Topic-Specific Resources to Support Your Emergency Management Planning
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Coronavirus Disease 2019 , COVID-19

Education agencies across the nation have been working tirelessly throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to support their students, families, staff, faculty, administrators, and communities. Whether you are new to school emergency management planning or are an experienced school safety leader, the REMS TA Center is here to support you and your education agency with the information, products, and services you need to respond to, continue to operate during, and recover from COVID-19. Find guidance, resources, training, and tools in one centralized location on COVID-19 and infectious disease planning activities. This page is updated on a regular basis in order to provide you with the most up-to-date information. We encourage you to bookmark this page and check in daily.

View the latest recommendations and resources from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Education, REMS TA Center, and Federal agency partners on the topic of COVID-19 and infectious disease planning within K-12 schools and institutions of higher education via this page.

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Guidance

Preparing K-12 School Administrators for a Safe Return to School in Fall 2020
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Child Traumatic Stress Network
K-12
Access information on the critical role of schools, why it's important to open schools for in-person instruction, and how schools can prepare for going back to in-person instruction.

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School Decision-Making Tool for Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Child Traumatic Stress Network
K-12
Find information on decision-making considerations and reviewing your school's plans to reduce risk.

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Back to School Decision Making Tool
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Child Traumatic Stress Network
K-12
Use this tool to explore questions regarding virtual/at-home learning feasibility, academic and social-emotional wellbeing, and school-based services.

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Back to School Planning: Checklists to Guide Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Child Traumatic Stress Network
K-12
Find information on planning for in-person classes and virtual or at-home learning, including mental health and social-emotional wellbeing considerations.

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Checklist: Planning for In-Person Classes
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Child Traumatic Stress Network
K-12
Use this checklist for actions to take and points to consider regarding planning for in-person classes. Topics include cloth face coverings and mental health and social-emotional wellbeing.

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Checklist: Planning for Virtual or At-Home Learning
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Child Traumatic Stress Network
K-12
Use this checklist for actions to take and points to consider regarding planning for virtual or at-home learning. Topics include setting up for virtual or at home learning and mental health and social-emotional wellbeing.

Guidance

Guidance for K-12 School Adminstrators on the Use of Cloth Face Masks in Schools
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Child Traumatic Stress Network
K-12
Find considerations, information on unintended consequences, and practical recommendations for the use of cloth face coverings among K-12 students.

Guidance

Screening Students for Symptoms
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Child Traumatic Stress Network
K-12
Find information on limitations of symptom screenings as a part of school reopening strategy, considerations if symptom screenings are used in school settings, uses of symptom screening, daily home screening for students, return-to-school policies, and school isolation protocols.

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FAQ for School Administrators on Reopening Schools
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Child Traumatic Stress Network
K-12
Find answers to frequently asked questions regarding planning and responding to COVID-19 and reopening schools.

Training

Supports for Students and Families Experiencing Homelessness During the COVID-19 Pandemic
REMS TA Center
K-12
Learn how schools can support students and families experiencing homelessness as they plan for reopening and about common challenges faced by education agencies and solutions.

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FDA Updates on Hand Sanitizers with Methanol
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
K-12; Higher ed
Find information and advisements on hand sanitizer products.

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Resources for Education Providers and Families
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education
K-12
Find resources and supports created by the Office of Elementary of Secondary Education, its technical assistance Centers, and other partners across the U.S. Department of Education and government.

Training

Supporting Children and Adolescents During COVID-19
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Child Traumatic Stress Network
K-12
Watch this Webinar about how to support young people during COVID-19 and resources from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

Guidance

Video Conferencing: Guidelines to Keep You and Your Students Safe
Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency
K-12
Find cybersecurity tips for hosting video conferences during school at home.

Guidance

Cybersecurity Recommendations for K-12 Schools Using Video Conferencing Tools and Online Platforms
Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency
K-12
Find recommended security practices and best practices on cybersecurity that can be used by school district and campus IT administrators and staff, as well as teachers.

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COVID-19 Resource Center
National Association of School Psychologists
K-12
Access supports on returning to school, service delivery and special education, mental health, and other topics during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Keeping Children Safe Online
U.S. Department of Justice
K-12
Find information and resources to help protect children and keep them safe while they are online.

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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Forum
REMS TA Center
K-12
Access and share resources, tools, questions, and information specific to COVID-19 on the REMS TA Center Community of Practice.

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Resilience Quick Links for School Personnel, Families, and Students: Ensuring the Well-Being of the Whole School Community During School at Home
REMS TA Center
K-12; Higher ed
Access key practical steps and quick links to learning opportunities and resources on resilience and well-being in the context of a pandemic and emergency events.

Training

Ensuring Continuity of Feeding and Food Distribution During the COVID-19 Pandemic Webinar
REMS TA Center
K-12
Learn about this key element of continuity of operations planning, models being used on the state level, and Federal authorizations, waivers, and resources. Presenters represent the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Georgia Department of Education, Tennessee Department of Education, New Jersey Department of Education, Oklahoma State Department of Education, U.S. Department of Education, and REMS TA Center.

