PreK-12

Students constantly achieve new milestones in their academic and social emotional development. Schools and educators, along with families and caregivers, play a critical role in guiding students to these milestones, and celebrating with students as they continue to grow and learn. Schools, and all places of educational instruction, serve as hubs of learning, development, socializing and enrichment for their students.

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted schooling for countless students, causing extended building closures, and adjusted learning environments, requiring educators, administrators, staff and students to adjust the ways they teach, learn and participate in PreK-12 education. Elementary schools through high schools — regardless of student makeup or geographical location—have all worked tirelessly to ensure that students have the tools, resources and necessities they need to succeed in their studies in these challenging times. As schools continue to reopen and stay open, educators and school staff must work in collaboration with community partners to continually identify and meet students’ safety, social, emotional, mental health, academic, financial and other needs. This work will remain, particularly for students from historically underserved communities, and is crucial for students’ academic and social emotional development and to address gaps that existed but have been made worse by the pandemic.

Middle-school students in a classroom wearing masks

The resources on this page offer information for supporting students; maintaining safe and healthy environments; and helping to ensure teacher and staff well-being, professional development and supports. As we know that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on specific communities, these resources contain a specific focus on supporting the students furthest from opportunity and most likely to be negatively impacted by the pandemic. Teachers, faculty, staff, schools, districts, other places of educational instruction and States may use these best practices and lessons learned to inform their strategies for responding to student and family needs throughout the ongoing school building reopening process.

Submit Your Lessons Learned and Best Practices

Have a lessons learned or best practice focused on helping to ensure equity as schools and campuses work to continually reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic? Visit the Best Practices Submission page to view details on submission requirements, and then e-mail Bestpracticesclearinghouse@ed.gov to share your lessons learned or best practice.

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Regional Educational Laboratory West, “Strategies for Educators to Support the Social and Emotional Needs of Students Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic and the Demand for Racial Justice: Plans for Reopening Schools”

In this webinar, panelists share evidence and information about social and emotional competencies that educators can use to restore and rebuild conditions of success for students upon reopening. Using a trauma-informed lens, panelists provide strategies for: creating safe and supportive school environments, promoting family and community communication and collaboration, and fostering collective care.

Tulsa Public Schools,
“Care & Connect Hours”

Hear from Andrea Castaneda on Tulsa Public Schools’ successful investment in student well-being by creating weekly ‘Care & Connect Hours’ where students can safely return to their school to interact with their teachers and classmates, get educational guidance, technology support, and get social and emotional support.

Submit Your Lessons Learned and Best Practices

Have a lessons learned or best practice focused on helping to ensure equity as schools and campuses work to continually reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic? Visit the Best Practices Submission page to view details on submission requirements, and then e-mail Bestpracticesclearinghouse@ed.gov to share your lessons learned or best practice.

Provide Feedback

Have feedback to share on a resource accessed on the Clearinghouse site? We want to hear from you. Select the button below to share your feedback with the U.S. Department of Education and the Clearinghouse team.