PreK-12 Schools

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 it is crucial for all students’ academic and social emotional development 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.

On November 2, 2021, CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, M.D., M.P.H., endorsed the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) recommendation that children 5 to 11 years old be vaccinated against COVID-19 with the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric vaccine. CDC now expands vaccine recommendations to about 28 million children in the United States in this age group and allows providers to begin vaccinating them as soon as possible. Click here to learn more.

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

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.

Submit Your Lessons Learned and Best Practices

Have a lessons learned or best practice for operating PreK-12 schools and school districts safely 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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U.S. Department of Education: Strategies for Using American Rescue Plan Funding to Address the Impact of Lost Instructional Time.

Graphic of nine multi-ethnic students wearing masks.

U.S. Department of Education: Strategies for Using American Rescue Plan Funding to Address the Impact of Lost Instructional Time

This resource from the U.S. Department of Education provides information on how COVID-19 relief funds can be used to address the impact of lost instructional time as a result of the pandemic, including strategies to address student social, emotional, and academic needs; support parents and caregivers; and use of assessment data to support student learning.

Learning Recovery: How to Develop and Implement Effective Tutoring Programs with a teacher and student going over a lesson book.

Learning Recovery: How to Develop and Implement Effective Tutoring Programs

Tutoring is an effective option for addressing the impact of lost instructional time, with evidence indicating that consistently delivered high-dosage tutoring by teachers, paraprofessionals, and volunteers with significant training and ongoing support provides effective and substantial positive results. This interactive resource on tutoring offers a self-guided tour through a rich collection of resources from the vast literature on tutoring. For educators, resources include an introduction to learning loss and learning recovery, best practices in designing tutoring programs, and examples of tutoring programs currently in place. For district and State administrators, resources include the evidence of effectiveness of tutoring programs, guidance for scaling tutoring programs, and costs of tutoring programs.

Submit Your Lessons Learned and Best Practices

Have a lessons learned or best practice for operating PreK-12 schools and school districts safely 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.