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Protect schools and communities during a public health crisis.

Schools must be prepared to respond to sudden infectious disease outbreaks and other public health concerns and emergencies. Sustaining safe in-person learning, ensuring proper hygiene, and managing daily operations are all important for keeping a safe and secure school environment amid a health crisis.

Schools are an important part of the infrastructure of communities. They provide safe and supportive learning environments for students that support social and emotional development, provide access to critical services, and improve life outcomes. Schools should work with local public health officials, consistent with applicable laws and regulations, including those related to privacy, to determine additional prevention strategies needed in their area by monitoring levels of community transmission and local vaccine coverage, and use of screening testing to detect cases in K-12 schools during public health emergencies.

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All Infectious Diseases and Public Health Resources

The federal government identified additional resources that highlight strategies for school safety. Use these resources to learn more about infectious diseases and public health.

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Fact Sheet
Infectious Diseases and Public Health
Tips for Teens: The Truth About HIV

Department of Health and Human Services, 2020

This fact sheet for teens provides facts about HIV. It includes information about how the virus is spread and how to prevent transmission and answers common questions. It can be used by prevention professionals, educators, healthcare providers, and others who come in contact with teens.
Tool
Infectious Diseases and Public Health
School IAQ Assessment Mobile App

Environmental Protection Agency

This mobile app provides access to the Environmental Protection Agency's comprehensive school indoor air quality (IAQ) management guidance and detailed walkthrough assessment checklists that address critical building-related environmental health issues. Schools that want to develop, sustain or reinvigorate their IAQ management programs can use this tool to identify and prioritize IAQ improvements.
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