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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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How Schools and Early Care and Education (ECE) Programs Can Support COVID-19 Vaccination

Department of Health and Human Services, 2022

Schools are consistently a large part of the daily life for many American children and families and uniquely positioned to link to, or even help deliver COVID-19 vaccines for all those who are eligible. This webpage outlines action steps school leaders can take to support COVID-19 vaccine uptake and improve health literacy among staff, students, and families in their community.

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Interactive School Ventilation Tool

Department of Health and Human Services, May 2022

If a teacher or student has been infected with COVID-19, improving ventilation can help prevent virus particles from accumulating in the air. Use this interactive tool to see how particle levels change as you adjust ventilation settings in your school, and how to decrease particle levels.

 

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Infectious Diseases and Public Health
Ventilation in Schools and Childcare Programs

Department of Health and Human Services, 2021

Ventilation is one component of maintaining healthy environments, and is an important COVID-19 prevention strategy for schools and childcare programs. This webpage highlights ways you can improve ventilation in your school or childcare program, whether in a large building or in a home.

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