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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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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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Infectious Diseases and Public Health
Deciding How To Go Back to School

Department of Health and Human Services, January 2021

This tool is designed to help parents, caregivers, and guardians weigh the risks and benefits of available educational options to help them make decisions about sending their child back to school.

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Infectious Diseases and Public Health
Adapting PBIS Practices for Rural Settings: Remote Instruction Strategy Matrix

Third Party, November 2020

This Remote Instruction Strategy Matrix by the Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS) with corresponding resources that can be tailored in intensity to meet various student needs (social, emotional, behavioral well-being, academic engagement) provides educators within the rural education setting with a continuum of learning support strategies that can be followed by adaptations for implementation based on available technology. 

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