The Georgia Department of Education recently established a K-12 public health liaison position and appointed Dr. Garry McGiboney to the serve in that role.
McGiboney – an educator with extensive experience in school safety and health initiatives – will serve as a point of contact for school districts on public health issues and ensure open lines of communication between state and local education and public health officials.
The position is fiscally and administratively attached to the Georgia Department of Education, but will work in close coordination with the Georgia Department of Public Health and Georgia Emergency Management & Homeland Security Agency.
“Whether virtually or in-person, our public school educators are going above and beyond to keep their students safe and keep them learning,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “This position will ensure they have strong lines of communication to state and local public health officials, and the best possible guidance and support to safeguard the health of students and staff.”
As K-12 Public Health Liaison, Dr. McGiboney will consult with district superintendents on public health issues, as well as sharing timely DPH and CDC guidance, public health updates and solutions to local challenges identified by school leaders.
He will work with the DPH and local health departments to ensure efficient and expedited COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, along with data collection, reporting and support in the school setting. McGiboney also will work with GEMA to coordinate the procurement and delivery of COVID-related equipment and supplies to schools.
McGiboney previously served as the deputy superintendent for school climate and safety at the GaDOE. He is the author of eight books and more than 30 professional journal publications, and he is recognized at the national and state levels as an expert on school climate and safety.
He has been recognized with numerous honors, including the Georgia School Counselor Association’s Advocate of the Year Award and the Georgia Association of School Nurses’ Hero Award.