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Public schools are adapting to online and hybrid models of instruction

As public schools reopen this year—whether in person or virtually—students and parents can expect a significantly different educational experience from the abrupt closures in March. Virtual and online learning will continue to evolve, and because the Covid-19 pandemic may shutter more schools this winter, schools are learning and adapting to...

As states and school districts reopen schools, LFA is compiling pertinent information on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and its impact on their students, staff and families for educators and parents.

Originally published March 2, 2020. Updated as needed. As schools reopen virtually and in person this month, the continue to grapple with a sudden and uncharted course to manage COVID-19 (novel Coronavirus) outbreaks. LFA recently published a report, "Managing COVID-19 in School Buildings" with advice from school nurses, and will...

In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic that shuttered schools earlier this year, national organizations are attempting to mark opinions about how schools should reopen

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues and schools begin to reopen virtually and in hybrid models, many surveys are attempting to gauge attitudes and beliefs of educators, parents and the public on how this can and should be done safely. LFA recently examined major surveys as part of a continuing project...

School nurses explain how COVID-19 would upend logistics for caring for students who may be infected, and how schools need to readjust policies and clinics to manage the pandemic

As the 2020 school year approaches, communities are continuing to make decisions about the nature of public school in the time of COVID-19. Many schools are beginning the year with a fully online approach, where students may not see the inside of the classroom until the fall or beyond. However...

Recommendations from infectious disease experts give school administrators, parents and educators advice on reopening schools

What do parents, educators, and school leaders need to know about transmission of Covid-19 and how it might impact school reopenings this fall? Members of the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) joined education organizations for a webinar to present what is known, suspected, and unknown about the Covid-19 pandemic...

The COVID-19 pandemic could bring a new purpose for an old concept in delivering education services

An intermediate school unit (sometimes called Education Service Agencies) works with local school districts to coordinate and collaborate shared services to benefit students. These agencies present an opportunity for schools that need to share resources – such as professional development, apprenticeship programs, and mental health services. As school districts deal...

In his new book, veteran policy analyst Jack Jennings shows how federal initiatives have missed the critical issues in K-12 education and society

Jack Jennings is legendary in K-12 education policy. He spent more than 50 years in Washington—divided between serving as the head staffer on the House Education and Labor Committee and founder of the Center on Education Policy. As a young federal reporter at Education Week in the 1990s, Jack was...

Education associations can play a key role in how and when to reopen schools during the COVID-19 pandemic

The schools we know well--classrooms teeming with learning and discovery, lunch breaks, sports and extracurricular activities--now seem like the distant past. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues into the annual back-to-school season, school leaders have ventured into the uncharted territory of providing digital learning to all students and now must figure...

The COVID-19 crisis has given public schools new opportunities to rethink learning

For many years, people have discussed doing school differently. Educators can see how the world has changed—and with it, the needs of our students. This is evident not only in so much of what we see on a daily basis in our classrooms, but also from numerous studies related to...

Using a rubric can help educators make critical decisions about when and how to reopen schools.

It’s an understatement to say that we’re living at a time of uncertainty. Public education is a large endeavor: While we have 50.8 million students in traditional public schools, we also have 14,000 school districts, many communities, and families who all have different needs. Yet all want to know, what...