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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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Schools and Childcare Programs

Department of Health and Human Services, February 2022

This webpage provides strategies and resources to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and maintain safe operations in schools, child care programs, and institutions of higher education.

Infectious Diseases and Public Health
2022: Staying In School In-Person

Department of Education, January 2022

This guidance outlines four important COVID-19 mitigation strategies for schools to keep students and staff safe, healthy, and ready for in-person learning.

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