(Re)OpeningUpdated May 22, 2020, 9:05 AM
These resources support the complex planning and preparation necessary as states consider re-opening schools, child care centers, and increasing in-home services following the initial wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reminds communities of the principles to keep in mind as schools reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic. Aside from maintaining a safe environment as students, staff and administrators return to school, the resource also helps schools prepare if someone gets sick.
This tool developed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) assists administrators in making (re)opening decisions for K-12 schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. It explores three questions: Should you consider opening? Are recommended health and safety actions in place? Is ongoing monitoring in place?
This document helps staff and families prepare to return to in-person education. Developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), this resource looks at the return to school from a student and environment perspective. Some student considerations include developing a plan to ensure a review of each child’s Individual Educational Program (IEP) and prioritizing new referrals rather than requiring re-evaluations. Environmental considerations include developing isolation measures for sick students, and staff and group size restrictions that provide for appropriate physical distancing.
This resource outlines decisions chief state school officers will need to make before students can re-enter school buildings. Developed by the Council of Chief State School Officers, the resource emphasizes physical safety, mental health and academic success for all students, especially the most vulnerable. The plan views school restart and student learning recovery through the lens of continuity of learning, conditions for learning, leadership and planning, and policy and funding.
Should I change my staff-to-child ratios? What is the protocol regarding the use of hand sanitizers with three and four-year-olds due to Coronavirus? These are among the helpful questions answered for early care and education center programs in this American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) document.