The Science Brief: Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in K-12 Schools
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

This Science Brief reviews the latest scientific evidence on COVID-19 among children and adolescents, in school settings, and about virus transmission, as well as other key considerations. Evidence shows that many K-12 schools that have strictly implemented mitigation strategies have been able to safely open for in-person instruction and remain open. Given the importance of key services schools offer and the benefits of in-person learning for students, it is critical for K-12 schools to open for in-person instruction, and stay open, as safely and as soon as possible. Schools should be the last settings to close due to COVID-19 and the first to reopen when they can do so safely. Working together, school leaders and community members can take actions to keep schools open for in-person learning by protecting students, teachers, and school staff where they live, work, learn, and play.

Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools through Phased Mitigation
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CDC’s Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools through Phased Mitigation includes recommendations for–
•    Consistent implementation of a combination of strategies to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in schools, including consistent mask use; maintaining at least 6 feet of distance to the greatest extent possible; handwashing and respiratory etiquette; cleaning and maintaining healthy facilities; and carrying out contact tracing in combination with isolation and quarantine 
•    Recommended steps schools can follow depending on how COVID-19 is spreading in the community   
•    Indicators to reflect the level of COVID-19 in the community    
•    Vaccination for teachers, school staff, and in communities    
•    Testing to identify people infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 to limit transmission and outbreaks

Sustainability Design Standards
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Albuquerque Public Schools

The Albuquerque School District has published their green building standards for planning, design and construction, online. The various standards are organized by product categories and each one references sustainability, including one specifically on the LEED V4 program requirements. The Design Standards are available for free in PDF, Microsoft Word, and Zip File formats.

Environmental Justice Program
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University of Connecticut

Students at the University of Connecticut developed a website dedicated to learning about and taking action on Environmental Justice. The site provides definitions of what Environmental Justice means, famous examples of injustice and ways anyone can take action to help. This resource can be used to educate yourself or bring the conversation to your classroom.

Sample School Sustainability Policy
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New Jersey School Board Association

The New Jersey School Board Association developed various sample sustainability and green initiative policy language. The compilation was put together by the NJSBA based on research from other districts, and is only a list of suggested best practices. These sample policies from nutrition to green cleaning can be edited to reflect your own school/district programs and practices.

Turning the Page: A Behavior Change Toolkit for Reducing Paper Use
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AASHE & Root Solutions

The concepts, concrete examples, and tools in this guide will empower practitioners to more effectively target paper consumption behaviors at their institutions. Although this guide focuses on higher education institutions, the advice and examples provided can be applied by any organization looking to foster more sustainable behaviors. Our hope is that this guide gives you the background, inspiration, and confidence to ideate and implement the kinds of evidence-based behavior campaigns that can result in transformational impact at your organization.

Outdoor Learning Quick Reference Guide
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Nature Based Education Consortium

This short guide highlights the importance of outdoor learning and provides great links to other valuable outdoor education resources. While the school stories and guidance included here is specific to implementing outdoor learning programs at schools in Maine, the resource and ideas can translate to any school setting.

Clean Energy Resolution 2020
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Salt Lake City School District

In June 2020, the School Board at Salt Lake City School District signed a 100% clean energy resolution, seeking to create healthier, more environmentally sustainable schools, which includes the following goals:

1. to use 100 percent clean, renewable energy in its electricity sector by 2030; and

2. to meet 100% of all district operations energy needs with carbon neutral energy by 2040.

District Sustainability Page
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Fayette County Public Schools

This is an example of a comprehensive district sustainability program webpage. It includes a green schools incentives program, manuals, a school scorecard, and more.

Comprehensive District Sustainability Webpage
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Austin Independent Schoold District

This is an example of a robust district sustainability landing page. It covers energy, water, food, nature, waste, air quality, transportation, green schoolyards, Earth Week programming and more.

Sample Indoor and Outdoor Learning Environment Protocols During COVID-19
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Boulder Valley School District

This guidance details protocols for both indoor and outdoor learning environments, emphasizing the advantages of outdoor learning, when possible.

Sample Letter to Principals Regarding Use of Outdoor Space during COVID and Beyond
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Boulder Valley School District

This sample letter to principals offers resources, planning tools, and references related to using outdoor spaces for learning during COVID-19.

A Systems Approach to Reducing Consumer Food Waste
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National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Approximately 30 percent of the edible food produced in the United States is wasted and a significant portion of this waste occurs at the consumer level. Despite food’s essential role as a source of nutrients and energy and its emotional and cultural importance, U.S. consumers waste an estimated average of 1 pound of food per person per day at home and in places where they buy and consume food away from home. Many factors contribute to this waste—consumers behaviors are shaped not only by individual and interpersonal factors but also by influences within the food system, such as policies, food marketing and the media. Some food waste is unavoidable, and there is substantial variation in how food waste and its impacts are defined and measured. But there is no doubt that the consequences of food waste are severe: the wasting of food is costly to consumers, depletes natural resources, and degrades the environment. In addition, at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has severely strained the U.S. economy and sharply increased food insecurity, it is predicted that food waste will worsen in the short term because of both supply chain disruptions and the closures of food businesses that affect the way people eat and the types of food they can afford.

