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Resources for Reopening Schools

As the United States struggles with reopening, schools are at the forefront of the conversation in the midst of an ongoing pandemic. Not only will schools need to reopen in a way that protects the safety and health of students, teachers, and staff, but schools will need to find new ways to help students make up for the losses in learning, health, and support systems that occurred as a result school closures. Our resources can help.

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    Tracking State and National School Reopening Plans

    This interactive state tracker curates school reopening plans by state, as well as guidance documents by non-governmental organizations, along six operational criteria: 1) Core Academics; 2) SARS CoV-2 Protection; 3) Before/After School Programs, including Athletics, Childcare, and Extracurriculars; 4) Building Access & Student Transportation; 5) School Health Services; and 6) Food and Nutrition, and six ethics and equity criteria 1) Parent Choice; 2) Teacher and Other School Personnel Choice; 3) Children with Special Needs/IEP/ESL/Gifted & Twice Exceptional; 4) Children of Poverty, Children of Color, Systematic Disadvantage (Low-Income Parents & Parents who are Essential Workers); 4) Privacy; and 6) Engagement and Transparency.

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    The Ethics of K-12 School Reopening: Identifying and Addressing the Values at Stake

    Guidance on the challenges schools will face as they reopen their doors needs to take account of the ethical issues at stake. We frame school reopening around four broad moral values—well-being, liberty, justice, and legitimacy—and how policies under consideration can promote or undermine these moral values.

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    COVID-19 School Reopening Checklist

    The COVID-19 School Reopening Response Checklist is a tool to assist school and district leaders and other key stakeholders in the decision-making process as they navigate school reopening. It emphasizes areas in need of attention from an equity and ethics perspective. The decision-makers can use the Checklist to systematically assess their needs and resources for reopening in 6 areas: continuity of learning, infection control and facilities, food security, health, housing and safety, and supervision.

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    Examples of Equity-Oriented Reopening Policies

    A continuously updated list of equity-based school reopening policies under consideration or being implemented by school systems around the country.

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    School News Roundup

    Our biweekly e-newsletter provides the latest information about schools and the COVID-19 pandemic. Browse the archive and sign up to receive the newsletter by email.

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Resources

The ethics of reopening our schools

Read our op-ed in the Baltimore Sun

June 1, 2020

School Closure Response Checklist

A guide for school and district leaders navigating the care of students during COVID-19 school closures.

April 30, 2020

School Closure Plan Tracker

This tracker summarizes how different districts are responding to school closures, focusing on 1) continuity of learning; 2) health; 3) food security; 4) supervision; and 5) housing/safety.

April 30, 2020

School News Roundup

Our biweekly e-newsletter provides the latest information about schools and the COVID-19 pandemic. Browse the archive and sign up to receive the newsletter by email.

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