The coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic forced the suspension of in-person education in kindergarten through grade 12 (K–12) schools across the United States (U.S.). As time passed, teachers, students, and parents struggled with remote education. With limited guidance at the federal level, physicians and school leaders across the country collaborated to develop local solutions for schools. This manuscript describes the lessons learned from the development of four academic-community partnerships and collaboration among these partnerships to provide national leadership on managing COVID-19 mitigation in the K–12 environment. In addition, we describe a pathway forward for using academic-community partnerships to improve child health.

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