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Safe and Healthy Schools

The Standard - Article

Removing Barriers to LGBTQ Student Safety and Achievement

Comprehensive protections from bullying and harassment help everyone.

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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

Preparing Facilities for Students' Return in the Wake of COVID-19

To reopen schools, they need to be clean and safe for students, educators, and staff. What state leaders need to consider as they issue guidance for schools.

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Press Release

Reopening Schools Requires Evidence-Based Strategies for Facilities Preparation

State boards of education can partner with state education agencies to ensure reopening guidance aligns with federal recommendations on facilities care and operations and addresses equity concerns.

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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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State Innovations

Kansas State Board Confronts Youth Vaping

The usage of vaping products among middle school students has increased at alarming rates. Federal and state policymakers are addressing this crisis, including in Kansas, where the state board of education acted quickly to engage stakeholders on curbing youth vaping.

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Press Release

State Boards Can Be Lead Policy Actors in Preventing Youth Suicide

A new NASBE analysis explores youth suicide and ways state boards can collaborate with local agencies to address it.

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Press Release

Kansas State Board of Education Leads the Way on Addressing Youth Vaping Crisis

NASBE releases an analysis about how the Kansas State Board of Education acted quickly to engage stakeholders on curbing youth vaping.

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