LFA Updates

A countywide school district engaged its community and strategized with multiple groups to ensure its schools could safely reopen.

By Cody Patterson Hamilton County Schools (HCS) in Chattanooga, the fourth largest district in Tennessee, was one of thousands of public school districts left grappling with how to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. To maintain the continuity of learning, the district launched a School Reopening Task Force and worked furiously...

New federal data shows many families have skipped routine vaccinations needed for school admissions during the Covid-19 pandemic

While schools have been focused on the instructional and safety issues related to the Covid-19 pandemic, a new challenge has emerged: Students have missed getting their regular vaccinations for measles, smallpox, and other diseases. These are mandatory vaccines needed to enroll and attend public and other schools. New data from...

LFA members offer guidance for a wide array of educators and parents who are dealing with students' questions, anxiety, and anger

The political events and images of rioters storming the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021 reached schools and homes across the nation and beyond. Several members of the Learning First Alliance are posting statements and resources regarding the riots to help school leaders, teachers and specialists work with their schools...

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. See LFA's homepage for any updates. 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...

Giving teachers and school staff priority access to vaccinations is critical to allowing schools to reopen, LFA writes.

The 11 member associations of the Learning First Alliance have asked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to allow teachers and all school staff priority access to new vaccines for Covid-19. Such a move would allow schools to reopen more safely and help promote public confidence in a vaccine...

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues indefinitely, school leaders and educators are exhausted from the continuous challenges of the job.

The Covid-19 pandemic is wearing out our school leaders and educators, or perhaps, they are wearing themselves out. What has started as a crisis has become an ongoing set of challenges that is exhausting and frightening. Educational leaders are moving from one problem to the next, knowing well that there...

"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...

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...