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Policy Update

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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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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NASBE in the News

How the Pandemic is Reshaping Education

NASBE President and CEO Robert Hull was interviewed by the Washington Post for a series of stories on pandemic recovery in education.

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How State Leaders Can Support Staff Wellness during COVID

NASBE is cohosting a webinar with our partner Child Trends, a national research organization that focuses on improving the lives of children and youth, to  highlight research, state examples, and CDC guidance around staff wellness. Presenters include: Thomas “Tom” Cunningham, Ph.D., Chief, Social Science and Translation Research Branch, Division of Science Integration, U.S. Centers for […]

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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

NASBE President Comments on CDC School Reopening Guidance

NASBE appreciates the deliberative, collaborative approach the CDC and U.S. Department of Education took to develop new school reopening guidance released today. State boards of education remain engaged partners in this effort.

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Helping Early Educators Support Children and Families: Implications for Policy and Practice

The coronavirus pandemic changed the early care and education contexts for most children and added new stressors to their lives. School closures disrupted the relationships that many children relied on in their classrooms, and the impacts will be long-standing. Early childhood educators, who are essential workers during this pandemic, also need to take care of […]

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Press Release

NASBE joins with 30 National Organizations Commit to Ensuring State Leaders to Prioritize School Climate

NASBE signed a letter of support along with 30 national organizations committing to ensuring school climate is prioritized in state education improvement priorities, pandemic recovery, and efforts to advance social mobility and racial justice.

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