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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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Healthy Indoor Environments in Schools During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

Third Party, 2021

This webpage contains links to resources and guidance from Federal agencies about indoor air considerations for schools during COVID-19 and for school reopening, as well as Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Tools for Schools resources to help create, maintain, and improve healthy learning environments beyond the pandemic.

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Responding to COVID-19: Anxiety & Return to Work/School

Department of Health and Human Services, 2021

Returning to school or work in this current phase of COVID is perhaps less isolating, but still a time of stress and anxiety. This webpage includes resources developed by the Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network and other reputable national organizations for individuals returning back to work and school in person.

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