Safer Schools and Campuses Best Practices Clearinghouse Home Page

Our top priority in the coming months must be to work together to continue to safely reopen all schools for in-person learning, beginning with children in grades K-8. The data, and daily experience, show our children need us to find a way to take this step. My career experiences have taught me that education is primarily a State and local endeavor, and I know everyone has performed heroically under these difficult circumstances, taking steps toward reopening and supporting students wherever they are learning.

Our role at the Department is to provide guidance and directions on how to do it safely and equitably. We know the best ideas start with you; together, we can support one another on the safe reopening of our schools, while sharing the lessons learned from this past year. The Safer Schools and Campuses Best Practices Clearinghouse provides resources for communities, schools, educators, and families as we work together to continue to reopen our schools for in-person learning and support the needs of all students, particularly historically underserved students and those who have been impacted greatest by the pandemic.

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

Reopening Safely

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Safe and Healthy Environments

Learn about early childhood program, school, 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 Young Children, Students, 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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Early Childhood Provider, Teacher, Faculty, and Staff Well-Being, Professional Development, and Supports

Learn how to better address the well-being and professional needs of early childhood providers, teachers, faculty, and staff, including strategies to address their social, emotional, health, and other needs. Teachers, faculty, staff, schools, districts, Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs), early childhood education providers, 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 young children, students, families, Early Childhood Programs, teachers, faculty, and staff, as early childhood programs, schools, 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 all have access to a high-quality education.

Spotlight: Tulsa Public Schools

Tulsa Public Schools worked with their faculty to ensure pre-K through 12th grade students had the resources they needed during the pandemic to be successful in new and innovative ways of learning. Click here to learn more.

Spotlight: Cajon Valley Schools

Cajon Valley Schools understood that due to the pandemic, they needed to better personalize learning models to ensure students could receive the instruction they needed and retain information in their own ways. Click here to learn more.

Spotlight: Montgomery County Upper Middle School

Montgomery County Upper Middle School created a school leadership team that takes on problems and works to improve school learning climate so that faculty have the support they need. Click here to learn more.

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Implementation Stories

New York City Department of Education

In New York City, schools have worked tirelessly with labor partners in order to reopen schools safely and quickly.

NYCDOE has implemented a number of CDC recommended safety protocols for students, families, staff, and educators to make sure that schools are kept safe and students can continue to learn.

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Innovative Spotlight

Tulsa Public Schools

Tulsa Public Schools will be expanding summer learning this year, and will launch Ready. Set. Summer!

Ready. Set. Summer! is a summer learning and enrichment program that will give every Tulsa student access to fun, engaging, and supportive summer learning experiences at no cost. In addition, TPS will support community partners as they provide summer enrichment activities for Tulsa children throughout the summer.

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Federal, State & Local Resources

U.S. Department of Education Releases COVID-19 Handbook, Volume 2: Roadmap to Reopening Safely and Meeting All Students' Needs

Federal, State & Local Resources

U.S. Department of Education Releases COVID-19 Handbook, Volume 2: Roadmap to Reopening Safely and Meeting All Students' Needs