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Return to School Roadmap (U.S. Department of Education) August 2021


The Biden Administration has developed a Return to School Roadmap to support educators and school leaders, parents, families, and communities and lead students on a path to return to in-person learning this fall, where they are safe and supported. The Roadmap contains three “Landmark” priorities for each school, district, and state as they work to reengage students this summer and bring them back into classrooms. These priorities can be advanced using funding from the American Rescue Plan – which provided historic investments to states and districts as they work to reopen schools safely and address the impacts of COVID-19 on our nation’s students and schools. The goal of the Roadmap is to make sure every student has the support and opportunities they need to heal, learn, and grow in their classrooms and create an environment where they belong and can thrive.

  • Landmark 1: Prioritize the health and safety of students, school personnel, and families.
  • Landmark 2: Build school communities, and support students' social, emotional, and mental health.
  • Landmark 3: Accelerate academic achievement.


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