Planning and Sustaining COVID-19 Recovery

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Since 2020, schools have played an important role in helping health officials and communities respond to the COVID-19 ("Coronavirus") pandemic across the United States. By collaborating and coordinating with State and local health departments, State and local educational agencies, other education leaders, and elected officials, school systems have also played a primary role in supporting students, their families, and staff. As schools manage learning and nurture well-being for America’s students, the National Center on Safe and Supportive Learning Environment [NCSSLE] appreciates the extraordinary challenges for school systems and communities as they continue to mitigate adverse impacts of the pandemic. On behalf of the U.S. Department of Education, the NCSSLE team is committed to identifying and building on lessons learned to reimagine what it means to create and maintain a safe and supportive learning environment within the context of planning and sustaining pandemic recovery. 

Note: This webpage is updated on an ongoing basis.

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CDC Updates and Simplifies Respiratory Virus Recommendations: On March 1, 2024, CDC released updated recommendations for how people can protect themselves and their communities from respiratory viruses, including COVID-19. The new guidance brings a unified approach to addressing risks from a range of common respiratory viral illnesses, such as COVID-19, flu, and RSV, which can cause significant health impacts and strain on hospitals and health care workers. CDC is making updates to the recommendations now because the U.S. is seeing far fewer hospitalizations and deaths associated with COVID-19 and because we have more tools than ever to combat flu, COVID, and RSV.

Adverse Events Associated With COVID-19 Pharmaceutical Treatments: The purpose of this rapid review is to determine if COVID treatments authorized for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are associated with serious harms. The review will be used by the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program to inform a Countermeasures Injury Table (Table). Once a Table and any relevant amendments are published, the Table will be used to make benefits eligibility determinations for covered injuries or deaths. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) commissioned this rapid review using abbreviated methods to provide an assessment of evidence in a compressed timeframe to inform HRSA’s work.

Stay Up to Date with COVID-19 Vaccines: COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States are effective at protecting people from getting seriously ill, being hospitalized, and dying. As with other vaccine-preventable diseases, you are best protected from COVID-19 when you stay up to date with the recommended vaccinations.

Operational Guidance for K-12 Schools and Early Care and Education Programs to Support Safe In-Person Learning: Schools and early care and education (ECE) programs are an important part of the infrastructure of communities as they provide safe, supportive learning environments for students and children and enable parents and caregivers to be at work. Schools and ECE programs like Head Start also provide critical services that help to mitigate health disparities, such as school lunch programs, and social, physical, behavioral, and mental health services. This guidance can help K-12 schools and ECE programs remain open and help their administrators support safe, in-person learning while reducing the spread of COVID-19. Based on COVID-19 hospital admission levels, this guidance provides flexibility so schools and ECE programs can adapt to changing local situations, including periods of increased community health impacts from COVID-19.

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