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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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All Infectious Diseases and Public Health Resources

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
Improving Ventilation in Schools, Colleges, and Universities to Prevent COVID-19

Department of Education, August 2021

This resource helps schools improve their ventilation systems to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and provide healthy learning environments. It outlines how American Rescue Plan funds can be used to improve indoor air quality and is part of the Department of Education’s efforts to support schools as they prepare to welcome students back to in-person learning this fall.

Guidance
Infectious Diseases and Public Health
Cleaning and Disinfection for Community Facilities

Department of Health and Human Services, June 2021

This guidance provides recommendations on the cleaning and disinfection of rooms or areas occupied by those with suspected or with confirmed COVID-19.

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