Beyond the Mask: Promoting Transformation and Healing in School Reopening: Culturally Responsive, Trauma-Informed, Healing-Centered Care

The U.S. Department of Education required each state to submit a reopening plan outlining how they were using and planned on using Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds. The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) conducted an analysis of 37* state plans to better understand if and how schools were prioritizing culturally responsive, trauma-informed, and healing-centered care. 

We found that while some states have robust culturally responsive and/or trauma-informed systems, no states are explicitly prioritizing healing-centered care. 

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*CLASP analyzed the 37 plans that were available as of July 5th, 2021. Plans submitted after this date were not included in our analysis.