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All Hands on Deck: Initial Guidance Regarding Reopening School Buildings (National Education Association)

This checklist from the National Education Association provides guidance for safely and equitably reopening schools and campus buildings, including three key requirements that must be addressed for a safe return to in-person learning.

A Blueprint for Back to School (American Enterprise Institute)

This framework primarily focuses on the immediate challenges of reopening schools, but it also discusses the need to integrate long-term social and emotional supports that tend to the needs of the whole child.

Considerations for Schools (CDC)

These guidelines from the CDC focus on the health and safety minimums needed to safely reopen school buildings as well as recommendations to adopt cohorting among smaller groups of students.

COVID-19 Resources for Field Leaders (SoLD Alliance)

This website, focused on the science of learning and development, links to dozens of school reopening plans and resources and organizes them by their intended audiences, including students, families, and educators.

Framework for Reopening Schools (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization)

This brief from UNICEF provides a decision-making framework for how to reopen schools safely that acknowledges the risk factors but also considers the negative impacts of remaining closed for marginalized children.

Guidance on Culturally Responsive-Sustaining School Reopenings: Centering Equity to Humanize the Process of Coming Back Together (Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools)

This reopening guidance for schools, authored by Dr. David Kirkland, contains a series of thought-provoking statements on how districts and teachers can be culturally responsive and equity-based in the era of COVID-19 and beyond.

Guidelines for Reopening Schools (AASA)

These guidelines, produced by The School Superintendents Association, offer 10 priority areas to shift schools toward more virtual and personalized models that are trauma-informed and trauma-skilled.

A Plan to Safely Reopen America’s Schools and Communities: Guidance for Imagining a New Normal for Public Education, Public Health and Our Economy in the Age of COVID-19 (American Federation of Teachers)

This guidance, described as a living document, recommends that districts work in partnership with local unions and to avoid reopening schools physically until there are 14 days of declining cases.

Planning for Reentry & Recovery: A Guide for Promoting Equity, Improvement, and Innovation (FourPoint Education Partners)

This guide includes a self-assessment and other reflective activities for district leaders to use as they assess their reopening plans as well as their strategic planning beyond the immediate crisis.

Ready Schools, Safe Learners: Guidance for School Year 2020-21 (Oregon Department of Education)

Oregon's comprehensive guidance to school reopening is among the most thorough and evidence-based, and it emphasizes the importance of anti-racist practice, performance assessments, and community schooling.

Recommendations for Prioritizing Equity in the Response to COVID-19 (Alliance for Excellent Education)

This report offers recommendations in six areas to support equity-focused responses to COVID-19, including how to expand and improve remote learning, and how to ease the transition to college.

Reopening Schools in the Context of COVID-19: Health and Safety Guidelines from Other Countries (LPI)

This LPI brief from May 2020 offers an international comparison of how five different countries are approaching the challenge of reopening schools in keeping with health and safety guidelines.

Reopening: Moving Toward More Equitable Schools (EL Education)

EL Education's recommendations for reopening include an emphasis on deeper learning and a compelling curriculum where students act as leaders of their own learning, all placed within a system of social and emotional supports.

Restart & Recovery: Considerations for Teaching & Learning Overview (Council of Chief State School Officers)

This short, 11-page PDF provides a series of graphics to support the thinking of systems leaders and state policymakers as they redesign school schedules and other structures to meet the challenges of the pandemic.

The Return: How Should Education Leaders Prepare for Reentry and Beyond? (Chiefs for Change and Johns Hopkins University Institute for Education Policy)

This short, 10-page PDF from May 2020 discusses strategies for school leaders to use to enact authentic, formative assessments as well as how to prioritize social and emotional needs as they reopen schools.

Reunite, Renew, and Thrive: Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Roadmap for Reopening School (CASEL)

This comprehensive road map from July 2020 offers extensive guidance with activities and tools organized around four critical social and emotional learning practices for reopening, including using data as an opportunity to share power.

Close the Digital Divide
Bauer-Kahan Bill Aims to Close the ‘Digital Divide’ in California Schools (

This news article from May 2020 discusses new proposed California legislation to close the digital divide across the state.

Broadband Program (Colorado Department of Local Affairs)

This website developed by the state of Colorado provides an interactive map of completed broadband programs as well as example requests that local governments can submit for additional broadband assistance.

California Bridging the Digital Divide Fund (GoFundMe)

This GoFundMe page raised over $12 million to close the digital divide through the California Bridging the Digital Divide Fund.

California Emerging Technology Fund Site (California Emerging Technology Fund)

This website describes the establishment of a separate nonprofit corporation to close the digital divide in California, which draws upon funding from major telecommunications companies.

California moves to close digital divide as schools shift online (EdSource)

This article from April 2020 describes the creation of a new task force in California to close the digital divide--a governance structure that other states can emulate.

Closing the K-12 Digital Divide in the Age of Distance Learning (Common Sense Media)

This report, written in partnership with Boston Consulting Group, analyzes the digital divide for America's k-12 public school students and teachers and provides strategies for moving forward to close the digital divide.

CMSD, DigitalC Will Expand Internet Access (Cleveland Metropolitan School District)

This press release explains how Cincinnati City Public Schools and the nonprofit DigitalC partnered to provide $16/month broadband access for families in the district.