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Cyber Safety Quick Links for Protecting Youth: Empowering Students to Become Responsible Digital Citizens and Engage Online Safely
REMS TA Center
K-12
Access key practical steps and quick links to Websites offering free cyber safety resources, tools, and training for students, families, and school safety teams.

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Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planning for Education Agencies: Ensuring Continuity of Teaching and Learning During Prolonged Absences, Dismissals, and Closures
REMS TA Center
K-12
Read about continuity of operations annexes, key considerations for continuity of teaching and learning, educator tools to support distance education.

Training

Infectious Disease Planning Specialized Training Package
REMS TA Center
K-12
Download this training package to learn and train colleagues on how to incorporate infectious disease planning into a school emergency operations plan.

Training

School EOPs In-Depth: Planning for Infectious Diseases Online Course
REMS TA Center
K-12
Take this online course to learn how to develop an Infectious Disease Annex and begin infectious disease planning at your school.

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Infectious Disease Tabletop Exercise
REMS TA Center
K-12
Find a tabletop exercise presenting a situation in which your school’s emergency planning team is preparing for an infectious disease outbreak.

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Infectious Disease Tabletop Exercise Podcast
REMS TA Center
K-12
Listen to this podcast with a tabletop exercise responding to an infectious disease outbreak.

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Infectious Disease Tabletop Exercise Resources
REMS TA Center
K-12
Find information, exercises including tabletop exercises, and a training package on preparing for infectious diseases, including information on coping with stress.

Training

Understanding Educator Resilience & Developing a Self-Care Plan
REMS TA Center
K-12
Watch this Webinar about resilience and compassion fatigue; the impact of stress, burnout, and compassion fatigue on the education environment; how to identify signs and symptoms of compassion fatigue; and how to develop a professional self-care plan.

Training

Understanding Educator Resilience & Developing a Self-Care Plan
REMS TA Center
K-12
Download this training package to learn and train colleagues on resilience, compassion fatigue, professional self-care plan development, and strategies that can be employed in order to work more effectively with students impacted by stress, loss, and trauma.

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Building a Self-Care Action Plan
REMS TA Center
K-12; Higher ed
Use this worksheet to brainstorm what activities you can do to promote self-care and what kinds of support you need to make these activities and your wellness a priority.

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10 Tips for Teaching the Psychological First Aid Model
REMS TA Center
K-12
Read about the PFA model, its core elements, and 10 tips to support its implementation before, during, and after emergency events.

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Coordinating a Response to H1N1: One District’s Experiences (Lessons Learned Volume 4, Issue 3)
REMS TA Center
K-12
Learn how a large school district coordinated its response when it experienced an infectious disease outbreak in its schools, and review lessons learned.

Training

Developing a Recovery Annex
REMS TA Center
K-12
Download this training package to learn and train colleagues on how to develop a Recovery Annex and integrate it in the school emergency operations plan.

Training

Emergency Exercises Package
REMS TA Center
K-12
Download this package, which contains a tabletop exercise for an infectious disease outbreak, to identify gaps and weaknesses in and strengthen your school emergency operations plan.

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Ensuring Continuity of Operations and Learning During and After Emergency Incidents
REMS TA Center
K-12; Higher ed
Learn how to create a Continuity of Operations Annex, which helps ensure that essential functions continue during an emergency and its immediate aftermath. Find resources for preparing before, during, and after an emergency.

Training

Food Safety and Emergencies: Preparedness Activities for Schools
REMS TA Center
K-12
Watch this Webinar about resources from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the role of food services in larger recovery efforts.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): How Schools and Higher Ed Institutions Can Access FEMA’s Public Assistance Program
REMS TA Center
K-12; Higher ed
Find answers about applying to receive funding under the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Public Assistance program.

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H1N1: Responding to an Outbreak in New York City Schools (Lessons Learned Volume 4, Issue 1)
REMS TA Center
K-12
Learn how a large public school system responded to an infectious disease outbreak in its schools, and review lessons learned.

Training

How Schools and Higher Ed Institutions Can Access FEMA's Public Assistance Program
REMS TA Center
K-12; Higher ed
Watch this Webinar about grants available to educational facilities following a presidentially declared disaster that involves a public assistance clause.

Training

Implementing Psychological First Aid (PFA) in School and Postsecondary Settings
REMS TA Center
K-12; Higher ed
Watch this Webinar about PFA, its role following an emergency, and its use in the school setting.

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Managing an Infectious Disease Outbreak in a School (Lessons Learned Volume 2, Issue 3)
REMS TA Center
K-12
Learn how a school district managed an infectious disease in its schools, and consider including these suggestions in your emergency operations plan.

Training

Managing Donations and Volunteers Before, During, and After School and Campus Emergency Events
REMS TA Center
K-12; Higher ed
Watch this Webinar about operational considerations for managing donations and volunteers before, during, and after emergency events that impact communities.

