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States Make Plans for Reopening

In anticipation of the 2020–21 school year, states have been creating and updating guidance for district and school reopening plans. Several trends emerge.

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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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Policy Update

Tackling the Lack of School-Based Lead Testing

This NASBE analysis explores why many school districts are not testing for lead and how state policymakers can take active measures to change that.

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The Standard - Column

NCOSEA Voice: Student Free Speech and Social Media Posts

There are many challenges policymakers face that were heightened by the turn toward virtual learning environments.

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The Standard - Column

We the Media: Laying Down a Baseline on School Health Policies

States have been making important strides toward ensuring that schools are safe, more supportive learning environments.

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State Actions to Prevent Youth Suicide

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, suicide was the second leading cause of death for youth ages 10-24. Supporting students’ mental wellness and having suicide prevention plans in place is a top priority for many state leaders as they prepare for pandemic recovery and reopening schools in the fall. Join NASBE and Child Trends for a […]

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Utilizing School Nurses for Safe In-Person Learning

States and districts can leverage the expertise of school nurses for safe in-person learning and operations. Join us for a moderated panel and breakout discussions on leveraging funding streams for school health services,  school health staffing strategies, and managing COVID-19 vaccine clinics at school. Speakers on this webinar include: Alex Mays, Senior National Program Director, […]

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NASBE in the News

State Leaders Prioritize Student Mental Health

K-12 Dive covers the recent NASBE webinar and quotes Safe and Healthy Schools Director Megan Blanco.

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Embedding Social-Emotional Supports in School Reopening

Students that feel socially and emotionally supported in their learning environments are more engaged in their schoolwork and have better academic outcomes. Hear from experts in research, policy, and state leadership about recommendations for embedding social-emotional supports in school reopening activities, state examples of this work, and the research underpinning such recommendations. Speakers on this […]

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Supporting School Nurses

Join us for a webinar highlighting research, state examples, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance on leveraging school nurse expertise for safe in-person learning. NASBE is cohosting the webinar with Child Trends, a national research organization that focuses on improving the lives of children and youth, and we’ll be joined by […]

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Supporting Student Mental Health during the Return to School

Learn how California, Illinois, and Kentucky are working to empower educators and schools to address student mental wellness during pandemic recovery.

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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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