It’s time to invest in student & educator well-being
Our students reach their fullest potential when they—and their educators—are healthy and safe in their schools.
As the nation’s largest union, the National Education Association is stepping up to ensure the protections and infrastructure our children and educators so desperately need to succeed and live healthy lives are implemented across the nation. A child who is sick cannot learn, and a sick educator cannot teach – our elected officials owe it to every parent and family in America to ensure the health and safety of future generations and those who foster them.
We have put together a series of resources for educators, families, lawmakers, local unions, and school leaders on how to best advocate and support health and safety in our schools on the following issues.
White House Fall 2022 Health and Safety Townhall for Back-to-School
Learn how Heads of Department of Education, Health and Human Services, CDC answered questions from NEA and AFT Presidents.
Students can’t learn if they aren’t well. Increasingly, that means our students and educators must receive the mental health support they need, and schools must have the resources, staffing, and programs necessary to effectively address the mental health challenges they face.
Healthy Buildings & Systems
This resource page provides guidance on developing and implementing indoor air quality plans in schools and how to use CO2 monitors to improve indoor air quality.
Gun Violence Prevention
Since 2020, the No. 1 cause of death for kids in America are guns. Educators are increasingly expected to transform from nurturers to first responders at a moment’s notice—having to decide the best ways to protect their students based on the circumstances. NEA remains committed to ending gun violence in our nation’s public schools and communities.
Infection Control & COVID-19
To ensure the safety and success of you and your students — during the COVID-19 pandemic, and long after — we’ve assembled helpful resources on finding and requesting tests for your school, protecting your rights and your students’ safety, and information on vaccines and boosters.
NEA's School Crisis Guide
A step-by-step outline of what to do before, during, and after any school or community crisis.
Decoding Educator Healthcare Benefits
Making sense of your health care coverage is important, whether you’re reviewing the plan you are currently enrolled in, working with your employer to restructure a plan, or looking for a new plan. NEA's health care experts have broken down some of it for you.
News from NEA
Make Educator Well-Being a Priority Now
According to a new survey, teachers are twice as likely to experience job-related stress compared to other working adults.
Mental Health in Schools: The Kids Are Not All Right
As students' mental health needs rise, so do educators' demands for help.
Monkeypox Risk is Low as Students Return to School, CDC Says
School nurses, following CDC guidance, are monitoring monkeypox and COVID-19 this fall.
Protecting Your Rights
NEA's Office of General Counsel and other experts detail your rights and protections as an educator during the pandemic.
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