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ED Resources: Welcoming Safe and Supportive Learning Environments

Dear Intergovernmental stakeholders,


This year, back-to-school presented historic challenges that changed the way schools across the country welcomed students back, whether in person, remotely, or a hybrid of the two. Actively addressing school climate and culture and attending to students’ physical, mental, and emotional well-being is more important than ever to help ensure all students and families feel welcomed, safe, and supported in their school environments.


The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE), Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), and Institute of Education Sciences (IES) is pleased to share resources to support schools to create welcoming, safe, and supportive learning environments. Attached are letters to teachers and school and district leaders with featured resources, followed by websites and offices that could provide additional support.


We ask that you share these letters with your teachers, schools, and districts as you deem appropriate. To view similar resources, please visit Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE) ResourcesCenter on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)National Center for Pyramid Model InnovationsInstitute of Education Sciences (IES) Evidence-Based Resources.



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  1. Teacher Letter
  2. School Leader Letter
  3. District Leader Letter


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The U.S. Department of Education is the agency of the federal government that establishes policy for, administers and coordinates most federal assistance to education. It assists the president in executing his education policies for the nation and in implementing laws enacted by Congress. The Department's mission is to serve America's students-to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.