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Returning to School and the Community Safely

Updated December 28, 2021

Experts at Children’s Mercy are working with the community to help keep children safe during the 2021-22 school year as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

Guidance for Keeping Schools Safe for Students and Staff

Information for educators and school health professionals

Children's Mercy is committed to helping children return safely to school during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have compiled resources for school health care professionals to keep students, families and school staff safe during the 2021-22 school year.

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Masks help schools stay open

Keeping schools open and safe for all is a top priority for all of us. See how masks prevent infection and help keep schools open.

The importance of masks in schools

The American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) and the Missouri Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatricans explain the importance of masks in schools, along with other recommendations. See their statements.

American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP)

Missouri Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatricans

Additional information for educators

Other resources to help with school reopening and operations.

National organizations:

Local and regional organizations:

Contact tracing resources:

If you have any COVID-19 school re-entry questions or would like to request a consultation, please fill out and submit a COVID-19 School Assistance form. We will get in contact with you as soon as possible.

Information for families

Below are resources to aid you with the return of schools.

Read recommendations for a safe return to sport from Children's Mercy specialists.