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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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Will the Pandemic Change Homework Forever?

During remote learning, all school work became homework, forcing educators to re-examine what works and doesn't.
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NEA Position on COVID-19 Vaccinations for Students

NEA supports widespread use of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccinations for children under 16 years old.
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What Does the American Rescue Plan Mean for Educators and Students?

Thanks in large part to educator advocacy, the latest pandemic relief package provides nearly $170 billion to help schools and campuses to operate safely.
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Educators Ready for Fall, But a Teacher Shortage Looms

Stress may have become significantly worse during the pandemic - and it may drive more teachers out of the profession.
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Bargaining for the Common Good: Sample Demands for Safe and Just In-Person Learning

You and your community can use these criteria to ensure the health and safety of students, educators, and families.
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How to Help Your School Community Through Grief and Loss

Countless people have been touched by grief during the pandemic, and people working in schools have often struggled with it – in an atmosphere where there is so much else that we have lost.
NEA President Becky Pringle
“The American Rescue Plan will undoubtedly alleviate some of our nation’s immense suffering, but there is still much work ahead to fully recover from the worst crisis to hit this country in more than a century — and to build back something better.”
Quote by: Becky Pringle, NEA President

Popular Resources

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Mitigation Strategies for Safe In-Person Learning

Based on the CDC’s measures “essential to the safe delivery of in-person instruction” we have created resources to help our members implement the safest practices and mitigation strategies during in-person instruction.
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Learning Beyond COVID-19: A Vision for Thriving in Public Education

For students to learn now and beyond COVID-19, we must create the conditions to help them thrive.
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FAQ: COVID-19 and Liability Waivers

Before you sign, learn about your rights.
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How Do I Get a Vaccine?

Educators and school personnel in K-12 schools now have priority access to the COVID-19 vaccine in all US states, territories, and the District of Columbia through the federal retail pharmacy program.

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.)

Share Your Story

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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Great public schools for every student

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.