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Safe and Just Schools in 2021 and Beyond

NEA is here to ensure we rebuild schools with an emphasis on equity, return to the classroom safely, protect the most vulnerable students, and help educators navigate their rights and responsibilities amidst the COVID-19 crisis.

As schools and campuses reopen, it’s a make-or-break moment for the future of education. To ensure the safety and success of you and your students — during the COVID-19 pandemic, and long after — we’ve assembled helpful classroom resourcesprofessional development, legal guidance, and advocacy opportunities to help educators turn this crisis into an opportunity to build back better.

Recent Updates

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NEA Survey: Only 1 in 5 Educators Have Been Vaccinated

Vast majority of educators say they will feel safer about working in-person as a result of the vaccine.
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Educators Fight to Get Vaccinated

After months of union-led activism, a group of very vulnerable teachers in Texas has received the COVID-19 vaccine.
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Dr. Anthony Fauci Answers Educator Questions About COVID-19

NEA and AFT host a virtual “fireside chat” with the nation's leading infectious-disease expert.
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New CDC guidance is first step, now leaders must make the investments to keep educators and students safe

Leaders cannot pick and choose which guidelines to follow and which students get resources to keep them safe
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As Educators Struggle With Stress, Unions Step In

The trauma of living—and teaching—through a pandemic has pushed many educators to the breaking point. Their unions are helping with trainings and newly bargained resources.
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What COVID-19 Taught Us About Special Education

Students with special needs, their parents, and educators faced uniquely complicated challenges during the pandemic.
NEA President Becky Pringle
We cannot lose sight of the fact that school-related transmission can still pose serious risks. Truly, no one wants to get back to in-person instruction more than educators — but we must do so safely.
Quote by: Becky Pringle, NEA President

Popular Resources

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COVID-19 and Workers Compensation

Learn about your rights and remedies if you contract COVID-19 at work.
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NEA Position on COVID-19 Vaccines

NEA supports widespread use of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccinations.
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FAQ: COVID-19 and Liability Waivers

Before you sign, learn about your rights.
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COVID-19 Reporting System

Report COVID-19 cases and health and safety issues in your school or district.

COVID-19–Related Micro-Credentials

Now's the perfect time to demonstrate your competence in subjects that are particularly relevant when coping with the impact of COVID-19.
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Technology Integration 101

Learn how to integrate digital tools (Google docs, QR codes, student response systems and more) into classroom lessons.
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Cultivating Socially Just Environments

Deepen your understanding of how to cultivate socially just educational environments.
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Cultural Competence Standard

Examine cultural contexts and learn to interact across cultural contexts with sensitivity to differences like economics, race, and disability. (For education support professionals.)

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As the country grapples with the impact of COVID-19, our members are looking for help and hope. Use the form below to share how you’re getting through this tough time, a story about an educator going beyond the call of duty, or an inspiring photo or video.

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Join the Community of Educators Navigating COVID-19 Together

Join our Facebook group to connect with NEA members in your states and locals to seek and share important information about how COVID-19 is affecting your communities and what’s being done to support your students and one another.
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The National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States.