Training

Managing Memorials and Anniversaries as a Part of Overall School and Higher ed Safety Planning
REMS TA Center
K-12; Higher ed
Watch this Webinar about creating a plan to manage memorials and anniversaries, as well as managing donations and volunteers as a part of planning around this topic.

Training

Planning to Recover From Emergencies at Districts and Schools
REMS TA Center
K-12
Watch this Webinar about the four recovery components, the process for including recovery activities in planning efforts, and lessons learned from emergency events.

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Psychological First Aid (PFA) for Students and Teachers: Listen, Protect, Connect—Model & Teach
REMS TA Center
K-12
Read this publication on the use of PFA in schools and the strategy “Listen, Protect, Connect—Model & Teach,” including its goals, how schools can implement it, developmental concerns, and staff training considerations.

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Recovery for Schools and School Districts
REMS TA Center
K-12
Read this fact sheet about recovery, its four components and timeframes, examples of recovery activities, and integrating recovery efforts into emergency management planning.

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Responding to Infectious Disease: Multiple Cases of Staph Infections in a Rural School District (Lessons Learned Volume 3, Issue 3)
REMS TA Center
K-12
Learn how a rural school district responded to multiple cases of an infectious disease in its schools, and review lessons learned.

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Schools Respond to Infectious Disease (REMSExpress Volume 2, Issue 7)
REMS TA Center
K-12
Find information and resources on how schools can plan for pandemic influenza, including tips on prevention and mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.

Training

State and Local Perspectives on Emergency Management Back to School Activities
REMS TA Center
K-12
Watch this Webinar about incorporating emergency management into back to school activities.

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Supporting Efforts to Create a Public Health, Medical, and Mental Health Annex as a Part of Your Emergency Operations Plan
REMS TA Center
K-12; Higher ed
Learn how to create a Public Health, Medical, and Mental Health Annex, which helps support prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery efforts before, during, and after an incident. Find resources on public health, medical topics, and mental health.

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Tool Box
REMS TA Center
K-12; Higher ed
Find tools developed by K-12 and higher ed emergency managers in the field. Use the advanced search engine and select "Biological Hazards" to find tools that support infectious disease planning.

Guidance

HHS’ Administration for Children and Families to Release Funding to Support the Child Care and Development Block Grant
Administration for Children and Families
K-12
Find information on supplemental funding for the Child Care and Development Block Grant.

Guidance

COVID-19 Planning Considerations: Guidance for School Re-entry
American Academy of Pediatrics
K-12
Read about considerations for the creation of school reopening policies that foster the overall health of children, adolescents, staff, and communities.

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Influenza Syllabus Inclusion
Arkansas State University
Higher ed
Find sample language for an infectious disease policy that can be included in the syllabus. This language includes denial pf admission to class, the student’s responsibility to notify the instructor when ill, and preventive actions that students should take.

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Parent Letter and Poster: H1N1
Conroe Independent School District (Texas)
K-12
Review a school district’s letter informing parents of a health advisory issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of an infectious disease outbreak. The letter explains symptoms, lists ways to prevent the spread of the disease, and assures parents that the school is in communication with the county’s health department.

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Parent Letters and Posters: H1N1
District of Columbia Public Schools
K-12
Find these letters and information, some of which are in Spanish, from the District of Columbia Department of Health to parents stating that an infectious disease outbreak has occurred in the country and giving tips on preventing the spread of the disease. Review the press release about monitoring for the disease. Also, download the posters illustrating ways to prevention the spread of infection.

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Background Checks – Volunteers and Mentors
Fairfax County Public Schools (Virginia)
K-12
Download this sample policy on conducting background checks for volunteers and mentors.

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2014 National Seminar and Table Top Exercise for Institutions of Higher Education Situation Manual
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Higher ed
Read the situation manual on the tabletop exercise featuring a college campus affected by a novel strain of influenza; the manual provides goals and objectives for the exercise, scenario details, and general issues for discussion.

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2014 National Seminar and Table Top Exercise for Institutions of Higher Education Summary Report
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Higher ed
Read the summary report on a tabletop exercise featuring a college campus affected by a novel strain of influenza; the report summarizes key discussion points and makes recommendations for improving campus resilience.

Guidance

COVID-19 Fact Sheets & Guidance
Federal Emergency Management Agency
K-12; Higher ed
Access guidance documents and fact sheets that support COVID-19 response.

Guidance

Planning Considerations for Organizations in Reconstituting Operations During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Federal Emergency Management Agency
K-12; Higher ed
Read this guidance document on reconstitution and planning considerations.

Guidance

Eligible Emergency Protective Measures
Federal Emergency Management Agency
K-12; Higher ed
Read this fact sheet on emergency protective measures that may be eligible under the Public Assistance Program.

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Exercise Starter Kit for Workshop on Reconstituting Operations
Federal Emergency Management Agency
K-12; Higher ed
Use the facilitator guide and sample slides in this exercise starter kit to facilitate a planning workshop on reconstitution.

