This has been a difficult and stressful time for schools, districts, education systems worldwide, and families. With widespread school closures, educators and district leaders are working non-stop to ensure all students have access to learning opportunities and other services that schools provide, like free lunch—all while taking steps to stop the spread of COVID-19.
To support your efforts, we have put together a set of FAQs to assist schools and districts with their most pressing needs—including providing Free and Reduced Lunches, supporting students’ social emotional needs, transitioning to online instruction, and addressing equity concerns for students with limited access to technology, students with disabilities, and English learners. These FAQs share ideas from districts across the country, as well as resources from local and state education agencies.
Please stay safe and let us know if you have any research or resource needs during these uncertain times.
FAQs: State and District Response to COVID-19 Outbreak
- How can districts support families’ access to technology during school closures?
- How are districts providing meals for students who typically qualify for Free and Reduced Lunches (FRL)?
- What are some methods of providing online instructional support for students with disabilities?
- How can educators provide high-quality instruction to English learners (ELs) in an online environment?
- How can educators and families support students’ mental health and social emotional needs?
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This blog post reprinted from the Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast & Islands.
|Julie Riordan is a principal research scientist at EDC and director of REL Northeast & Islands. She has extensive experience in systems change in education through strategic engagement with educators and policymakers. Her areas of specialization include the evaluation of education policy, organizational change in schools, and the use of evidence in decision making with a focus on state and local education agencies.|