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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.

Guidance
Infectious Diseases and Public Health
School Closings Due to COVID-19 Present Potential for Increased Risk of Child Exploitation

Department of Justice, March 2020

Due to school closings as a result of COVID-19, children will potentially have an increased online presence and/or be in a position that puts them at an inadvertent risk. Due to this newly developing environment, the FBI is seeking to warn parents, educators, caregivers, and children about the dangers of online sexual exploitation and signs of child abuse.

Guidance
Infectious Diseases and Public Health
Promising Practices and Approaches to Support Remote Learning

Department of Education, 2020

When schools are forced to shutter their doors because of natural phenomena, remote learning takes on added importance. Recent school closures because of COVID-19 have highlighted the need for a better understanding of the most promising remote learning strategies when there are no classroom alternatives. We reviewed 110 studies on the effectiveness of remote learning practices in K-12 settings.

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