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Safe and Just Schools in 2020 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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Many Educators Buckling Under Pandemic Workload

Constantly shifting demands, increased hours, and high levels of stress are leading to burnout.
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Webinar: Returning Safely to In-Person Instruction

As debate over reopening schools intensifies, NEA recently took questions from its members to address the unprecedented challenges facing educators and students.
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All Hands on Deck: Guidance Regarding Reopening School Buildings

A guide to intentionally planning for school success during COVID-19 and beyond with health, safety, student learning, and equity at the forefront.
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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.)
NEA President Becky Pringle
We will get into good trouble every day, in every state, in every community all across this nation to keep our students and educators safe and center our schools in equity and excellence during the COVID-19 crisis.
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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Webinar: COVID-19 Sick Leave, Family Leave, and Unemployment Insurance

NEA’s Office of General Counsel talks about your rights to new paid sick and family leave benefits under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
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FAQ: COVID-19 and Liability Waivers

Before you sign, learn about your rights.

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.