Back-to-School Resources

COVID-19 is once again expected to impact the school year. News 12 is providing parents and students with resources that will help them have a successful 2021-22 academic year.


Because many schools serve children under the age of 12, who are not yet eligible for vaccinations, children should return to full-time in-person learning in the fall with layered prevention strategies in place, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Click here to read the CDC's guidance for COVID-19 prevention in K-12 schools for the 2021-22 year.


For the most part, the state governments and local school districts in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York are providing strategies for schools based on information from the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Authorities hope that these guidelines will help schools and districts manage the risks for students and staff from COVID-19, while supporting engaged learning for all students. Click on the links below to learn more from each state’s health and education departments:

Connecticut Health Department | Connecticut Department of Education

New Jersey Health Department | New Jersey Department of Education

New York Health Department | New York Department of Education

The New York City Department of Education offers a comprehensive list of resources and information available to teachers, parents and students who attend public, private and charter schools in the five boroughs. Here are some of the links that may be useful.


What will colleges look like for students in the fall? What precautions are schools taking? Below watch News 12's Elizabeth Hashagen talk to college administrators about their safety plans during The New Normal show:

The New Normal Show for Aug. 13, 2021


The CDC says these are the 11 things to consider if your school is requiring the use of masks.

Is your little one afraid of wearing a mask?
These six tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics can help.


Are you looking to get the COVID-19 vaccine? Click here to find out where you can get the COVID-19 vaccine and how to make appointments. And here for the immunization schedule from the CDC.


Common colds, strep throat, flu and allergies all share many symptoms of COVID-19. Click here for a chart from the CDC that compares the symptoms of COVID-19 and some common illnesses.


Although this school year will still look a little different, there are steps you can take to get the school year off to a healthy start! Here’s your back-to-school health list.

If you are looking to skip the back-to-school butterflies, here’s how you and your child can get ready for the day and make the transition easier. 

Can your elementary school-aged kid open these 5 items? What to pack, and NOT to pack for their lunch.


Students are back on the road taking the bus, walking or bicycling to school! It’s important for parents to teach them about bus, pedestrian and bicycle safety.

The guides below can help keep them safe:

School buses and students are back on the road! These five tips for drivers help protect children.

Is your child taking the school bus? Here are 10 tips to keep them safe.

Here are eight tips for children walking or bicycling to school.


The guides below will help you get the best supplies your children need for a successful school year!

10 must-have supplies for back to school 2021-22

6 tips to help you purchase the best back-to-school computer

11 tips for buying school uniforms and where to find deals

10 tips for smart back-to-school shopping from NYC's Department of Consumer and Worker Protection


Looking for more information on the State of our Schools? Click on the links below for updates from the tri-state area:

Bronx State of our Schools

Brooklyn State of our Schools

Connecticut State of our Schools

Hudson Valley State of our Schools

Long Island State of our Schools

New Jersey State of our Schools

Westchester State of our Schools