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COVID-19 + Schools

Supporting the entire school community is the heart of Healthy Schools Campaign’s work. By engaging with parents, teachers, school leaders and policymakers, we help schools increase their capacity to address student health needs and work to ensure that policies are in place to support healthy school environments.

We know many of you are on the frontlines of this crisis, cleaning schools, figuring out distance-learning and talking to your children about the pandemic. This section provides a curated set of resources to support your efforts. 

Healthy School Campaign Publications



School Buildings: Cleaning & Disinfection

Guidelines for COVID-19 Cleaning and Disinfection

 Healthy Green Schools & Colleges’ Guidelines for COVID-19 Cleaning and Disinfection provide K-12, college and university facility, custodial and housekeeping managers actionable best practices to protect students, …

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Disinfectants for Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The EPA has identified the disinfectants on this list as effective in killing coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) when used according to the label directions.

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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 University Response Webinar

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

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Indoor Air Quality

Ventilation in Schools and Childcare Programs

Ventilation is one component of maintaining healthy environments, and is an important COVID-19 prevention strategy for schools and childcare programs. This site will show you how to use CDC …

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ASHRAE: Reopening of Schools and Universities

This resource from American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers aims to help designers retrofit and plan for the improvement of indoor air quality and to slow the transmission of viruses via the HVAC systems.

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Public Health Guidelines

Colleges, Universities, and Higher Learning: Plan, Prepare, and Respond

This CDC resource for administrators, faculty, staff and students provides a wealth of information for all phases of COVID-19 planning and strategy.  …

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Roadmap to Reopening Safely and Meeting All Students’ Needs

The U.S. Department of Education offers initial evidence-based strategies for providing equitable and adequate educational opportunities that address the impact of COVID-19 on students, educators, …

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Schools for Health: Risk Reduction Strategies for Reopening Schools

This resource from Harvard Chan School’s Healthy Buildings Program presents a range of control strategies that should be considered in discussions of school reopenings.  …

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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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School Reopening: Recommended Toolkits

Covid-19 Reference

The National Association of School Nurse's COVID-19 Reference contains condensed information and evidence-based references and resources designed to assist school nurses in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic …

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In-Person Learning Resources for Parents and Caregivers at Chicago Public Schools

Is my school taking the right steps to keep students safe? Read Healthy Schools Campaign’s essential resource for expert answers.

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COVID-19 Planning Considerations: Guidance for School Re-entry

American Academy of Pediatrics The purpose of this guidance revision is to continue to support communities, local leadership in education and public health, and pediatricians collaborating …

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Safe Return to Play & Recess Guidelines

Playworks The Recess Guidelines include options for what recess could look like based on CDC and state guidelines as of July 2020.   …

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When Learning Starts: Playbook for Healthy School Communities

Kaiser Permanent Healthy Schools Campaign contributed to this resource that features actionable strategies for school staff, educators and families for dealing with and preventing COVID-19. Visit this …

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National Association of School Nurses: Coronavirus Disease 2019 Resources

This catalogue of resources includes special guidance to school nurses in preparing and responding to COVID-19 in their communities, as well as general guidance on COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and various other health and education organizations.

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School Health: Public Policy

Providing Health Services During School Closures

Recommendations for how federal and state agencies can disaster proof school health services before the next public health crisis or natural disaster.

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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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School Health: Equity

Learning Beyond COVID-19: A Vision for Thriving in Public Education

Two professional teaching organizations report on their joint effort to "define the essential elements that we believe are necessary to effectively understand and address the …

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Attendance Playbook: Smart Solutions for Reducing Chronic Absenteeism in the Covid Era

FutureEd and Attendance Works expanded the Attendance Playbook to reflect schools’ realities during and after the pandemic. If offers ideas for how to encourage and …

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Analysis of School Reopening Plans

Johns Hopkins University eSchool+ Initiative This resource tracks which categories are present in state and territory school reopening plans.   …

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Equity in Pandemic Schooling: An Action Guide for Families, Educators & Communities

Equity in Action Committee of the Lapham-Marquette Parent Teacher Group in Madison, Wisconsin This toolkit full of practical ways parents and families can support equity in …

