KY – Reopening Considerations for Exceptional Learners and Preschool
This document is designed to align with the Healthy at School document, “Guidance on Safety Expectations and Best Practices for Kentucky Schools” to provide specific considerations for exceptional learners and preschool students.
KY – Guidance on Safety Expectations and BP for KY Schools
Practices listed in this document are divided into safety expectations that must be implemented by schools, as determined by the Kentucky Department for Public Health. Best practices are additional strategies that schools may choose to follow in order to optimize the safety of students and staff.
KY – COVID Guidance – Reopening of ATCs
This guidance document is intended to provide an overview of the Kentucky Tech reopening plan for all ATCs, beginning on Sept. 28, 2020.
Kennedy Krieger Institute – COVID Special Health Needs
Children with specialized healthcare needs comprise 25% of the student population and are at increased risk for COVID-19 complications (NASN, 2020). The purpose of this tool is to help the school nurse understand his/her role in supporting students with special health care needs and be a member of the school COVID-19 re-entry plan.
Children’s Mercy – Guidance for School Re-Opening During the COVID-19 Pandemic
This document serves as guidance to mitigate the risk and provide COVID-19 transmission for schools making the decision to pursue in-person learning. The document is based on current guidelines and the latest scientific information available and will be updated as appropriate.
COVID & Return Resources
This is the COVID & Return Resource hub provided by The Commons group of Denver Public Schools.
COVID-19 Hotline Reporting Process: for COVID-19 Reporters
The team at Denver Public Schools has created this helpful resource for those that will be facilitating the COVID-19 reporting process.
COVID-19 Screening and COVID-19 Testing Decision Tree
The Nursing and Student Health Services team at Denver Public Schools has created this helpful resource to provide a workflow to help work through the decision making process for the COVID-19 screening and COVID-19 testing process.
DC School Arrival – Elementary
This helpful video from DC Public School provides an overview of procedures for arriving at school during this unique time for school systems.
DC Differentiating Virtual Instruction
This helpful video provides ideas toward differentiating instruction in a virtual setting by reviewing content, process, and product.
The Essential Eight – Leading in a Virtual Learning Environment
“A new leadership order has emerged which has no leadership standards, no preparation or development .... There are no precedents, no ring-binders, no blueprints to help school leaders through the current maelstrom that is COVID19.”
In such times, those who are responsible for evaluating school leaders should not rely on the same tools they used prior to the pandemic. In this resource, you will find questions and prompts that will help you focus on evaluating how school leaders are rising to the challenge of leading during this crisis.
DC Fire Prevention Information Bulletin
Building Evacuation and Fire Drills During COVID-19. - Updated 9-1-2020
DC Connecting with Diverse Learner Families
A collection of tips and tools for connecting with diverse learner families.
DC Close Reading in a Virtual Setting
A collection of best practices for close reading in the virtual setting.
DC Charter Support Student Safety
Student Safety Resources designed to help you think through some possible related scenarios.
DC Charter Support Family Engagement
Family Engagement Resources designed to help you think through some possible related scenarios.
SLJ COVID-19 Publisher Information Directory
As educators move to remote learning, many are worrying and wondering about reading books aloud online and possibly violating copyright laws. In response, many children's publishers have temporarily altered policies. Please consult individual publisher websites for additional information.
DC Charter Support COVID19 Arrival + Dismissal
The education practice includes creating learning spaces for school-based operations teams, developing tools to support equitable school operations practices, and catalyzing collective change through individualized and team coaching.
Prioritizing Diverse Learners in the Return to School Buildings
A presentation of key questions to be considered and recommended answers as schools plan and facilitate targeted small group return to buildings safely and effectively.
DC (re)Establishing and Nurturing and Engaged Classroom
Establishing and nurturing an engaged classroom is an ongoing process. This resource provides a rubric to self-assess student participation and engagement as well as a menu of strategies to strengthen the foundation of an online classroom.
Johns Hopkins University – Tracking School Reopening Plans
This tracker is a living resource; continuous updating as new plans are released and existing ones are revised. The tracker includes reopening plans and guidance from US states and national organizations.
ISTE – Providing Effective and Equitable Digital Learning for all Student
This document provides three key considerations that districts must keep in mind as they build immediate and long-term plans: equitable infrastructure, active digital learning content, and educator capacity building.
Healthy Schools Campaign – COVID-19 Resources for Cleaning Staff
These resources provide protocols, product recommendations, and best practices for addressing COVID-19 in your facilities.
