Safer Schools and Campuses Best Practices Clearinghouse Home Page

Secretary Cardona visits schools around the country to share the importance of addressing the impact of lost instructional time; student and staff social, emotional, and mental health well-being; and family engagement. Learn about how states and districts can use American Rescue Plan funding to support these critical areas here.

6 Ways Schools Can Promote COVID-19 Vaccines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (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: School-Based COVID-19 Testing

This short video provides information on how schools can offer regular COVID-19 testing as a safe and effective way to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep students in school for in-person learning.

Spotlight: Kearsarge Regional School District SAU 65

Learn how Kearsarge Regional School District in New London, New Hampshire has spent American Rescue Plan (ARP) relief funds to support students and staff, including installing HVAC systems, hiring more staff, and tackling the urgent needs of its schools during the pandemic. #ARPStars

Spotlight: White Plains Public Schools

Learn how White Plains Public Schools in White Plains, New York has spent relief funds to invest in HVAC units, support the mental health of its teachers, and make sure student learning is not disrupted. #ARPStars

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Implementation Stories

Arkansas Department of Education: Arkansas Tutoring Corps

Using American Rescue Plan funds, the Arkansas Department of Education created the Arkansas Tutoring Corps, which includes recruitment, preparation, and support for candidates to become qualified tutors to provide instruction for students most impacted by lost instructional time.

The Arkansas Tutoring Corps project will enhance learning experiences of students impacted by lost instructional time as a result of the pandemic and address gaps in foundational skills in mathematics and literacy. #ARPStars

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Innovative Spotlight

National Comprehensive Center: The American Rescue Plan Act Partnership, Assistance, Transformation, and Heightened Support Resource for States (ARP PATHS)

ARP PATHS invites states to voluntarily describe the strategies they are implementing to serve as promising practices in ensuring ARP ESSER funds are used appropriately and effectively. The tool offers considerations for states as they build capacity and communicate their work to the public.

Topics addressed by the tool include implementing strategies to support safe in-person instruction, incorporating ongoing engagement with parents and other stakeholders, addressing learning loss, meeting urgent staffing needs, and ensuring transparency.

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Federal, State & Local Resources

Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) Announces 79 Districts Intend to Participate in TN ALL Corps Tutoring

Learn about TDOE’s use of relief funds to support the Tennessee Accelerating Literacy and Learning Corps (TN ALL Corps) tutoring program to mitigate learning loss and accelerate student achievement.

Participating districts and the TDOE will invest a projected $200 million in Federal education funding in TN ALL Corps, benefiting nearly 150,000 students over the next three years. #ARPStars