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School Health: Social & Emotional Learning

The Mindful Blog

Mindful Practices’ works with schools nation-wide to provide custom Social Emotional Learning (SEL) activities, professional development, trainings, certifications, and workshops. Their website offers short essays, …

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Social Emotional Learning for Home & School

This resource can be a start to increase positive relationships and build in time for addressing well-being and mental health needs with your students. Created …

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Reunite, Renew and Thrive: SEL Roadmap for Reopening School

CASEL created the SEL Roadmap to support school leaders and leadership teams in planning for the transition back to schools. The roadmap focuses on four social and emotional learning practices and includes specific activities for each.

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Food Access: School Meals

Pandemic EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer)

The Food Research and Action Center has pulled together a rich resource of information on the. Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT). The P-EBT provides nutritional resources …

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USDA: School Meals

USDA's Food and Nutrition Service answers your questions about nutritional assistance during this national emergency. Find lists, databases, and FAQs for your questions about what …

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Chicago Public Schools Grab and Go Meal Sites Interactive Map

Chicago Public Schools Grab and Go Meal Sites Interactive Map: This map provides the locations and hours of sites where parents and children can pick up meals. Each child gets a bag with breakfast and lunch for three days. Children do not need to be CPS students.

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Food Access: Programs

Federal Nutrition Programs

COVID-19 has impacted all federal nutrition programs. Here is updated information about the following programs: Pandemic EBT; Supplemental Nutrition (SNAP); School Breakfast Program; National School …

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USDA Nutrition Assistance Programs

Looking for food access programs? Much info here re: federal nutrition assistance programs, food distribution programs, child nutrition programs, and numerous other population-specific programs.  …

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At Home: Health & Wellness

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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CDC: Clean & Disinfect Guidelines for Households

This guidance provides recommendations on the cleaning and disinfection of households where persons under investigation or those with confirmed COVID-19 reside or may be in self-isolation. It is aimed at limiting the survival of the virus in the environment. These recommendations will be updated if additional information becomes available. These guidelines are focused on household settings and are meant for the general public.

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At Home: Meal Preparation

Big Green Homegrown

Big Green’s new online hub and weekly email series full of fun and educational activities for kids and families.

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Common Threads Common Bytes digital learning platform

Common Threads is providing its digital learning platform for free. This platform provides students, parents and educators ways to learn about food and learn how to cook food.

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Start Simple with MyPlate: Food Planning During the Coronavirus Pandemic

This guide contains information on food planning, including what to buy, how much to buy, and preparation tips.

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At Home: Movement

Fun and Simple Yoga Sequences for Home or School

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The Exercise Game Video

Instructions and recording sheets are available in English and Spanish. Instrucciones en inglés y español.   …

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Playworks Play at Home

This free resource provides a library of videos, games and activities families can play at home. Each of the activities meets CDC requirements of social distancing and limited equipment. Playworks is also hosting a morning warm-up (11 a.m.), a midday game (1 p.m.), and an afternoon cooldown (3 p.m.) Monday-Friday live on its Facebook page.

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Chicago Run Family Fit Kit

Chicago Run is posting a live video each day, featuring the Chicago Run coaches; running family fitness challenges; and sharing ways families can celebrate together …

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Fit to Learn Physical Activity At-Home Tracker

We created this poster to help students track physical activity, recess and brain breaks at home.

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Recursos en Español

Recursos de aprendizaje en persona para padres y cuidadores en las escuelas públicas de Chicago

Marzo 2021 | Después de casi un año del cierre de escuelas y de aprendizaje a distancia debido a la pandemia mundial del COVID-19, las …

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Yoga + Geometría

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Movimientos/Poses de Yoga divertidas y simples para el hogar o la escuela

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Aprendizaje social y emocional el hogar & la escuela

Este recurso puede ser un comienzo para aumentar las relaciones positivas y construir el tiempo para abordar las necesidades de bienestar y salud mental con …

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The Exercise Game Instructions / El Juego de Ejercicio instrucciones

An instructional video with Spanish subtitles is available.  …

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