“RETURN TO SCHOOL ROADMAP”: New support for students and schools

U.S. Dept. of Education's "Return to School Roadmap" helps prepare for school year

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A new resource to support students, educators, schools and communities to return to in-person classes in the fall is now available through the U.S. Department of Education.

On Monday the “Return to School Roadmap” was issued to provide important resources to school communities in and outside of the classroom by emphasizing how federal funding can support the safe return to the classroom environment by reducing transmission.

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“Over the past year-and-a-half, as a nation, we experienced struggles like never before. But from that struggle, came resilience,” says U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. “Teachers, principals, school staff, parents, and – most importantly – our nation’s students rose to the occasion. They demonstrated what is possible if we follow key mitigation strategies to keep our students and school communities safe.”

The Roadmap outlines three important priorities for schools, districts and communities to focus on.

  • Putting the health and safety of staff, students and educators first
  • Building communities within schools and supporting the emotional, mental and social health of students
  • Furthering academic achievement

Resources on each of these priorities will be given to parents.

A fact sheet was released by the White House was released alongside the Roadmap to emphasize how their American Rescue Plan is assisting the Roadmap plan.

Secretary Cardona will be going across the country to visit schools and welcome students back to in-person learning and help in implementing the Roadmap’s priorities.

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“I’m proud to be releasing these tools to help make sure students, parents, schools, educators, and communities receive the communication and support they need to make this academic year a success, and I want all schools this year to lead with a clear focus on health and safety, student wellbeing, and academic acceleration as students return to classrooms nationwide,” says Secretary Cardona.

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