Guidance

COVID-19 Pandemic Operational Guidance for the 2020 Huricane Season
Federal Emergency Management Agency
K-12; Higher ed
Access information on preparing for hurricanes in the COVID-19 environment.

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Exercise Starter Kit for Preparedness in a Pandemic
Federal Emergency Management Agency
K-12; Higher ed
Use this exercise starter kit to conduct a virtual workshop and test your emergency operations plan, including its Hurricane Annex, during a pandemic.

Guidance

COVID-19 Congregate Meal Waivers & Q&As on Summer Meal Delivery Using Existing Authority
Food and Nutrition Service
K-12
Access guidance on meal delivery using existing authorities in summer meal programs. Congregate meal waivers from all 50 states, DC, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands have been approved, enabling SFSP and SSO sponsors to serve meals in non-congregate settings and at school sites during school closures related to COVID-19.

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Summer Food Service Program State Contacts
Food and Nutrition Service
K-12; Higher ed
Find state education agency contacts that operate school meals via the Summer Food Service Program.

Guidance

Child Nutrition COVID-19 Afterschool Activity Waiver
Food and Nutrition Service
K-12
Access guidance for states on afterschool activity nationwide waivers. A nationwide waiver has been approved to support access to nutritious meals and snacks while minimizing potential exposure to COVID-19.

Guidance

Child Nutrition COVID-19 Meal Times Nationwide Waiver
Food and Nutrition Service
K-12
Access guidance for states on meal time waivers. A nationwide waiver has been approved to support access to nutritious meals while minimizing potential exposure to COVID-19.

Guidance

Child Nutrition COVID-19 Non-congregate Feeding Nationwide Waiver
Food and Nutrition Service
K-12
Access guidance for states on non-congregate feeding nationwide waivers. A nationwide waiver of congregate feeding requirements has been approved to support access to nutritious meals and snacks while minimizing potential exposure to COVID-19.

Guidance

COVID-19 Nationwide Waiver to Allow Meal Pattern Flexibility in the Child Nutrition Programs
Food and Nutrition Service
K-12
Access guidance for states on meal pattern waivers. Nationwide approval has been provided for states to locally waive specific meal pattern requirements as needed to support access to nutritious meals when certain foods are not available due to COVID-19.

Guidance

COVID-19 Nationwide Waiver to Allow Parents and Guardians to Pick Up Meals for Children
Food and Nutrition Service
K-12
Access guidance for states on meal pickup waivers. States that have been approved for non-congregate feeding are allowed to waive the rule preventing parents and guardians from picking up meals for their children, as long as they protect accountability and integrity.

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FNS Response to COVID-19
Food and Nutrition Service
K-12; Higher ed
Find state waivers for Child Nutrition Programs, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, USDA Foods Programs, and Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children.

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Best Practices for Parent Pick-Up of Meals and Snacks
Food and Nutrition Service
K-12
Find questions to consider, tips and helpful suggestions, and safety reminders for non-congregrate sites distributing meals and snacks via parent pick-up.

Guidance

State Guidance on Coronavirus Pandemic EBT (P-EBT)
Food and Nutrition Service
K-12
Access information, flexibilities, and waivers for states that have been approved to operate a Pandemic EBT program.

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USDA Meals for Kids Site Finder
Food and Nutrition Service
K-12; Higher ed
Use this interactive map to find nearby sites, including directions to the site, hours of operation, and contact information.

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Best Practices for the Pick-up of Materials and other Belongings in the School Setting
Georgia Department of Education and Georgia Department of Public Health
K-12
Read this guidance document on steps for managing the pick-up of materials and other belongings from schools.

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COVID-19 Webinars
Georgia Department of Education and National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement
K-12
Watch these Webinars with Dr. David Schonfeld on supporting students and ourselves during a pandemic, talking to and supporting our students during the pandemic, and helping students and yourself with crisis and loss when school starts back.

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Protecting Children Amidst Crisis: A Mandated Reporters Role Presentation Slides
Georgia Department of Education and Prevent Child Abuse Georgia
K-12
Download this PDF of slides reviewing reporting child maltreatment during school closures and how mandated reporters can support prevention in a virtual learning environment.

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Protecting Children Amidst Crisis: A Mandated Reporters Role Webinar
Georgia Department of Education and Prevent Child Abuse Georgia
K-12
Watch this Webinar on reporting child maltreatment during school closures and how mandated reporters can support prevention in a virtual learning environment.

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Threat- and Hazard-Specific Annexes
Iowa Department of Education
K-12
Download this template for “Threat- and Hazard-Specific Annexes,” which allows identification of a specific threat or hazard with the “before” step, “during” step, and “after” step, with goals, objectives, and courses of action listed for each of the three steps.

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Pandemic Influenza Plan
Lancaster City Schools (Ohio)
K-12
Read this plan giving a coordinated school response to an infectious disease outbreak in the county. The plan is based on the emergency management planning steps of mitigation and prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery.

