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Returning to School and the Community Safely

Updated September 14, 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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Guidance for schools during the 2021-22 school year

As a community, we're facing decisions about how best to keep schools safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Experts at Children's Mercy developed resources to help the community - both families and administrators - navigate in-person school during COVID-19.

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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.