COVID-19 Resources for Teachers Test (DNA-F2L-Health Wellness)

Despite widespread school closures, we know teachers across the country are still educating students and working with families. Here are some resources for distance learning, talking to your students about the global pandemic and being prepared.

Health and Wellness

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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…

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

Guidance for higher education on planning, preparing and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, including cleaning, communications and travel.

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Return to School Roadmap: An Opportunity Lab Initiative

A roadmap of essential actions to help district and school leaders plan and implement a safe, efficient, and equitable return to school.

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American Federation of Teachers: Safely Reopening America’s Schools and Communities

This guide features five core pillars based on the science as well as educator and healthcare expertise on how to safely and responsibly reopen school buildings and other institutions crucial…

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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 with schools in creating…

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Reopening Schools in the Context of COVID-19: Health and Safety Guidelines From Other Countries

Learning Policy Institute This brief provides insight into health and safety guidelines and social distancing strategies used in other countries that have successfully reopened their schools in the context of…

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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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Guidelines for COVID-19 Cleaning and Disinfection

Healthy Green Schools & Colleges This resource provides K-12, college and university facility, custodial and housekeeping managers actionable best practices to protect students, staff and custodial personnel amid the COVID-19…

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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 track attendance during distance learning.…

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CDC School Decision-Making Tool for Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians

This tool is designed to help parents, caregivers, and guardians weigh the risks and benefits of available educational options to help them make decisions about sending their child back to…

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CDC Back to School Planning: Checklists to Guide Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention This resource is intended to help parents, guardians, and caregivers, plan and prepare for the 2020-2021 school year.

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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 Site

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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 education was developed by…

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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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The Exercise Game Instructions / El Juego de Ejercicio instrucciones

An instructional video with Spanish subtitles is available.

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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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Fit to Learn Physical Activity Tracker

We created this poster to help teachers track physical activity, recess and brain breaks in their classroom.

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Chicago Educator Webinar: Addressing Chronic Absenteeism

Students who aren’t in school—no matter the reason—can’t learn. In Chicago and across the country, a staggering number of children are chronically absent, often at a very young age and…

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Fit to Learn Tip Sheet: Healthy Celebrations and Rewards

Celebrations and rewards are a big part of school culture. Help students make nutritious food choices all day long! Beyond regular meals, snacks are sometimes offered during in-class celebrations or as rewards from…

Healthy Celebration Sample Letter

A sample letter of communicating a healthy celebration to parents, guardians and staff. In an editable Microsoft Word template.

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Healthy Fundraising Sample Letter

A sample letter of communicating a healthy fundraiser to parents, guardians and staff. In an editable Microsoft Word template.

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Fit to Learn

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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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Fit to Learn Physical Activity Tracker

We created this poster to help teachers track physical activity, recess and brain breaks in their classroom.

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Español Healthy Celebration Letter

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Teacher Fact Sheet: Worm Composting

A tip sheet from our Fit to Learn Worm Composting booster.

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Staff Wellness: Why It Matters and What Can Be Done

This booster will help you create a healthy work environment for you and your colleagues by providing free and cost-effective resources including health screenings, gym memberships and motivational strategies. Guest…

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Fit to Learn Tip Sheet: Building Your Team

Although individuals within schools can make big strides toward school wellness, real progress takes a great team. Use these tips to create a strong support system for a healthy school…

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Fit to Learn Tip Sheet: Healthy Fundraising

Schools have many options for successfully raising money while keeping school wellness a priority—without relying on sales of unhealthy foods. Learn more about easy ways to hold healthy fundraisers in…

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Fit to Learn Tip Sheet: Nutrition Education

Good nutrition can go far beyond the cafeteria—into the classroom! Nutrition education can be a separate curriculum or it can be woven into existing standards-based curricula.

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Fit to Learn Tip Sheet: Physical Activity

Physical activity during the school day helps students focus better in the classroom, increases social skills and encourages an active lifestyle. Activity in the classroom is also a great way…

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Fit to Learn Tip Sheet: Garden-Based Learning

School gardens allow students to participate in hands-on activities. School gardens can strengthen academic and social skills as well as allow students to develop life skills in areas such as…

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Fit to Learn Tip Sheet: Healthy Celebrations and Rewards

Celebrations and rewards are a big part of school culture. Help students make nutritious food choices all day long! Beyond regular meals, snacks are sometimes offered during in-class celebrations or…

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Fit to Learn: Fruit or Not?

It may come as a surprise, but several vegetables we eat every day are actually fruits! In this lesson, challenge what your students already know to see if they can…

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Fit to Learn: Walking the Walk: Learning with Pedometers

Pedometers are great tools for measuring physical activity levels and motivating students. Some PE departments may have funds for these or companies may be willing to make a donation for…

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Fit to Learn: Calories In, Calories Out Word Problem

There are many misconceptions surrounding the concept of calories. This lesson will introduce students to the role of calories in healthy living and the management of calorie intake/output in regards…

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Fit to Learn: Lunch in Havana

In this lesson, students will learn about healthy eating as well as the culture and history of Cuba.

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Fit to Learn: Sack It! Building a Healthy Lunch

This lesson introduces students to the different food groups and the types of foods in each. Students will also learn why it is important to eat a variety of foods.…

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Fit to Learn: The MyPlate Shuffle

MyPlate reminds us to eat a variety of foods each day and to make healthy choices about those foods. This lesson introduces students to the different food groups and the…

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Fit to Learn: The Power Inside Fruits & Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables contain vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants essential for maintaining good health and development in children. The first activity in this lesson introduces the essential nutrients in fruits and…

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Fit to Learn: World Class Healthy Cooking Relay

Making healthy food choices is a skill no matter where you live. In this lesson, students learn about foods from other countries, healthy and unhealthy ways to cook foods, and…

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Fit to Learn: Building a Food Vocabulary

Taste is a complex sense that influences what we like to eat and our food choices. After completing the lesson “Nutritious Words,” this activity will help students develop a wider…

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Fit to Learn: Classifying the Edible Parts of Plants

After completing the lesson “Fruit or Not?” students will have been introduced to one of the six edible parts of plants. This lesson will build on that understanding as students…

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Fit to Learn: Eating a Rainbow

Making colorful food choices every day helps encourage students to eat a variety of foods that are both delicious and high in vitamins and minerals. In this lesson, students will…

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Fit to Learn: Food Group Frenzy

Some of the most important things students can be introduced to at this age are the five food groups. Knowing the five food groups will help students make balanced and…

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Fit to Learn: Nutritious Words

With a little creativity, a typical spelling lesson can also be an exercise in hand-eye coordination and nutrition! In this lesson, students will use new props to add “flavor” to…

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Fit to Learn: Young Yogis

Yoga is a great tool to use in the elementary classroom. Yoga can energize, refocus, redirect or relax students. It can be done with both limited time and space in…

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Chicago Educator Webinar: Healthy Students Are Better Learners

Schools play an important role in supporting student health and wellness. Studies document what teachers, parents and education leaders know: healthy students are more likely to attend school and are…

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Chicago Educator Webinar: Addressing Chronic Absenteeism

Students who aren’t in school—no matter the reason—can’t learn. In Chicago and across the country, a staggering number of children are chronically absent, often at a very young age and…

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Español Healthy Fundraising Letter

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Delicious Nutritious Adventures

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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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