Georgetown University – FutureEd Testing Blueprint
Blueprint for testing outlines how and when states, school districts, and schools should use assessments in this unprecedented period: to gauge student learning, help accelerate students to grade-level performance, and provide systems-level insights into educational recovery.
FL – COVID-19 School Cleaning Manual (Updated September 3, 2020)
This manual is intended to provide Schools of Lee County School District guidance to meet COVID-19 cleaning protocols. These cleaning protocols have been researched and vetted by the District and consulting health professionals throughout the summer.
ERS – Bigger Inequities, Bolder Solutions
This guide identifies equity principles and a series of equity actions for district leaders to consider when planning for the 2020-21 school year, to ensure that reopening plans are equitably serving all students who have been disproportionately impacted by the current health, economic and social crises.
ERS – Education Resource Equity in 2020-21
This guide offers a series of actions to help ensure that school plans for 2020-21 equitably service all students.
ERS – Transitioning from remote to in person
This document provides starting points and levers that can help district leadership teams plan, navigate, and effectively implement these transitions when the time is right for their context.
Ed Research for Recovery – Identifying and Supporting Students Experiencing Homelessness
A series aimed at providing K-12 education decision-makers and advocates with an evidence base to ground discussions about how to best serve students during and following the novel coronavirus pandemic. Click here to learn more about the EdResearch for Recovery Project and view the set of COVID-19 response and recovery topic areas and practitioner-generated questions.
Council of the Great City School – English Learners and COVID
This guide will address the issues facing families of English learners in greater detail. It will also include some of the lessons that districts have learned while working to support their English learner and immigrant communities during school closures.
CA – Guidance for High Needs Students Cohorts
This guidance applies to groups of children and youth in controlled, supervised, and indoor environments operated by local educational agencies, and the purpose of the document is to provide guidance for necessary in-person child supervision and limited instruction, targeted support services, and facilitation of distance learning in small group environments for a specified subset of children and youth, and for those programs to understand the required health and safety practices needed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in their settings.
American Academy of Pediatrics – COVID-19 Interim Guidance: Return to Sports
This guidance is intended for pediatricians to inform families on how to mitigate risk and prevent the spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome-coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus that causes COVID-19, to others both within sports and within families and the community. Pediatricians should also refer to their state regulations and guidance associated with return to sports as states are allowing practice and competition to resume at different stages.
CDC – Six Steps for Cleaning & Disinfecting Schools
CDC offers the following readiness and planning tool to share ways school administrators can help protect students, staff, and communities, and slow the spread of COVID-19. This tool aligns with the Considerations for Schools.
American Academy of Pediatrics – COVID-19 Planning Considerations and Guidance
The purpose of this guidance is to support education, public health, local leadership, and pediatricians collaborating with schools in creating policies for school re-entry that foster the overall health of children, adolescents, staff, and communities and are based on available evidence.
KY – Sports – KHSAA Covid19 Allowances and Restrictions
Document to return to participation in sports and sports activities guidance for high schools and middle schools.
Instruction Partners – Continuous Improvement Toolkit
Educators have passed the first hurdle of reopening during an unprecedented time, but we continue to face many interconnected and complex problems. It is time for reopening committees to become continuous improvement committees; time to turn the aspirations that anchored planning into goals and quantitative and qualitative data-tracking systems; time to shift stakeholder engagement from informing the plan to informing what is working and what can be improved; time to identify the few big things we care most about this year and problem-solve how to make those aspirations a reality. to advance and preserve student learning across multiple instructional scenarios?
Gallagher Insurance – K-12 Education Childcare Center Safety Checklist
Guideline checklist to ensure the safety of the children, parents and staff.
Gallagher Insurance – Guidelines for Reopening School Transportation
General guidelines to help ensure continued sanitization on school transportation/buses.
GA – K-12 Recovery Plan
The Georgia Department of Education, in partnership with the Georgia Department of Public Health, has developed guidance to support districts and communities in determining their plans and strategies for reopening schools. Georgia’s Path to Recovery for K-12 Schools provides a tiered approach with clear, actionable steps that are advisable before students and employees return to school buildings, along with guidance that is applicable throughout the 2020-2021 school year.
FOUR Strategies to Help Students Feel Calm During Distance Learning
Guide elementary students to regulate their emotions and feel connected to their teacher and peers so they’re ready to learn. Strategies and mini brain-aligned practices intended for distance learning that prepare the brain and body for a calm regulated state, improved focus, and attention.
DC – Education and Childcare Summary
A guide generated from the city’s online public survey regarding universal safeguards and staging.
