The second guide in our Back-to-School Blueprint series provides strategies for schools to rebuild and strengthen community after this unprecedented period of school closures. After months away from school, students and teachers will return eager for connection. But things will be different, as schools may need to apply some physical distancing measures and offer a combination of online and in-class learning. These unfamiliar routines may induce anxiety among students, staff, and families. It's critical for teachers and school leaders to work together to create a positive, welcoming environment for every member of the school community.
This guide includes actionable strategies schools can use to build positive staff culture, assess school climate, promote a sense of belonging, affirm student identity, and develop family partnerships. You will also find videos, examples, and links to helpful resources.