11 Aug 2020-2021 Plans
Based on what we are learning from school administrators, if and when schools open, HeartSmart EKG will not be able to operate this upcoming school year. Our mission is to reduce sudden cardiac deaths in the young, but not at the risk of exposing Max Schewitz Foundation staff and volunteers to the added risk of contracting a potentially deadly virus. We will not return to testing at schools until it is safe and viable to do so.
We have checked with other screening programs around the country, and most have put their screening programs on hold based on feedback from schools in their areas. There is still uncertainty among school administrators about when and how schools will reopen, but they are unified in stating outside visitors will not be allowed for the foreseeable future. We love to provide our screening program and we suspect there will be some creative ideas out there on how to screen in light of a pandemic. We will stay connected to other organizations to share ideas and innovations.
We all need to remember that in time, the pandemic will be over but the risk of sudden cardiac arrest in young adults will never be!
Even though screenings have been put on hold, our work is not. We are working on an outreach plan for schools and communities. We will also provide online resources for families and are always just a phone call away for those in need.
We have truly enjoyed partnering with all our testing schools on this important health initiative for all students. Due to the support of so many, we have tested almost 100,000 young adults. We want to continue our amazing work and hope to be back in the schools as soon as it is safe for everyone.
While our program is paused, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us via social media, email ([email protected]) or by phone (847-736-8140). We hope you and your family are staying safe and healthy.