School Reopening Resource Hub

Schools and colleges across the country are still figuring what school will look like during the 2020-2021 school year. Regardless of whether that is a virtual classroom, in-person learning or a combination of the two, this school year presents unique challenges.

We know there is a lot of information out there, so the Healthy Schools Campaign team has vetted resources and created a curated list to help schools, parents, educators and cleaning staff think about how to return to school—with a focus on health and wellness. The resources are available sorted by audience and topic, and all the resources are included below if you’d rather browse.

We still offer a full set of resources related to health and wellness in our Resource Center and encourage you to check those out as well.


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Planning for the Next Normal at School: Keeping Students, Staff, and Families Safe and Healthy

This playbook offers an evolving collection of recommendations, co-authored by Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Action for Healthy Kids, Healthy Schools Campaign, SHAPE America, and FutureEd to address the total health needs of the school community for in-person and virtual learning environments.

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Social Emotional Learning for Home & School

This resource can help increase positive relationships and build in time for addressing well-being and mental health needs with your students. Created by Class Catalyst & Mindful Practices. Available in Spanish.

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Providing Health Services During School Closures

March 2021 | This report examines the challenges schools have encountered while providing physical, behavioral and mental health services during the Covid-19 pandemic. It considers the impact of state and federal policies, including how state Medicaid programs are responding to ensure reimbursement and funding, and documents emerging best practices and guidance, especially around telemedicine and parental consent.

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Making Connections Backpack – Prevention Institute

The Making Connections Backpack is a resource library from Prevention Institute for those engaged in building a gendered and community-level approach to improving mental …

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Fun and Simple Yoga Sequences for Home or School

By Mindful Practices.

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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 sus estudiantes. Creado por Class Catalyst & Mindful Practices.

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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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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 …

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American Academy of Pediatrics: COVID-19 Guidance for Safe Schools

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 policies for safe schools during the COVID-19 pandemic that foster the overall health of children, adolescents, educators, staff, and communities and are based on available evidence.

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Considerations for school-related public health measures in the context of COVID-19

World Health Organization This resource provides considerations for decision-makers and educators on how or when to reopen or close schools in the context of COVID-19.  …

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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 …

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Safe Return to Play & Recess Guidelines

Playworks’ Recess Guidelines are based on CDC and state guidelines as of July 2020. Additional updates are available on Playworks’ website.

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

FutureEd and Attendance Works expanded their Attendance Playbook to reflect schools’ realities during and after the pandemic. It offers ideas for how to encourage and track attendance during distance learning and includes more than two dozen effective and readily scalable approaches to reducing chronic student absenteeism in the wake of Covid-19.

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Operating schools during COVID-19: CDC’s Considerations

This resource intended to aid school administrators as they consider how to protect the health, safety, and wellbeing of students, teachers, staff, their families, and …

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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 …

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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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Analysis of School Reopening Plans

Johns Hopkins University eSchool+ Initiative tracks which categories are present in state and territory school reopening plans. The data is regularly updated. The eSchool+ initiative formed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in order to develop tools and resources for schools to think responsibly about caring for students during school closures and reopenings.

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

Dr. Erica O. Turner and her colleagues from the Equity in Action Committee (of the Lapham-Marquette Parent Teacher Group in Madison, Wisconsin) published a digestible and robust resource to empower families, educators and community groups to take action toward greater equity and justice in pandemic schooling.

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Reunite, Renew and Thrive: SEL Roadmap for Reopening School

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (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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