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Back to School: Stay Informed in an Ongoing Pandemic

Release Date: August 17, 2021

As summer comes to an end, many families are returning from vacation and getting their children ready to go back to school. This year, the usual feelings of anticipation and excitement might be mixed with anxiety and concern over the unknown. Will your child be able to return to school in person? Or will it be another year of distance learning? The pandemic continues to influence everyday life, and the changing landscape of rules and regulations makes it challenging to stay aware of updated guidance and protocols for you and your family.

Here are some key resources for parents, guardians, and caregivers to be informed, stay protected, and build resilience during the pandemic:

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID-19 webpage provides up-to-date health information and recommendations for keeping you and your family safe.
  • The Employee Resources Health and Wellness website provides quick access to information on employee benefits, work-life programs, and guidance on vaccines, masking, and more.
  • The U.S. State Department COVID Travel Guidance website provides up-to-date travel recommendations.
  • The Department of Public Health for your state and local governments will provide you with information on vaccine and mask requirements in your area.
  • Your state, district, and local school website will be your best source of information for policies and resources that directly affect your children.

Your Employee Assistance Program is here to help

If you would like education resources or more information on supporting your child in school, please reach out to the EAP. Counselors are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help you and your family. EAP is a voluntary and confidential employee benefit available to federal employees and their dependents at no cost. For more information contact your Component EAP or send an email to worklife@hq.dhs.gov.

Last Updated: 08/17/2021
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