― Context

​“Select strategies based on feasibility given the unique space and needs of the school. Not all strategies will be feasible for all schools. 

― CDC, “Interim Guidance for Administrators of US K-12 Schools and Child Care Programs”

― Equity

Due to the diversity in school demographics, spending, and administrative policy, environmental justice concerns may influence COVID-19 severity in schools.

Environmental Injustice

Ensure that all people have the opportunity to learn in a safe and healthy environment.

Housing and Food Insecurity

Provide resources for basic human services.

Preexisting Conditions

Account for people with respiratory conditions (asthma), obesity and other conditions that may increase risk.

Mobility Impairments

Modify directional guidance and plan for all students.

― Survey Results

To ensure this resource addresses your concerns, we surveyed schools around the world to inform our research efforts. 


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― Risk

School design and protocols cannot address every hazard between home and school. There will be risks.


Working parents

Social engagements

Multi-generational living

Transit to school

Public transportation

School bus density / contamination

Entering and exiting school 

Entering the building

High-touch surfaces

Public spaces

Learning spaces

Designed and managed for physical distance

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The guidance provided on this site is based on the available information as of the date of publication and does not replace federal, state, or local public health recommendations but aggregates best practices in innovative solutions at the intersection of buildings and school health. We encourage schools to reach out and seek expert advice on their unique circumstances.