Back to School 101: What Do Teachers Need to Know to Keep Themselves and Their Students Safe?

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Rachel Gutter, President of the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), Discusses Back to School Safety

The back-to-school season is here, and things are…different. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, schools around the country are making adjustments to keep everyone safe. Recently, President of the International WELL Building Institute, teamed with YourUpdateTV to discuss some simple steps teachers can take to prepare for the new year.

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When and how schools will open will vary by district, but it’s clear that teachers will play an influential role in communicating the importance behind new health and safety measures, promoting them, and enforcing them on a daily basis.

The International WELL Building Institute has developed the COVID-19 Teacher Training, making it widely available free of charge to teachers and school districts across the country. The training was designed to help teachers be both educators and role models in our COVID-19 world. The recommendations included in the training will enable teachers to introduce new content into the classroom and suggests education opportunities for students whose full participation and compliance will be necessary for the best outcomes.

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About Rachel Gutter
Rachel Gutter is President of the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), a public benefit corporation with a mission to improve human health and well-being through the built environment. Rachel came to IWBI after nearly a decade at the U.S. Green Building Council, where she served as Senior Vice President of Knowledge and was Founding Director of the Center for Green Schools. A widely sought after expert and inspiring speaker, Rachel’s game-changing contributions to sustainable building have been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, FOX News, and CNN, as well as in leading industry publications including Fast Company, Metropolis, Grist, and GreenBIZ.

About the International WELL Building Institute

The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) is leading the global movement to transform our buildings, communities and organizations in ways that help people thrive. The WELL Building Standard is focused exclusively on the ways that buildings and communities, and everything in them, can improve our comfort, drive better choices, and generally enhance, not compromise, our health and wellness. IWBI mobilizes the wellness community through management of the WELL AP credential, the pursuit of applicable research, the development of educational resources, and advocacy for policies that promote health and wellness everywhere. More information on WELL can be found here.

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