a realistic decision matrix that informs how learning and operations should commence based on current health and safety guidelines.
  • Designing and continually updating the policies, procedures, and precautions that ensure the health and safety of our entire community.
  • Working with the communications department to create tools that communicate the plan in a clear, timely, and accessible way for all constituencies to create and maintain confidence in our program and faith in our transparency.
  • Creating mechanisms for feedback from faculty, staff, families, and students based on observations of plans in actions, using that feedback to inform revisions and communications need.

Thank you to all our committee members for their time and expertise with the goal of keeping our community safe. Along with the Health and Safety committee, CDS has 10 committees that will fall under the CDS COVID-19 Response Team. 

  • Admissions & Retention
  • Athletics & Auxiliary Programs
  • Communications & Community Outreach
  • Employee Relations
  • Finance/Buildings & Ground
  • Health & Safety
  • Learning Support
  • Student & Faculty Wellness
  • Teaching & Learning
  • Technology Infrastructure

If you would like to view the Health + Safety Team meeting presentation, click here.


The CDS COVID-19 Response Team was created to ensure the health and safety of our faculty, staff, students, and families. As the 2020-2021 school year begins, CDS will present a thoughtful and unified response, keeping community health and safety at the forefront of our planning as we continue to develop and deliver exceptional academic programming in a time of great uncertainty. The development and implementation of this response structure will facilitate efficient operations and streamline our efforts.