Race Against Waste Program
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New York City Department of Education

The Race Against Waste program is a collaboration between New York City Department of Education Service in Schools (SIS) and the Office of Sustainability to support teams of teachers from middle and high schools in leading students through an investigation of waste in their community and developing a service-learning project that helps their community to reduce and reuse a source of waste.

You can still inspire your students and/or your own children to think sustainably and with a service mindset while they are learning at home. Check out the resources, as well as all of the materials from Race Against Waste, many of which can be used in remote learning.

Green Cleaning Training Video Series
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Salt Lake City Unified School District

Salt Lake City School District green cleaning custodial training videos.

Guidance for K-12 Education on Responding to COVID-19
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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

An ad hoc committee will provide states and districts with guidance about whether and how to safely reopen schools in the 2020-2021 school year. The committee will write a short letter report drawing on evidence from epidemiology, public health, and the social and behavioral sciences. The report will provide guidance on the health-related issues for safely reopening schools and the practices that should be implemented in order to maintain and monitor the health of staff and students. The report will address questions that have emerged from the planning efforts of state and district officials which are currently underway.

Road Map for Return: K-12 Education
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Perkins & Will

We aim to help schools and their communities successfully navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. Holistic health and well-being are our top priority. This site provides a compendium of strategies and resources for a safer return to school. They are applicable before reopening and throughout the academic year, and address the current health crisis as well as future challenges.

Planning for the Next Normal at School
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Kaiser Permanente

As schools and districts across the nation prepare for the new school year in the coming weeks, they are likely to face even greater strain as they seek to meet the academic and health needs of students, staff, and teachers with already limited resources.

To assist schools in proactively addressing the health needs of the school community, a number of nationally recognized and trusted school health organizations have come together to develop a playbook for when learning starts again — “Planning for the Next Normal at School: Keeping students, staff, and families safe and healthy.” This guide aims to equip school and district leaders with specific, evidence-informed guidance and operating procedures for keeping school communities mentally and physically safe as we shape a new approach to learning. Each chapter of the playbook will include five “starter plays” that provide practical strategies and actionable steps improving health in both in-person and virtual school environments.

PK-12 Reopening Workbook
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National Council on School Facilities

A detailed list of over 100 tasks organized according to achieving public health in schools objectives, that can be modified for individual state, district or school application.

Remote Learning Resources
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PBL Works

During these unprecedented times and school closures, how can a PBL teacher keep students connected and engaged, so a project is just as powerful as what would be expected in their face-to-face classroom?

We created this resource to provide a host of ideas, examples, and tools that can help you answer this question.

Nature Time Adventure Videos
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Beyond the Ferns

I'm Emily CW or Nature Emily, a naturalist and nature-based early childhood educator in New Hampshire. With recent school closures due to COVID-19 I started this channel to share outdoor exploration ideas, nature songs and games, and other inspiration for families learning from home. I hope that families and caregivers can use these activities as inspiration to kick start some super fun adventures. While the activities I share are great ways to get outside and explore, remember that there is no substitute for learning through play. So, get out there and have some fun!

Cleaning and Disinfection Guidance for Schools
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New York State Department of Health

To help prevent spread of COVID-19, schools should continue to educate students, faculty and staff about proper hand and respiratory hygiene.

Classroom Cleaning Tips for Teachers
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Washington State Department of Health

School custodial staff is responsible for cleaning schools. Some teachers choose to do additional cleaning. Here is how to ensure those efforts tackle dirt and germs safely and effectively.

Safer Choice & COVID-19 Compliant Product List
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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

EPA has released a list of registered antimicrobial products for use against COVID-19 along with information on how to check products against registration numbers.

Coronavirus Response Resources from ASHRAE and Others
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ASHRAE

Resources from ASHRAE and others on buildings, filtration/ disinfection, transportation, and reopening.

COVID Guidance for Building Managers
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U.S. Department of Energy

Dealing with COVID-19 presents an unprecedented scenario for building owners, plant managers, and employees. As we all adjust to these changing demands, the following resources from Better Buildings partners, affiliates, and other organizations may prove useful.

What School Nutrition Professionals Need to Know about COVID-19
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

As a school nutrition professional, how can I protect myself and slow the spread?
For school nutrition professionals and volunteers working in meal preparation and/or distribution at a school/school district site or other public settings, potential sources of exposure include close contact with co-workers, students, and families with COVID-19 and touching your nose, mouth, or eyes after touching contaminated surfaces or handling items that others infected with COVID-19 have touched. Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 is spread through food.