CTE – Virtual Resources
A list of Virtual labs, simulations and interactive learning for STEM and CTE students.
CDC – Operating schools during COVID-19 – CDCs Considerations
CDC offers updated considerations for mitigation strategies that K-12 school administrators can use to help protect students, teachers, and staff and slow the spread of COVID-19. These updated Considerations for Schools are intended to aid school administrators as they consider how to protect the health, safety, and wellbeing of students, teachers, staff, their families, and communities.
CCSSO – Restart Building Cleaning and Safety Resources
This document provides information gathered from a variety of sources on the topics of: school reopening, considerations for teachers and staff, building cleaning, screening as well as social distancing and other safety protocols. This is one of several resources CCSSO plans to provide to state members to inform state-level decision-making on the reopening of school buildings and recovery of student learning loss. We encourage states to use this document as a starting point for conversations with state and/or local health officials as well as the working group or task force in your state that is focused on the reopening of school buildings.
CCSSO Restart & Recovery Access and Equity for English Learners
This document provides support and guidance for Administration, teachers, EL families and partners. Providing design and support the development of EL focused professional learning opportunities for teachers and other staff.
CAST – Getting Started with Universal Design for Learning
Use these three UDL principles adapted from CAST when you’re planning a lesson, daily routine, or activity for your students.
MI – Detroit Public Schools Draft Covid Reopening Plan
Establishing consistent on-site safety precautions that are regularly monitored, as well as relying on flexible arrangements like staggered scheduling, telecommuting, facilities and virtual learning to supplement the work we would normally do in person.
NCSI – Critical Components for Remote Education Plans
Document assisting administrators in making (re)opening decisions regarding curriculum, student engagement, equitable access to learning, Staff PD, and Family Engagement.
NCSI – Critical Components – One pager
A one pager providing components of remote learning for students who are learning at the same time or at their one pace.
NCSI – Preparing School Buildings for Reopening After COVID-19
This resource seeks to provide charter school authorizers and boards with the critical components, descriptions, and examples or prompts to think through the most effective learning plans for students.
NCSI – Reopening Schools Checklist
One pager providing protocols to help schools reopen following safety measures to keep students and staff safe.
Niet-rubric companion for virtual instruction
Instructional strategies for virtual learning: The virtual learning companion tool is meant to supplement what educators already know about strong instruction, regardless of delivery method. This tool assists in defining specific strategies and ideas – with key virtual learning terms highlighted in orange – but it is not meant to be comprehensive of all possible virtual learning adaptations.
NY – Brooklyn Lab ToolKit
Back to school facility tool kit; containing potential modifications to our school facilities that support our commitment to meeting the needs of all learners. The tool kit covers operational adjustments that the LAB team is developing and focuses on general education, students with special needs, and small classes.
NY Leading for Equity and Access Amid COVID
This guide is meant to support principals and school system leaders in leading an equity-focused response to the ripple effect of COVID-19, to ensure they are best equipped to support their students, families, and staff through and beyond this crisis.
OR – Operational Blueprint Final
Oregon Department of Education guidance/form for each school to plan to ensure students can return to our school facilities for the 2020-21 school year.
OR – Ready Schools Safe Learners 2020-2021
The Ready Schools, Safe Learners guidance focuses on health and safety requirements with provisions for flexibility that honor and recognize the uniqueness of communities across Oregon, to support schools in designing plans to meet community-specific needs and strengths.
PA – Phased School Reopening Health and Safety Plan Template
The templates provided in this toolkit can be used to document a school entity’s Health and Safety Plan, with a focus on professional learning and communications, to ensure all stakeholders are fully informed and prepared for a local phased reopening of school facilities.
PA – Pre-K to 12 Reopening Guidance
This preliminary guidance document serves as a starting point for school leaders to consider in their preparations for the upcoming year. This guidance applies to school entities which include: school districts, charter schools, regional charter schools, cyber charter schools, career and technical centers (CTCs), and intermediate units (IUs).
Report Attendance Playbook Covid Edition
The Attendance playbook offers ideas for how to encourage and track attendance during distance learning in a section at the beginning of the report. And it includes more than two dozen effective and readily scalable approaches to reducing chronic student absenteeism in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak.
SIA (School Insurance Authority ) – A Collection of Guidance for Schools and Districts
The purpose of this tool is to assist administrators in making (re)opening decisions regarding K-12 schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is important to check with state and local health officials and other partners to determine the most appropriate actions while adjusting to meet the unique needs and circumstances of the local community.