Health and wellness

Massachusetts first state to require students get flu shot

The flu shot mandate could set the stage for other states to enact similar measures; either way, school district leaders should be prepared to offer guidance to faculty and parents

3 COVID insights from schools that have reopened

Districts that have reopened are providing a cautionary tale about the risk of COVID spreading among teachers and students, Johns Hopkins University experts say. 

How to block COVID’s spread from schools to the community

Creating student cohorts of limited size is an effective way thay school administrators can stem COVID-19 transmissions when classrooms reopen for in-person instruction.

A sub-optimal situation: The need for more teachers

School districts large and small have been working to bolster substitute teacher pools to prepare for teacher shortages during the coronavirus pandemic. Will it be enough?

Here’s one way to get enough masks and PPE to reopen safely

Schools can fortify their supply chain and build up reserves of masks, hand sanitizer and other PPE with a more strategic procurement approach.

11 facts about teachers who lack health insurance

Nearly half a million teachers lack health insurance or appropriate healthcare coverage as some return to in-person instruction during the COVID pandemic, according to a survey. 

4 ways to include SEL in reopening plans

Here's how to provide students, families and staff healing opportunities as they return to school, whether it's back to school in person or through distance learning, including equity-focused SEL to support antiracism practices.

5 insights into students’ mental states during COVID

Older students and those in the Black, Latinx and LGBTQ communities suffering higher rates of depression and anxiety during COVID and online learning, a Youth Truth survey found.

CDC updates K-12 face mask guidance, recommends plan to prevent bullying

The agency recommends people wear cloth face coverings, not face shields, in public settings and when around people who live outside their household, especially when social distancing is difficult to maintain.

4 ways to build student resilience

Students of all abilities can better cope with coronavirus-related uncertainties when educators help them with resilience—and teaching students related skills can be done in-person or through virtual learning.

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