Ten things parents should do to help schools safely reopen

Much of what is being done seems to assume these things will not be done at home — and that is the subject of this piece. Written by Mary Filardo, an education advocate and expert on schools facilities, it recommends 10 things parents can be ready and able to do to support the safe reopening of their children’s schools.

Filardo is a leading national authority on school facility planning, management and public private development. She has written extensively on public school facility issues and developed software to support long-range facilities master planning.

Filardo founded and serves as executive director of

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The case for treating teachers as essential workers

In some countries, including Britain, some teachers and teaching assistants as well as social workers were deemed essential when the coronavirus hit this past spring. When Britain shut down to try to stem the spread of the disease, schools remained open for vulnerable students and for children whose parents had essential jobs outside their home.

But not in the United States.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), sectors deemed “essential” by federal and/or state guidelines include energy; child care; water and wastewater; agriculture and food production; critical retail, such as grocery stores, hardware stores and mechanics; critical

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The 8 Things Teachers Know for Certain When Schools Reopen

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The idea of reopening schools is rife with uncertainty. Here’s what teachers can hold onto


Casey M. Bethel

COVID-19 is taking a toll on everyone, but the pandemic is an especially tense time for teachers who are grappling with a separate list of concerns. You can tell from the questions being posted on teacher-discussion pages: How and when will schools open fully? How prepared will students be to learn when they do? With the way last semester ended, how much did students miss? With no camps this summer, how much did they slide?

Did any of

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Texas: Religious schools can ignore local health officials on covid-19

The Governor of Texas rightfully identified access to “religious services” as essential services, which must remain open even when other aspects of our communities must close to mitigate the spread of the virus. …

Recently, however, local public health officials have begun to issue orders restricting or limiting in-person instruction in private and public schools. This guidance is intended to clarify the application of those local orders to religious private schools and institutions.

Local public health orders issued by cities and counties must be consistent with the Governor’s orders and the Attorney General’s guidance. If local public health orders are

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Why this teacher and mom is considering quitting

Ducey, however, has said that districts in Arizona should start the new school as soon as Aug. 17 with students and teachers in the classroom, as President Trump has demanded. Some teachers have started protesting, saying it is too dangerous to reopen schools while covid-19 rates and hospitalizations are spiking.

Mace is a teacher mentor in Tucson and the mother of three children aged 10 and under. (Teacher mentors are educators who not only teacher children but also serve as mentor for beginning teachers.)

In this post she explains why she may quit or take leave if she is required

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Kids back in class for summer school — and there are some problems

In Westwood, Mass., a summer school employee who didn’t feel well tested negative for the novel coronavirus and returned to her job working with students with disabilities — only to learn she really had it, WCBV reported. The Westwood Schools superintendent said in a statement that “her exposure to students was limited to a three-hour blocks” and noted that she was wearing personal protective equipment.

There is risk even in providing virtual instruction. In Arizona, a 63-year-old teacher with asthma and lupus working from school to provide virtual lessons to students at home contracted the coronavirus and died. Two other

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Mom: Virtual education was ‘a disaster’ for my son with Down syndrome

Special education students were stuck at home, most of them without the full array, or any, of the special services they receive in school as required in their federally mandated Individualized Education Programs. And in many districts, remote learning will be the order of the day again when the 2020-21 academic year begins this fall, as covid-19 rates are spiking in many states. Several districts have announced that they are going to all-remote learning for the start of the school year, including Los Angeles, the second-largest in the country.

Allison Wohl’s son, Julian, is a rising fifth-grader in Montgomery County

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School Reopening Plans Could Worsen Inequities. That’s Why This Panel Prioritizes Some In-Person Classes – Inside School Research

School leaders who gloss over equity issues when planning to reopen schools this fall will not only exacerbate learning losses caused by this spring’s coronavirus closures, but could worsen the effects of the pandemic in some of the communities already hardest hit.

That is the bottom line for new guidance on school reopening out today from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, the collective formal scientific body of the United States. While the guidance shares recent reopening recomendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics on the importance of social distancing

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In Pandemic, Digital Access and Parents’ Education Made the Biggest Difference in Schools’ Response – Inside School Research

Across all sectors, from traditional public to charter and private campuses, schools moved quickly to restart academics in the aftermath of the pandemic school closures this spring. But the most comprehensive look to date at U.S. schools’ response finds that online access and parents’ education made the biggest difference in how fully schools responded.

In a study of more than 3,500 schools released this week by the National Center on Education Access and Choice and the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans, researchers found no significant difference in response based on whether schools had poverty rates more or less than

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