COVID-19 Resources for K-12 Districts

K-12 schools are the center of a community and provide vital services for students across the country. These resources provide guidance on continuing essential services while schools are closed and preparing for illness in your community.

Alliance for a Healthier Generation COVID-19 Resource Hub

Healthier Generation provides free, evidence-based resources to support the physical, social, and emotional health of children and their caregivers. Here you will find a selection of these resources designed to support parents and educators in reducing stress, eating healthy, moving regularly, getting quality sleep, and more.

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COVID-19 Child Nutrition Guidance and Meal Sites by State

This map includes links to each state agency’s website that includes guidance on how to serve meals during school closures. In addition, you will find a link to a list or map of meal sites available in the state (if available). Click on each state for a menu with links to the resources.

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Serving Students During the Coronavirus: Best Practices

This guide from the Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy at Columbia University addresses best practices for school meal programs.

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COVID-19 School Response and Operationalizing CDC Guidelines Webinar

This webinar features the lived experiences of school cleaning leaders from K-12 districts and higher education who have deployed rapid responses to operationalize the CDC’s guidance. This session builds on the previous two webinars in this series.

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COVID-19 and K-12 Response Webinar

This webinar features the lived experiences of school cleaning leaders from K-12 districts who have deployed rapid responses to operationalize the CDC’s guidance and a robust Q&A session.

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Child Trends: Laws By State on How Schools Should Address Pandemics

This resource from Child Trends and EMT Associates, Inc. provides the text of state statutes and regulations—as well as noncodified guidance from state health and education agencies—that relates to pandemic planning for schools. This tool is designed as a resource for educators, policymakers and general audiences to learn more about pandemic planning for schools within their states.

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US Department of Education COVID-19 Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel

As the news around COVID-19 changes rapidly, school leaders can access the most updated USDA press releases to best understand how to service all students given evolving educational mandates and increased flexibilities afforded to districts during this pandemic.

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National School Boards Association: Preparing for Widespread Illness in Your School Community: A Legal Guide for School Leaders

This document provides guidance to school leaders when planning for COVID-19 challenges in their district, including a planning checklist, and a catalogue of relevant resources.

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Food Research and Action Center: Preparing for the Impacts of the Coronavirus on Health, Well-being, and Food Security

Food insecurity for students and families is a serious concern during this time of widespread school closures. The Food Research and Action Center summarizes changes to child and adult food program waivers under the Families First Act, explains USDA actions regarding nationwide child nutrition waivers, and provides a resource for school superintendents to meet student nutritional needs during the COVID-10 pandemic.

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CDC: Considerations for School Closure

This guidance for state and local leaders is based on available science and consultation with school health experts. To assist leaders in decision-making, they can refer to a chart indicating the impact of school closures for various time durations on families, students, and schools, as well as how different time spans could affect the spread of disease and the healthcare sector.

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CDC: FAQ for K-12 Schools and Childcare Programs

The CDC offers answers to frequently asked questions for administrators, teachers and parents when planning and responding to COVID-19, as well as considerations for the cancelation of school events and school closures. This resource is also available in Spanish.

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CDC: Resources for K-12 Schools and Childcare Programs

This guidance provides updated recommendations for schools and childcare programs before and during a COVID-19 outbreak, including new considerations for school closures and strategies for mitigation based on the level of COVID-19 cases within a community. This resource is also available in Spanish.

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