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Risk Communications: The Three R’s of H1N1
Los Angeles County Office of Education (California)
K-12
Download this PDF of slides reviewing the goals of effective communicating risks: communicating the right information to the right people at the right time. It also includes a case study.

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Measles Tabletop Exercise
Middlebury College (Vermont)
Higher ed
Download this PowerPoint with a tabletop exercise for an infectious disease outbreak on campus, covering initial response, extended response, and recovery efforts.

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Measles Tabletop Exercise Situation Manual
Middlebury College (Vermont)
Higher ed
Use this situation manual with the PowerPoint tabletop exercise for an infectious disease outbreak on campus.

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Considerations for School Nurses When Providing Virtual Care
National Association of School Nurses
K-12
Find information for school nurses on delivering telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Coronavirus 2019 Resources
National Association of School Nurses
K-12
Access COVID-19 resources for school nurses, administrators, and parents from NSAN, Federal agencies, and other organizations including the World Health Organization. The resource for parents is available in a variety of languages.

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Guidance for Healthcare Personnel on the Use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in Schools During COVID-19
National Association of School Nurses
K-12
Find information on using and planning for PPE in schools during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Virtual Service Delivery in Response to COVID-19 Disruptions
National Association of School Psychologists
K-12
Find information on delivering telehealth services to students and families.

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Telemental Health 101
National Center for School Mental Health
K-12
Watch this Webinar for school mental health practitioners to provide online mental health services to students and families during school closures.

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Coping in Hard Times: Fact Sheet for School Staff Teachers, Counselors, Administration, Support Staff
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
K-12
Learn about economic downturns, how they may affect emotional/behavioral health, and strategies for supporting students and helping them cope.

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Fighting the Big Virus: Trinka and Sam's Questions
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
K-12
Read this companion story designed for families and young children to help answer questions about COVID-19.

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Helping Children With Traumatic Separation or Traumatic Grief Related to COVID-19
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
K-12
Read tips on supporting children who are experiencing traumatic separation or traumatic grief related to COVID-19.

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Supporting Children During Coronavirus (COVID19)
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
K-12
Learn about how you can help children cope with and talk about COVID-19.

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Trinka and Sam Fighting the Big Virus: Trinka, Sam, and Littletown Work Together
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
K-12
Read this story designed for families with young children to talk about COVID-19 and feelings about the pandemic.

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Coping in Hard Times: Fact Sheet for Parents
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
K-12; Higher ed
Learn about economic downturns, how they may affect emotional/behavioral health, and strategies for supporting your family and helping your family cope.

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Coping in Hard Times: Fact Sheet for Youth High School & College Age
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
K-12; Higher ed
Learn about economic downturns, how they may affect emotional/behavioral health, and strategies for supporting yourself and helping yourself cope.

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Fighting the Big Virus: Trinka and Sam's Questions (Spanish)
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
K-12
Read this companion story designed for families and young children to help answer questions about COVID-19 in Spanish.

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Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope With the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
K-12
Learn about how you can prepare your family for an infectious disease outbreak, reduce your family's risk, and cope with stress caused by COVID-19.

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The Impact of COVID-19 on Child Sex and Labor Trafficking
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
K-12
Find information on what you can do about the increased risk of youth involvement in sex or labor trafficking and how to support yourself as a child-serving professional.

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Trauma-Informed School Strategies During COVID-19
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
K-12
Find information that supports the physical and emotional well-being of staff, the creation of a trauma-informed learning environment, trauma education and awareness, partnerships with students and families, cultural responsiveness, traumatic stress, and more.

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Trinka and Sam Fighting the Big Virus: Trinka, Sam, and Littletown Work Together (Spanish)
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
K-12
Read this story designed for families with young children to talk about COVID-19 and feelings about the pandemic in Spanish.

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COVID-19: Preparing for Widespread Illness in Your Community - A Legal Guide for School Leaders
National School Boards Association
K-12
Find a legal guide for school leaders as they plan for COVID-19 challenges in their school communities. The guide includes a planning checklist of issues.

Guidance

Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
K-12; Higher ed
Access guidance on reducing workers' risk of exposure to COVID-19, such as implementing workplace controls.

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Continuity of Learning During COVID-19
Office of Special Education Programs
K-12
Access Webinars focused on providing resources, tools, and practices to enhance the continuity of learning for students with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Pandemic Influenza Response Plan
Page County Office of Emergency Management (Virginia)
K-12
Review this plan presenting a detailed response to an infectious disease outbreak in the county. The plan covers planning, communications, response and recovery, and continuation of critical government services.

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Meningitis Vaccination Clinic Functional Exercise
Portland State University (Oregon)
Higher ed
Download this functional exercise for testing the logistical capacity of your campus in setting up and operating a mass vaccination clinic for an infectious disease.

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First-Line Supervisor Level H1N1 Flu Response Plan
Rochester Institute of Technology (New York)
Higher ed
Review this sample plan to help supervisors plan for staff absences from campus due to an infectious disease outbreak.

