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The Standard

Gauging School Climate

As school buildings reopen after weeks of pandemic-induced closures, school climate will matter more than ever. State policymakers and education leaders can plan now to create safe, supportive learning environments ready for the return of students and teachers to classrooms. The articles in The Standard provide a roadmap.

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Policy Update

Developing Policy to Prevent Youth Suicide

State boards of education can be leaders in addressing youth suicide by collaborating on model policies that help ensure students have the proper supports and learning environments to thrive.

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Press Release

NASBE Partners with Elevate to Improve Water Safety in Schools

The year-long project will uncover challenges of school testing programs for lead in water and identify best practices for policy guidance and lead remediation efforts.

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Press Release

NASBE Redesigns Database of State Policies Covering 200 Topics Related to School Health

A companion Child Trends analysis of the updated data shows the number of states with policies on trauma-informed care training in schools has tripled since 2017.

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Press Release

Federal-State Policies Promote Stronger Action on Clean Drinking Water in Schools

Alexandria, VA – Recent federal and state action shows bipartisan consensus on the need to do more to ensure clean drinking water in schools and communities, according to a new NASBE analysis. The report highlights ways state leaders can leverage the current policy climate and available federal funds to better support school districts in lead […]

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Policy Update

Using Federal Funds to Remediate Lead

This NASBE analysis highlights ways state leaders can leverage the current policy climate and available federal funds to better support school districts in lead remediation so that all children have access to clean drinking water in schools.

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State Efforts to Address Lead in Drinking Water at Schools, Examining New Research

Join us for the webinar release of a new NASBE report that details the current landscape of state lead testing programs, both mandatory and voluntary, and common challenges, best practices in policy, and actionable recommendations for state leaders to address lead in drinking water at schools.

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Youth-Adult Partnerships to Improve School Health

Join the Leadership Exchange for Adolescent Health Promotion (LEAHP) for a webinar featuring two panels of speakers who will discuss strategies for youth-adult partnerships.

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The Standard - Column

State Board Voice: The Struggle to Be Seen and Feel Safe

Together, state boards are helping AAPI students be seen and feel safe.

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NASBE in the News

Biden Administration Pledges $85M to Support Student Mental Health

K-12 Dive writes about federal developments to support student mental health programs and cites NASBE’s April 2021 webinar “Supporting Student Mental Health during the Return to School,” featuring the work of California, Illinois, and Kentucky.   Among districts that have detailed plans for this, Chicago Public Schools has announced it will invest $24 million of its federal COVID-19 […]

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Policy Update

Promoting School Nurses as Leaders in Reopening Schools

This analysis describes how state boards of education and other state stakeholders can partner with school nurses and state school nurse leaders in forming guidance and making decisions about transitions back to school.

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Press Release

States Can Leverage School Nurses for a Safe Return to School

State boards of education and other state stakeholders should partner with school nurses and state school nurse leaders in forming guidance and making decisions about transitions back to school, according to a new NASBE analysis.

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Power of the Question

Five Questions to Ask about School Staff Wellness in the Wake of COVID-19

The pandemic increased educator stress and burnout. Here are five questions state board members can ask to engage their state around staff wellness.

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