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: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Dr. Adelaida Rosario from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) explains why we know the COVID-19 vaccines are safe. Millions of people have received COVID-19 vaccines under the most rigorous safety monitoring in U.S. history, so you can get vaccinated with confidence. Find vaccines near you at https://www.vaccines.gov/. For more resources see: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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: Chicago State University Vaccination

The best way to stay in the game? Get vaccinated. #BackTogether #shorts

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Implementation Stories

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education: Acceleration Roadmap

The Acceleration Roadmap is a tool for teachers and leaders in Massachusetts to support acceleration of student learning. While the pandemic impacted all students, it exacerbated existing inequities and opportunity gaps for historically underserved students.

This roadmap offers a focused and phased approach to supporting students as they return to school. On this Web page you will find two versions, one designed for classroom educators and one for building administrators.

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Innovative Spotlight

At a Glance: American Rescue Plan Discussion Starter for District Teams

This document is designed to help school district teams engage in meaningful conversations about how to use Federal American Rescue Plan Act funds to address students’ academic and social-emotional needs in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

See examples of evidence-based strategies and supporting resources to address the academic impact of lost instructional time and meaningful family and community engagement, and providing social-emotional and mental health supports.

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Federal, State & Local Resources

State of California: Safe Schools for All Hub

California's Safe Schools for All Plan provides the support and accountability to establish a clear path to minimize in-school transmissions and enable (1) a phased return to in-person instruction and (2) ongoing safe in-person instruction.

The Safe Schools for All Hub consolidates key resources and information related to COVID-19 and schools. New resources will be added to the Hub on a routine basis. Resources are provided in English and Spanish.