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From ED, CDC, and FEMA: Three COVID-19-Related Announcements

Dear Colleagues,


Please review below and attached three important announcements: one from ED (about next week’s Best Practices Clearinghouse webinar), one from the CDC (a communications update from the School Staff Vaccination Program), and one from FEMA (about the Hand Sanitizer Donation Offer).  We appreciate you sharing this information with your colleagues and others, as appropriate.



National Engagement Team



Announcement #1 – Invitation to the initial Safer Schools and Campuses Best Practices Clearinghouse “Lessons from the Field” webinar (Wednesday, March 31, from 3 to 4 PM Eastern Time)



Lessons from the Field: Safely Reopening and Sustaining In-Person Instruction

Wednesday, March 31, 2021 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET


Register Here!


Attention: State and District Leaders, Faculty, Staff, Educators, Parents and Education Stakeholders


On January 21, 2021, President Biden issued Executive Order (E.O.) 14000 directing the U.S. Department of Education to create the Safer Schools and Campuses Best Practices Clearinghouse. The Clearinghouse will be a place to highlight lessons from the field in support of students, teachers, faculty, and staff, as schools and campuses continue to reopen following closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Clearinghouse will include a collection of lessons learned and best practices submitted by teachers, faculty, staff, schools, districts, institutions of higher education, early childhood education providers, other places of educational instruction, and States describing approaches to operating during the COVID-19 pandemic that the submitters believe to have worked well in their contexts.


As part of The Clearinghouse, the U.S. Department of Education has launched a new webinar series entitled “Lessons from the Field” which will run bi-weekly through June and will discuss the following topics across early childhood, K-12, and postsecondary education:

  • Safe and Healthy Environments
  • Providing Supports to Students
  • Teacher, Faculty, and Staff Well-Being, Professional Development, and Supports


On behalf of the U.S. Department of Education (ED), the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE) invites you to join Lessons from the Field: Safely Reopening and Sustaining In-Person Instruction:


Date: Wednesday, March 31, 2021 Time: 3:00-4:00 pm EST


After a welcome from Christian Rhodes, Chief of Staff for the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, this session will include a brief overview with the latest on how to implement mitigation strategies to safely return to in-person instruction and feature a panel of practitioners from a variety of school districts. The panel will share lessons learned on preparing for and returning to in-person instruction. Information on how they overcame complications once they returned will also be shared.


  • Christian Rhodes, Chief of Staff, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education U.S. Department of Education
  • Sarah Lee, Ph.D., Deputy, Community Interventions and Critical Populations Task Force, CDC COVID-19 Emergency Response
  • School District Leaders (TBA)

Related Documents

This event will reference the following resources, which we encourage you to download in advance of the webinar to inform participation.


For your reference, slides for this presentation will be posted on the event webpage on the day of the event.


You must register to participate in this presentation.


Register Here!


Please contact NCSSLE if you have any questions. We look forward to sharing this information with you and hearing from you about the important work you are doing in your schools, communities, and states to meet the needs of your students and staff as they return to in-person instruction.



Announcement #2 – School Staff Vaccination Program communications update



March is School and Childcare Staff COVID-19 Vaccination Month. Below are resources you can use to help communicate about nationwide efforts to vaccinate teachers, school staff, and childcare providers against COVID-19.


Please use and share these resources


Get social!

Join us in sharing messages that focus on a different theme each week. This week, we began featuring video testimonials from teachers and childcare providers. Weekly themes planned for March are:

  • March 22–28: Why I got vaccinated
  • March 29–31: How it feels to have protection


Here are sample messages you can adapt and use:

Theme: Why I got vaccinated


John Arthur, 2021 Utah Teacher of the Year and National Teacher of the Year finalist


Maureen Stover, 2021 North Carolina Teacher of the Year and National Teacher of the Year finalist


Tonia McMillian, a family childcare provider from Bellflower, California


Consider attaching a video or image to increase engagement. You can use these images and more from CDC’s COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit for School Settings and Childcare Programs.  


We encourage you to use any of these hashtags. We may include one of your posts on our new #SleeveUpforSchools Social Wall, which is coming soon:

  • #SleeveUpforSchools
  • #SleeveUpforChildcare and #SleeveUp4Childcare
  • #SleeveUpforHeadStart


Follow, retweet, and like our social media posts on:


Thank you for using and sharing these resources. Together, we can move closer to the goal of getting every teacher, school staff member, and childcare provider vaccinated against COVID-19 by the end of March.



Announcement #3 – Hand Sanitizer Donation Offer


The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Donations Office received a large quantity of hand sanitizer for distribution. The U.S. Department of Education is assisting FEMA with communicating this opportunity to schools across the country.


Description of product:

  • Plastic bottles – 3 oz, 8 oz, 12 oz, 30 oz, 34 oz and 50 ml sizes.
  • Full truckloads [26 pallets] of each size available. Must order by truckload/size bottle:
    • 50ML (1.7oz) – 269,568 units per truckload.
    • 3 oz – 144,144
    • 8 oz – 59,904
    • 12 oz – 112,320
    • 30 oz – 17,160
    • 34 oz – 18,720
  • Moisturizing formula, 62% alcohol, expiration date 09/2022, Safety Data Sheet attached
  • See link Equate Hand Sanitizers for product information

Logistical Information:

  • Transportation will be provided by donor.
  • If the size you request is out, donor may substitute with a different size. 
  • Immediately available for shipping – supply will not last long.
  • Each truck load will be shipped to one location, then it can be further distributed by recipient, including international.
  • A Hold Harmless Agreement must be completed and returned when placing order.
  • Recipient location must be able to off-load 53’ semi-trailer – loading dock, forklift/pallet jack required – and safely store delivered supply.


  1. Complete the attached forms:
    1. WM Hold Harmless Agreement
    2. WM Request Template
  2. Send completed forms to with subject line: Hand Sanitizer Donation. 


The U.S. Department of Education is providing assistance to FEMA. The Department’s assistance to FEMA should not be viewed or construed as an endorsement of any particular product or brand of hand sanitizer, nor any particular product or brand donor(s). Any questions should be directed to


3 Attachments:

1 WM Hold Harmless Agreement

2 WM Request Template

3 WM Hand Sanitizer Safety Data Sheet

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