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Disaster Distress Helpline
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
K-12; Higher ed
Contact this national hotline at 1-800-985-5990 to receive free counseling and support before, during, and after an emergency event, such as COVID-19.

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Intimate Partner Violence and Child Abuse Considerations During COVID-19
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
K-12; Higher ed
Read about intimate partner violence, child abuse and neglect, and resources on domestic violence prevention, reporting, and awareness.

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Psychosocial Issues for Children and Adolescents in Disasters
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
K-12
Read this publication that offers resources to those working with children after an emergency event and discusses theories of child development as applied to youth experiencing the fear, anxiety, and trauma of emergency events.

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Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health: Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation During an Infectious Disease Outbreak
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
K-12; Higher ed
Find tips for social distancing, quarantine, and isolation during an infectious disease outbreak.

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Talking With Children: Tips for Caregivers, Parents, and Teachers During Infectious Disease Outbreaks
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
K-12
Read this publication that describes possible reactions to an infectious disease outbreak by age group and how parents, caregivers, and teachers can help children recover.

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Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event: A Guide for Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
K-12
Read this publication that describes possible reactions to an emergency event by age group and how parents, caregivers, and teachers can help children recover.

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Meningitis Outbreak Tabletop Exercise
Texas School Safety Center
K-12
Download this PowerPoint tabletop exercise of responding to an infectious disease outbreak on campus to evaluate your policies and procedures, as well as your command and control procedures; identify resources needed, training needs, and other improvements; and create an action plan.

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CDC Readiness and Planning Tool to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 in K-12 Schools
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
K-12
Use this tool while making initial preparations for school reopening to promote healthy behaviors, environments, and operations that reduce the spread of COVID-19.

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Colleges, Universities, and Higher Learning
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Higher ed
Access health considerations, tools, and more information to plan, prepare, and respond to COVID-19 at institutions of higher education.

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Considerations for Institutes of Higher Education
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Higher ed
Find considerations for general and on-campus housing settings, healthy behavior promotion, healthy environment and operation maintenance, and strategies for when someone gets sick.

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COVID-19 Fact Sheet
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
K-12; Higher ed
Read this fact sheet responding to frequently asked questions about COVID-19.

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COVID-19 One-Stop Shop Toolkits
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
K-12, Higher ed
Access videos, social media, PSAs, print resources, checklists, FAQs, and Web resources for K-12 schools, colleges and universities, youth sports, youth and young adults 15 to 21, and childcare programs and summer camps.

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Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
K-12; Higher ed
Find recommendations on cleaning and disinfecting areas visited by individuals with suspected or confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

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FAQs for Administrators, Teachers, and Parents
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
K-12
Find answers about planning and responding to COVID-19, including dismissals.

Resource

Frequently Asked Questions
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
K-12; Higher ed
Find answers about the risk of children contacting COVID-19, ways to protect children, school dismissals, and symptoms of COVID-19.

Guidance

Guidance for Administrators of Institutions of Higher Education
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Higher ed
Access guidance for administrators on preventing the transmission of COVID-19 among students, faculty, and staff; responding quickly to an outbreak; planning for the continuity of learning and research; and addressing the stigma associated with COVID-19.

Guidance

Guidance for Student Foreign Travel
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Higher ed
Find guidance for postponing or canceling student international travel programs because of the global outbreak of COVID-19 and asking current program participants to return to their home country.

Guidance

Interim Guidance for Administrators of US Childcare Programs and K-12 Schools
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
K-12
Find guidance for administrators of K-12 schools on preventing the spread of COVID-19 within schools, reacting should a case be identified, and planning for the continuity of teaching and learning if a community outbreak occurs.

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Natural Disasters, Severe Weather, and COVID-19
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
K-12; Higher ed
Find information and resources planning and preparing for hurricanes and other natural hazards that may occur during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Guidance

Operating Schools During COVID-19
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
K-12
Find information on how schools can promote behaviors that reduce spread, maintain healthy environments, maintain healthy operations, and prepare for when someone gets sick.

Training

Psychological First Aid: Addressing Mental Health Distress During Disasters
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
K-12; Higher ed
Watch this Webinar about PFA and PFA training resources that are available online and in-person.

Resource

Public Health Recommendations after Travel-Associated COVID-19 Exposure
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
K-12; Higher ed
Read guidance for public health authorities in U.S. jurisdictions that are not experiencing sustained community transmission of COVID-19, including a framework for assessing and managing risk of potential exposures as well as implementing public health actions based on a person’s risk level and clinical presentation.

Resource

School Nutrition Professionals & Volunteers
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
K-12
Find information on how school nutrition professionals and volunteers can protect themselves and slow the spread and steps employers should take.

Resource

Schools and Childcare Programs
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
K-12
Access information for school and program administrators, as well as parents and caregivers.

Tool

Schools Decision Tool
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
K-12
Use this tool to help make decisions regarding reconstitution at K-12 schools during the pandemic.