COVID-19 and School Funding: What to Expect and What You Can Do (LPI)

This blog by LPI Senior Researcher and Policy Analyst Michael Griffith from April 2020 discusses the budget crises that states will face and recommends additional federal funding and flexibility in how funds are spent.

Digital Learning Plan (Wyoming Department of Education)

This 2017-18 framework helped the state achieve 100% broadband connectivity and become the national leader in high-speed access.

E-Rate: Universal Service Program for Schools and Libraries (FCC)

The federal E-Rate program has expanded broadband access in rural communities across the country and could be used as an avenue for additional federal funding.

Education Equity in Crisis: The Digital Divide (The Education Trust West )

This April 2020 blog post maps the digital divide in California and suggests action steps for state, district, and school leaders to take to ensure that every child has access to distance learning during the pandemic.

EmpowerCLE (DigitalC)

This nonprofit organization provides a growing number of communities in the greater Cleveland area with $18/month internet access--a potential model for philanthropic partnerships in other states.

Governor Newsom Announces Cross-Sector Partnerships to Support Distance Learning and Bridge the Digital Divide (Office of Governor G. Newsom)

This press release from April 2020 discusses how Governor Newsom of California has developed a new public-private partnership to expand broadband and provide devices to every child across the state.

How States Are Expanding Broadband Access (The Pew Charitable Trust)

This report identifies and explores promising practices for connecting unserved communities through examples in nine states.

K-12 Connect Forward Initiative (Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development)

This initiative supports districts looking to expand their broadband access and also provides technical assistance for remote and blended learning.

Launch Nebraska (Nebraska Department of Education)

This website organizes all of the digital resources and strategic planning for the state of Nebraska on how it plans to close the digital divide.

N.Y.C. Schools, Nation’s Largest District, Will Not Fully Reopen in Fall (New York Times)

This news article from July 2020 discusses why New York City Public Schools did not open as scheduled in fall 2020 and discusses several potential instructional models.

Office of Broadband Development (Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development)

The website for Minnesota's Office of Broadband Development includes maps, data, and broadband speed tests as well as a grant program to increase access to educational opportunity across the state.

Parents Together Spring 2020 Technology Survey (Parents Together)

This April 2020 article reveals the results of a national survey of parents, who are concerned about increased screen time as well as the need for developmentally safe social media platforms to help children stay connected.

Reopening Schools in the Context of COVID-19: Health and Safety Guidelines From Other Countries (LPI)

This LPI brief from May 2020 offers an international comparison of how five different countries are encouraging sick students and those exposed to COVID-19 to remain at home and participate in remote learning.

Return to School Roadmap (Opportunity Labs)

This road map neatly describes what to do first, what to do before school opens, and what to do when schools are open and operating, including districtwide procedures for devices.

Students of Color Caught in the Homework Gap (Alliance for Excellent Education)

This interactive article allows readers to visualize the extent of the digital divide in their area and provides cost estimates for ensuring broadband access for all students at home.

Supporting Students With Disabilities in K-12 Online and Blended Learning (Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute)

This comprehensive report discusses how to support students with disabilities in online learning environments, and it offers a series of pedagogical considerations for different types of disabilities.

Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act (Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development)

This website details the three components of Tennessee's Broadband Accessibility Act, including a Rural Task Force to evaluate the use of new grants to improve broadband access.

LA Unified Faces $200 Million in Unbudgeted Costs to Cope With Pandemic (EdSource)

This article from April 2020 analyzes the unbudgeted COVID-related costs incurred by the Los Angeles Unified School District, showcasing the budgetary problems awaiting most districts in the coming years.

The West Virginia Broadband Enhancement Council (West Virginia Department of Commerce)

The West Virginia Broadband Enhancement Council website provides policies, plans, and other resources for extending broadband access to underserved areas of West Virginia.

What Will It Take to Stabilize Schools in the Time of COVID-19? (LPI)

This blog by LPI Senior Researcher and Policy Analyst Michael Griffith from May 2020 provides a calculator to predict how much COVID-19 will cost schools through his analysis of state budgets.

Wisconsin Broadband Office (WBO) (Public Service Commission of Wisconsin)

This website for the Wisconsin Broadband Office includes emergency resources for families and an internet discount finder.

Strengthen Distance and Blended Learning
4 Key Aspects of Teaching an Online Class (Edutopia)

This blog post from April 2020 describes how to reserve in-class time for coaching on assignments that students work on outside of class, an approach that can make hybrid learning more effective.

AB-77 Education finance: education omnibus budget trailer bill (California State Legislature)

This legislation redefined attendance in this coming school year to include time equivalents for work completed--instead of requiring students to remain seated for hours in front of a screen.

At-Home Teaching and Learning in PreK-3rd Grade (National P3 Center)

This document provides specific guidance related to school districts' and elementary schools' supports for at-home learning across the primary grades (pre-k to 3rd grade) based on fundamentals of effective teaching and learning in early childhood.

Attendance Playbook: Smart Strategies for Reducing Chronic Absenteeism in the COVID Era (Attendance Works and FutureEd)

This playbook provides a detailed, three-tiered approach to addressing a lack of student attendance whether classes are held in person or online.

Blended Learning Models and Best Practices from Blended (Mind Research Institute)

This short blog defines blended learning and depicts three different instructional models for putting it into practice.

Building Solid Evidence—It’s Working at Lindsay Unified (Lindsay Unified School District)

This two-page brief highlights how blended learning and a student-centered model have improved achievement at Lindsay Unified School District in California.