Prioritize the Health and Safety of Students, School Personnel, and Families

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Landmark 1: Prioritize the health and safety of students, school personnel, and families

My child is safe and healthy, and my family is supported.

As we resume in-person learning, working to ensure the health and safety of school communities must be the top priority. Here are some steps you can take to prioritize the health and safety of the school community this academic year. Below are resources from the Department of Education and across the Federal government to support this effort.

  • Communicate frequently with families – in their home language – and work to build their confidence that children will be safe in-person
  • Encourage and provide access to vaccinations for eligible students and staff
  • Implement COVID-19 testing in schools
  • Address ventilation needs where applicable
  • Mask-wearing and distancing where possible in non-fully vaccinated communities and school settings, in line with CDC K-12 guidance
  • Provide safe transportation
  • Provide affordable child care
  • Ensure access to healthy meals and other basic needs

Health and Safety Resources

Health and Safety Examples from the Field

Schools and districts across the country have deployed innovative strategies to protect the health and safety of their school communities and increase access to vaccinations. Check out a few examples below:

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