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Protecting You and Yours

Resources educators and communities can use to create safe, just learning environments and protect ourselves and our families.
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Mitigation Strategies

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Clean Air and Surfaces

With in-person instruction at schools and campuses, questions about the health hazards of cleaning and disinfecting products and protocols continue to arise.
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School Operations and Contingency Plans

10 guidelines for in-person instruction
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Vaccines

Vaccines are the safest and most effective way we can protect ourselves and our loved ones from the coronavirus.

More Safety Plans, Protocols, and Guidance

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Funding Your Safety Plans

Learn how you can unlock funds from the American Rescue Plan, among other legislation, to fund your cleaning and safety plans.
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Mental Health Safety

Its not just about protecting our bodies. We also must protect our mental health
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Advocating for Educators’ Legal Rights

NEA details your rights and protections as an educator during the pandemic.

Using Our Collective Voice

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Advocating for ESSER Funds

NEA guidance for how local affiliates can bargain and advocate for resources that not only support student learning, but also students’ social-emotional well-being.
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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.
From national advocacy to individual support, NEA is working to ensure that education is affordable and accessible to all.

Educator Workload

Educators are feeling overwhelmed as their demands have expanded during the pandemic
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Educator Voice in the COVID-19 Environment

Learn about how collective bargaining plays a role in ensuring educators' safety during in-person instruction.
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Amplifying Educator Expertise to Address COVID-19 Issues

The voices and expertise of educators have never been more important.
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Assignments and Staffing During COVID-19

This NEA guidance offers suggestions for ongoing labor-management conversations related to changes in assignments and staffing.
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Funding the Recovery

Thanks to the tireless advocacy of NEA members, we have an unprecedented opportunity to reshape the future of public education with the huge investment in public schools under the American Rescue Plan (ARP).

Educator Rights

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Educator Rights to Accommodations

Learn how COVID-19 impacts your right to accommodations under the ADA.
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Workers Compensation

Learn about your rights and remedies if you contract COVID-19 at work.
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Paraeducator and Other Education Support Professional Rights

This guidance provides information about safety practices as well as your rights to accommodation and leave under federal law.
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COVID-19 and Liability Waivers

Before you sign, learn about your rights.
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Additional Resources

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Vaccine Resources

We've collected information and resources to help educators and parents make an informed decision about how best to protect our students.
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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.