Resource

Stop The Spread Of Germs – Help Prevent The Spread Of Respiratory Viruses Like COVID-19
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
K-12; Higher ed
Download a graphic with tips to prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.

Resource

Talking with Children about Coronavirus Disease 2019
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
K-12
Find general principles for talking to and facts about COVID-19 for discussions with children.

Resource

Testing in Institutions of Higher Education
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Higher ed
Find interim considerations for testing to identify SARS-CoV-2, testing individuals with signs or symptoms consistent with COVID-19, and testing asymptomatic individuals.

Resource

Testing in K-12 Schools
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
K-12
Find interim considerations for testing to identify SARS-CoV-2, testing individuals with signs or symptoms consistent with COVID-19, and testing asymptomatic individuals.

Resource

Travel
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
K-12; Higher ed
Access COVID-19 information for travel, including guidance for travelers returning from high-risk counties and for travel in the United States. Use the search feature to find COVID-19 risk assessment by country.

Tool

Youth Programs and Camps Decision Tool
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
K-12; Higher ed
Use this tool to help make decisions regarding reconstitution at youth programs and camps during the pandemic.

Guidance

Cleaning and Disinfecting
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
K-12; Higher ed
Find information and guidance on cleaning and disinfecting buildings.

Tool

NIOSH PPE Tracker App
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
K-12; Higher ed
Use this mobile application to track PPE inventory.

Tool

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Burn Rate Calculator
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
K-12; Higher ed
Use this spreadsheet-based model to plan and optimize the use of PPE.

Resource

Strategies to Optimize the Supply of PPE and Equipment
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
K-12; Higher ed
Find information on optimization strategies for PPE and considerations for each type of PPE (e.g., gloves, facemasks, N95 respirators, isolation gloves, eye protection).

Resource

Worker Safety and Support
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
K-12; Higher ed
Find information on coping and resilience, workplace guidance, and health and safety steps for specific occupations.

Guidance

Considerations for Youth Sports
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
K-12
Access information on assessing risk, promoting behaviors that reduce spread, maintaining healthy environments and operations, and other considerations for youth sports activities.

Tool

Coronavirus Disease 2019 Microsite
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
K-12; Higher ed
Access the information on COVID-19 available from the Public Health Media Library, including such topics as risk assessment, prevention, the situation in the United States, and recommendations.

Resource

Daily Life and Coping
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
K-12; Higher ed
Find information on how your family can prepare for, protect yourself from, and cope with COVID-19.

Guidance

Get Your Community- and Faith-Based Organizations Ready for Coronavirus Disease 2019
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
K-12; Higher ed
Access guidance to help communities and organizations prepare for COVID-19, including tips and resources for planning, responding to an outbreak, and following up after an outbreak.

Guidance

Resuming Schools and Camps
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
K-12
Access information on scaling up operations and safety actions for K-12 schools and summer day camps.

Guidance

Suggestions for Youth and Summer Camps
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
K-12
Access information on promoting behaviors that reduce spread, maintaining healthy environments and operations, preparing for when someone gets sick, and other considerations for youth camps.

Resource

Support for Teens and Young Adults
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
K-12; Higher ed
Find information on how you can manage your stress and take care of your mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Resource

Youth Sports Program FAQs
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
K-12
Find answers to frequently asked questions about operating youth sports programs during the pandemic.

Guidance

Cleaning & Disinfecting Decision Tool
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
K-12; Higher ed
Access guidance on cleaning and disinfecting public spaces, such as K-12 schools and institutions of higher education, and a decision tree tool for making your plan to clean and disinfect.

Guidance

Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
K-12; Higher ed
Access guidance on cleaning and disinfecting public spaces, including K-12 schools and institutions of higher education.

Resource

USDA Provides Flexibilities to Ensure Kids Receive Meals This Fall
U.S. Department of Agriculture
K-12
Find information on new flexibilities and nationwide waivers for the School Breakfast Program, National School Lunch Program, and Child and Adult Care Food Program.

Resource

Fact Sheet: Addressing the Risk of COVID-19 in Schools While Protecting the Civil Rights of Students
U.S. Department of Education
K-12
Find information on responding to discrimination in schools and resources for communicating about COVID-19.

Training

FERPA & Virtual Learning During COVID-19 Webinar
U.S. Department of Education
K-12; Higher ed
Watch this Webinar about privacy best practices and complying with FERPA while ensuring continuity of teaching and learning through distance education during COVID019.

Guidance

FERPA and the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
U.S. Department of Education
K-12
Find answers about personally identifiable information and education records in the context of addressing COVID-19.

Guidance

Letter to Education Leaders on Preventing and Addressing potential discrimination associated with COVID-19
U.S. Department of Education
K-12
Read recommendations on protecting students from bullying and harassment based on race and national origin and on safeguarding the health of educational communities. Link to information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Resource

Supplemental Fact Sheet: Addressing the Risk of COVID-19 in Preschool, Elementary and Secondary Schools While Serving Children With Disabilities
U.S. Department of Education
K-12
Find information on the provision of distance instruction and free and appropriate education.

