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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updates

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated the Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in K-12 Schools to align with CDC’s existing guidance for fully vaccinated people and assist K-12 schools in opening for in-person instruction and remaining open. Additionally, the Considerations for Case Investigation and Contact Tracing in K-12 Schools and Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) has been updated to align with new CDC guidance.

CDC’s Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in K-12 Schools includes recommendations for

  • Promoting vaccination among teachers, staff, families, and eligible students.
  • Universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Implementation of layered prevention strategies to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in schools, including maintaining at least 3 feet of distance between students within classrooms in combination with universal masking; screening testing to promptly identify cases, clusters, and outbreaks; handwashing and respiratory etiquette; cleaning and disinfection; and contact tracing in combination with isolation and quarantine.

CDC’s Considerations for Case Investigation and Contact Tracing in K-12 Schools and Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs)

Nebraska Healthy Schools Program
Recognizes 38 Award Winning Schools

Healthy Children Learn Better

On October 20, 2020 the Nebraska Healthy Schools Program recognized 38 Award Winning Schools who prioritize the health and well-being of schools across Nebraska. The Nebraska Department of Education, Nebraska Healthy Schools Program has recognized for their exemplary efforts in promoting and supporting healthy school environments.

“At no other time in our recent history has the health and well-being of our school communities been more critical for student success than it is today. The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the need for communities, schools, and families to work together to ensure that children’s physical, social-emotional, and mental health needs are being met. We would like to take this opportunity to recognize schools that prioritize the education of the whole child, working to support students to ensure they are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged,” said Jessie Coffey, Registered Dietitian and Whole Child Coordinator at the Nebraska Department of Education.

In addition to recognizing schools for their wellness efforts, school staff, community members, public health professionals, and health advocates joined their peers in a virtual Healthy School Conference to learn about best practices for promoting whole child efforts for staff, students, and families. Conference sessions addressed the current pandemic and health challenges in our schools and strategies to create a new normal while supporting the needs of the whole child.

The Nebraska Healthy Schools Whole Child conference session recordings are available here for viewing.

If you are a Nutrition Services professional needing a certificate for professional standards, please contact Jessie Coffey at for a certificate after viewing the sessions.

Gold Award Winners

Gordon Rushville High School
Grand Island Early Childhood
Grand Island High School
Hastings High School
Lincoln Elementary
Winnebago Public Schools
Healthy Schools list part 1
Healthy Schools list part 2
Updated February 4, 2022 2:03pm