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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, school offiicals 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 continue...

A teacher surmises that educators need to rethink science instruction to help stoke students' curiosity and prepare them to use their knowledge 

By Ted Willard, Discovery Education At some stage in every teacher’s life, they reach a point when they feel like they should write a letter of apology to the students they taught early in their career, and I am no different. I can remember how, in my first few years...

"We now have a unique opportunity to build a system that is more responsive and in line with student and staff needs."

By L. Earl Franks and Richard M. Long This blog was originally published by the American Psychiatric Association Foundation. Public schools are facing their biggest challenge: Educating students during a worldwide health pandemic. Public schools have always strived to be a safe haven for all students, a shelter for our...

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

Originally published Sept. 22, 2020; updated Sept. 28, 2020. 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...

Teachers and principals are taking on larger roles to identify students with mental health needs. A time-tested program helps train them to look for critical clues.

Too many of our students are dealing with mental health and social-emotional issues that impact their learning and future success. This is a significant challenge for public schools, communities, and families, and we know that a wide array of professionals are needed in public schools. But more than 14 million...

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...

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...