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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.

Targeted Violence
K-12 Site Assessment Resources

Department of Education

This resource guide provides school planning and site assessment teams with a suite of resources to improve the safety and security of schools, with information on a variety of topics including building design, maintaining safe and healthy facilities, and preparing for threats and hazards.

Infectious Diseases and Public Health
White House Toolkit: Federal Resources for Addressing School Infrastructure Needs

The White House, 2022

This toolkit reviews the resources related to school infrastructure that can support state educational agencies, local educational agencies, and schools. It offers sources of live technical support from federal agencies, key technical guides, and financial resources, including those for indoor air quality, lead removal, and energy efficiency.

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