School Reopening Workshop

School Reopening Workshop

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Dates of this Session: July 27-28, 2020

Time of this Session: 8AM-9:30AM New York Time

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Join the ISS School Operations School Reopening Workshop for Heads of Schools, business managers, and other support staff considering how to safely manage a campus reopening. At the two-part July 27-28 workshops, you'll learn through a mix of presentation, live Q&A, and breakout room discussion.

This two-day School Reopening Workshop is available for $500 per school, which includes up to three attendees per school team.

MBB Architects will lead the workshop with an in-depth case study based on a school in NYC. This analysis prioritized a plan to return to school at full capacity and a regular schedule in 2020. MBB worked in close coordination with the head of school, a mechanical engineer, an epidemiologist from Mount Sinai Hospital, and extensive additional resources. Participants will receive the full 36-page report as a takeaway. Download a sample of the report here.

The School Reopening Workshop will be paneled by MBB architects Jeffrey Murphy, Taylor Aikin, and Jean Li, epidemiologist Dr. Krystina Woods, and ISS Director of School Services/Senior Leadership Executive, Managed Schools, Keith Cincotta.

Part 1: Monday, July 27

  • Detailed walk-through of MBB reopening plan case study
  • Strategies for arrival, navigation, classroom layout, and building systems
  • Challenges, guiding conclusions, and considerations for reopening
  • Breakout room discussions
  • Q&A with panel experts
  • Delivery of full MBB case study to participants for school team strategy development

Part 2: Tuesday, July 28

  • Further exploration of reopening strategies
  • Strategies for special conditions (lunch, fire drills, specialty instruction)
  • Teacher and staff considerations
  • Q&A with panel experts
  • Breakout room discussions

Meet the Panelists

Jeffrey Murphy, FAIA | LEED AP | PARTNER

Jeffrey Murphy is a founding Partner of MBB Architects. His expertise in design for cultural, civic and educational institutions has led to a range of rich and compelling projects, many of which have been recognized for their design excellence and social engagement. A LEED-accredited professional, Jeffrey believes sustainability is an integral component of architecture and leads the firm in seeking design solutions that embody both conceptual clarity and environmental responsibility. As partner-in-charge, Jeffrey has led projects for a diverse group of clients including Columbia University, UNICEF Innovations Lab, the Billie Holiday Theatre, and the Trustees of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. His work at St. Patrick’s Cathedral won a 2016 AIA National Honor Award and a 2019 AIA National COTE Award for excellence in sustainability. Jeffrey holds a Master in Architecture degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree from the University of Virginia. At Harvard, he was the recipient of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture Research Fellowship and was awarded the post-graduate Wheelwright Prize. Jeffrey’s work in and outside of the office reflects the idea that well-considered design positively impacts communities. He has served as Secretary of the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and is currently co-chair of the Fellows Committee. He has served as a board member of Community District 7 in Manhattan and as a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals for the Village of Saltaire.


Taylor Aikin leads a broad range of project types and scales from cultural and educational to religious and residential. He is experienced in all aspects of project delivery, including master planning and feasibility through all design phases and construction administration. With over 15 years’ experience, he has helped a broad range of clients from families to developers to global institutions realize their aspirations through strategic planning and outstanding design. Taylor’s projects include Garitage Park, a 450,000sf mixed-use high-rise development in Sofia, Bulgaria; PS 19Q Marino Jeantet School, a 97,000sf full-building addition to a public school in Queens; the St. Patrick’s Cathedral Glass Walls projects as well as ongoing projects for Trinity School and the Gillen Brewer School. Taylor, a licensed architect and LEED Green Associate, holds a Master of Architecture from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation, and a Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is the recipient of Columbia University’s Honors for Excellence in Design, and the AIA Colorado Young Architects Award for Graphic Technology. Taylor joined Murphy Burnham & Buttrick in 2015 and was appointed Associate in 2016 and Associate Partner in 2019.


Jean is interested in design that can serve a broad and varied range of people and communities. This has led her to diverse projects including schools and affordable housing. At MBB, Jean has worked on projects at Grace Church High School, Union Square Ventures, and PS 19Q Marino Jeantet School. She also participates on the AIA Committee of Architecture in Education. Jean is a licensed architect and holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from MIT. She is a LEED AP Building Design and Construction professional. Jean joined Murphy Burnham & Buttrick in 2017 and was promoted to Associate in 2020.

Dr. Krystina Woods

Krystina Woods, MD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at Mount Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine, a board-certified Internist and Infectious Diseases specialist, and the Hospital Epidemiologist and Medical Director of Infection Prevention at Mount Sinai West. Dr. Woods graduated from Ross University School of Medicine and completed her Internal Medicine residency at New York Hospital in Queens. During her residency, she developed a keen interest in infectious diseases. She completed her Infectious Disease fellowship at Mount Sinai Beth Israel in New York City. During her fellowship, she became interested in infection prevention and patient safety. Dr. Woods has served as an Infectious Disease fellow for Doximity, curating the site’s relevant literature in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. Her interest in patient education led her to become the contributing medical author for a popular website for mothers, where she wrote about various health topics, in particular infectious diseases, vaccines, and infection prevention. She has co-authored several publications on the topic of antimicrobial resistance and infection prevention. Her research has been presented at local, national, and international Infectious Disease conferences. She is a member of several professional organizations including the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA). Together with her team, she organized the response of Mount Sinai West to the COVID-19 pandemic which reached New York City in March 2020. Currently, she is working on helping her hospital, and various institutions, safely plan for and navigate “reopening” in the times of COVID-19.

Keith Cincotta, ISS DIrector of School Services/Senior Leadership Executive, Managed Schools

Keith serves the purchasing, consolidation and shipping needs of over 100 international schools. Keith is the Senior Leadership Executive for an ISS-managed school in Africa, serves as an ISS student services and school counseling consultant, and has also authored feasibility studies for school start-up projects in Cape Verde and Ghana. Before working with ISS, Keith was a High School Principal and Secondary School Counselor/College Advisor for 15 years in Pennsylvania, Pakistan, and Dubai. Keith graduated from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and has advanced degrees in Counseling and Educational Leadership from Lehigh University. He resides in beautiful Hopewell, New Jersey with his wife and three children. As a family of global nomads, they take any chance they can to travel and experience new places.