U.S. Department of Education “Return to School Roadmap” for 2021-22 School Year
The U.S. Department of Education has released the “Return to School Roadmap,” a resource to support students, schools, educators, and communities as they prepare to return to safe, healthy in-person learning this fall and emerge from the pandemic stronger than before.
The Roadmap provides key resources and supports for students, parents, educators, and school communities to build excitement around returning to classrooms this school year and outlines how federal funding can support the safe and sustained return to in-person learning. It includes:
- A fact sheet for schools, families, and communities on the Return to School Roadmap
- A checklist that parents can use to prepare themselves and their children for a safe return to in-person learning this fall, leading with vaccinating eligible children and masking up if students are not yet vaccinated.
The Education Department also has two publications focusing on strategies and practices important for schools to use to reopen safely.
Volume 1 provides families, schools and the community key health and safety measures for reopening schools. Volume 1 highlights factors that need to be addressed for specific groups of students, including students with disabilities, one of the groups hardest hit by the impact of COVID-19.
Volume 2 provides more specific practices for meeting the basic and other critical needs of students.