Guidance

UPDATED Guidance for interruptions of study related to Coronavirus (COVID-19) (Updated June 16, 2020)
U.S. Department of Education
Higher ed
Find guidance on distance education, accrediting agency virtual evaluation visits, the Medical College Admissions Test, and more; CARES Act information related to the Paycheck Protection Program, student workers, and more; and Federal Student Aid Program information.

Training

Webinar on Online Education and Website Accessibility
U.S. Department of Education
K-12
Watch this short Webinar about access to online education services, programs, and activities.

Guidance

FAQs on Telehealth and HIPAA During the COVID-19 Nationwide Public Health Emergency
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
K-12; Higher ed
Find answers about providing telehealth services and protected health information in the context of COVID-19.

Resource

EPA Supports Healthy Indoor Environments in Schools During COVID-19 Pandemic
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
K-12; Higher ed
Access resources on maintaining healthy indoor environments in schools and training and educating staff members, as well as EPA coronavirus guidance.

Resource

Frequent Questions Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
K-12; Higher ed
Find answers to frequently asked questions related to COVID-19 and key EPA resources.

Tool

H1N1 Pamphlet for Students
University of Mary Washington (Virginia)
Higher ed
Review this pamphlet for students that advises them how to protect themselves from an infectious disease outbreak on campus, describes symptoms, and provides links and phone numbers for more information.

Resource

National Center for School Mental Health: COVID-19 Resources
University of Maryland School of Medicine and Health Resources and Services Administration
K-12
Access resources on technology to support mental health, stress management and self-care, and other school mental/behavioral health topics in the context of COVID-19.

Tool

H1N1 Posters
University of North Texas
Higher ed
Download these sample posters that teach students how to stay healthy and prevent an infectious disease from spreading on campus.

Resource

Disaster Resilient Universities (DRU) Network®
University of Oregon
Higher ed
Find information on the Disaster Resilient Universities (DRU) Network®, which provides practitioners a multidisciplinary online platform to leverage their diverse knowledge, expertise, and skills.

Tool

H1N1 Flu Incident Action Plan
University of Oregon
Higher ed
Review this action plan designed for an infectious disease outbreak on campus. The plan incorporates summaries of goals and the situation, assignment lists of personnel and resources, the medical plan, and the communication plan.

Tool

Criminal Conviction and Civil Finding History Self-Disclosure Questionnaire
University of Washington
Higher ed
Download this sample questionnaire to collecting information on criminal convictions from job candidates.

Tool

H1N1 Vaccination Administration Record Instructions
Waterbury Public Schools (Connecticut)
K-12
Find guidance on how to create a Public Provider Vaccination Administration Record in Spanish.

Tool

H1N1 Vaccination Administration Record Instructions
Waterbury Public Schools (Connecticut)
K-12
Find guidance on how to create a Public Provider Vaccination Administration Record.

Tool

Parent Letter: H1N1 Influenza
Waterbury Public Schools (Connecticut)
K-12
Review a school’s letter to parents that identifies symptoms of an infectious disease and states that if their child displays these symptoms, then parents must keep their child at home.

Tool

Preventative Actions for Staff: H1N1 Pandemic Flu
Waterbury Public Schools (Connecticut)
K-12
Review these recommendations from a school district’s Department of Health and Physical Education, including actions that the custodial, instructional, food service, and other staff can take to prevent the spread of an infectious disease. It also recommends actions regarding the media and public relations.

Tool

Donations Unit Job Action Sheet
Westmont College (California)
Higher ed
Download this checklist for members of the donations unit of the incident management team.

Tool

Student Volunteer Intake and Referral Form
Westmont College (California)
Higher ed
Download this sample form for documenting new volunteers and their contact information, availability, and skills.

Tool

Volunteer Check-In & Assignment Form
Westmont College (California)
Higher ed
Download this sample form for checking in volunteers and documenting their assignments.

Tool

Volunteer Request Form
Westmont College (California)
Higher ed
Download this sample form for requesting volunteers and the skills needed to fulfill a volunteer position.

Tool

Volunteer Unit Job Action Sheet
Westmont College (California)
Higher ed
Download this checklist for members of the volunteer unit of the incident management team.

Tool

H1N1 Poster
Whitman College (Washington)
Higher ed
Download this sample poster, which uses humor, to stress the importance of washing hands to prevent the spread of an infectious disease on campus.

Tool

Pandemic Influenza Severity Levels and Response
Whitman College (Washington)
Higher ed
Find severity levels of an infectious disease as determined by the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a department of health, and a college, as well as the college’s responses.

Tool

Technology Services: H1N1 Precautions
Whitman College (Washington)
Higher ed
Review this college’s list of precautions for its Technology Services to follow during an infectious disease outbreak. The precautions cover computer labs, information technology (IT) department personnel, and IT support.

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Cyber Safety for Parents/Guardians and Children
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and Wisconsin Department of Justice
K-12
Take this online course to learn about Internet safety and how your family can engage in safe online behavior.