Students face a number of challenges as they head back to school this fall -- from potential exposure to COVID-19 and other illnesses to injuries on the playing field.
"This return to school season is like no other," said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Schools must be prepared to protect children from COVID-19, while also addressing a wide array of other pandemic-related challenges returning students are facing."
The CDC has specific COVID-19 guidance for K-12 schoolchildren as well as people ages 18 to 24.
Besides keeping students safe from COVID, adults "will need to provide safe and supportive school environments to promote student well-being and recovery," Walensky said in a CDC news release.
The pandemic has caused significant stress for kids and their families. Educators can help students' well-being by creating safe and supportive school environments and referring kids to appropriate mental and physical health services as needed, according to the agency.
It offered the following return-to-school general health tips:
Healthy students are better learners, and the CDC says following these health tips can help students have a successful school year.
The American Academy of Pediatrics offers a range of resources on school.
SOURCE: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, news release, Aug. 23, 2021