This step of the process has two related parts:

  • Prioritizing helps you figure out what really matters to your unique school community, and focuses your efforts and resources.  Without it, all issues seem equally significant.
  • Planning gives overall direction for how you will get from where you are now to where you want to be. It helps to ensure that the actions you take are evidence-based, that they’ve been shown to work in real life, and that they are a good fit for your school community.

The COVID-19 pandemic is a public health priority unlike any other. It has shown us that the school health plans we create today may need to change tomorrow. 

For the latest public health guidance for schools, visit

Often, school authorities and schools have priority-setting techniques, planning tools, blueprints, or frameworks to guide change. What these resources are called is not as important as what they include. Look for tools that incorporate:

  • Key priorities
  • A carefully crafted goal
  • Specific and measurable objectives
  • Evidence-based ways to take action
  • Clear indicators of success 

 Check out our top resources for support with prioritizing and planning in school health below.

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