STARTS is for students, parents, counselors, teachers, and district leaders as you navigate school during COVID.

COVID safety & wellbeing at school


1. Tackle inequities

Children and teenagers are experiencing unprecedented mental health needs, with children and teenagers of color and those living in lower-income communities bearing an unjust burden.

See the research

2. Address mental health needs

Parents, teachers, and district administrators must collaborate to help protect and restore students’ mental health and social-emotional learning.

Learn ways to promote student wellbeing

3. Collaborate

School communities, districts, and researchers must share, test, and refine evidence-based practices around student mental health.

Support Social Emotional Learning in school

4. Protect school environments

Students and parents need environments that embrace rapid testing, ventilation, masking when indoors, and school-based vaccine clinics to slow the pandemic as we continue to confront new variants.

Promote school COVID safety

5. Accelerate vaccinations

Teachers, students, parents, district administrators, school boards, pediatricians, and athletic associations can forge new coalitions to accelerate vaccination for students ages 5 to 19 attending our nation’s public schools.

See partnership principles & examples

What’s New

School vaccination clinics

The purpose of this guidance is to provide information for planning and implementing school-located vaccination (SLV) clinics for any routinely-recommended vaccine as well as COVID-19 vaccine.

Social Emotional Learning

Many children and adolescents remain resilient over time and may recover rapidly after disasters such as a pandemic. However, their experiences and the burden of sustained, multiple stressors (including prior trauma…

Children & vaccinations

Vaccines are our best hope to end the COVID-19 pandemic. A vaccine is now available for children age 5 to under 12.