Bridge to School Plan and Health and Safety Resources 

The DOE’s Bridge to School plan provides guidance, resources, and activities to support wellness, community-building, and the resilience of our school staff and students. The plan promotes new K-12 health and safety lessons specifically designed to help students make informed decisions and adopt behaviors that prevent the spread of COVID-19. Two lessons for each grade level include adaptations for remote or in-person learning, and cover: 

  • handwashing 
  • face coverings 
  • physical distancing 

Note: Activities in this resource guide should be modified to reflect health and safety protocols, as needed, to adopt behaviors that prevent the spread of COVID-19.

As part of the City and the DOE’s focus on the social and emotional well-being of all our students during the reopening of schools, the Bridge to School plan is designed to help schools create a safe, supportive learning environment centered around addressing the trauma caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

While these lessons are designed to be taught by any teacher, students should continue to practice health and safety skills throughout the year as part of their comprehensive Health Education instruction. For more lesson planning resources, see the NYC Health Education Scope and Sequence  and use the following guidelines for implementing Physical Education and Health Education: 

Watch these videos highlighting the importance of face masks and handwashing and share with students:

Face Masks: 


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