Safer Schools and Campuses Best Practices Clearinghouse Home Page

We know that getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is the best way to protect yourself and those around you as we begin the 2021-22 school year. When I visited a pop-up vaccination clinic in Topeka, Kansas, I learned again how eager students are to get back to in-person learning for the 2021-22 school year. Please see this great webpage from the Department of Health and Human Services for information on how you can open a pop-up vaccination site at your school or district.

Miguel A. Cardona, Ed.D., Secretary of Education

6 Ways Schools Can Promote COVID-19 Vaccines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):

  1. Set up a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at your school.
  2. Partner up on COVID-19 vaccine-related activities in your community.
  3. Arm school staff with resources for answering general COVID-19 vaccination questions.
  4. Promote vaccine confidence among students, parents, and guardians.
  5. Promote well-child visits for routine health needs.
  6. Make COVID-19 a teachable moment.

Reopening Safely

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Safe and Healthy Environments

Learn about school, early childhood program, and campus approaches to implementing guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as other strategies for preparing for and sustaining safe in-person operations.

Student Supports

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Providing Supports to Students, Young Children, and Families

Learn how to support the social, emotional, mental health, academic, developmental, and basic needs of all learners, including access to food and other basic needs, with a specific focus on the most vulnerable learners and ensuring that resources provided by schools and campuses will be able to connect with and meet the needs of those disconnected from learning and those whose communities have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.

Educator Supports

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Teacher, Early Childhood Provider, Faculty, and Staff Well-Being, Professional Development, and Supports

Learn how to better address the well-being and professional needs of teachers, early childhood providers, faculty, and staff, including strategies to address their social, emotional, health, and other needs. Teachers, early childhood education providers, faculty, staff, schools, districts, institutions of higher education, other places of educational instruction, and States may use these lessons learned, best practices, and Federal resources to create plans of action. They may also help enhance efforts to provide professional development to teachers, faculty, and staff returning to schools.

Our Mission

To develop, maintain, and continually enhance a Safer Schools and Campuses Best Practices Clearinghouse, per Executive Order (E.O.) 14000 issued by President Biden, that provides collections of lessons from the field in support of students, young children, families, teachers, early childhood providers, faculty, and staff, as schools, early childhood programs, and campuses continue to reopen following closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This collection of lessons learned and best practices provides resources to identify and support the needs of all students, and particularly historically disadvantaged students, to ensure that all have access to a high-quality education.

Spotlight: Secretary Cardona’s Washington Post Series, “Opportunity in Crisis”

Secretary Miguel Cardona offers thoughts and inspiration on supporting students and educators across grade spans for a successful in-person school year for 2021-22 and beyond. He emphasizes the need to address the holistic needs of everyone in the educational community and the opportunity to promote equity as we move forward.

Spotlight: REL Appalachia at SRI International

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a stressful and even traumatic time for many students. Educators need to be equipped with tools to identify and support students who have experienced trauma. This video by Jennifer Nakamura provides an overview of common trauma symptoms that students may exhibit and identifies preventative strategies to support all students and targeted strategies to support students in crisis. It also highlights other resources to support a school-wide trauma-informed approach.

Spotlight: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - We Can Do This!

Find out how to get vaccinated against COVID-19 if you are eligible and have not yet been vaccinated.

Accelerating Student Learning With High-Dosage Tutoring

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Implementation Stories

EdResearch for Recovery

This brief highlights the evidence behind various design aspects of effective tutoring, including frequency, group size, personnel, focus, measurement, relationships, curriculum, and scheduling.

Access this resource on the Region 7 Comprehensive Center website. The document provides hyperlinks to resources for readers to access.

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Innovative Spotlight

RIDE: Learning, Equity and Accelerated Pathways Task Force Report

Learn about Rhode Island’s approach to redesigning and transforming its educational system via a task force to examine how it has been addressing learning and equity.

The report provides an example of how an expert task force and the diverse voices of the State’s educational stakeholders worked together to plan a path forward in the wake of the pandemic and beyond.

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Federal, State & Local Resources

Return to School Roadmap

See a variety of resources and examples from the field at each of the three roadmap landmarks: health and safety of students, school personnel, and families; student social, emotional, and mental health; and accelerating student learning.

COVID-19 has impacted every American school community. Now, with access to vaccines for school staff and eligible students, proven virus prevention strategies, and unprecedented Federal pandemic relief funds, America’s schools are open for in-person learning.