Important Covid-19 Resources

JPS Solutions supports our schools and organizations as they respond to the changes and disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  We hope that the resources we’ve linked to will be helpful to you, along with resources provided by many of the organizations in our “Useful Links” section below. Check back as we will be adding to our collection of COVID-19 resources. Please contact us if you’d like to talk about reopening and school improvement as we adjust to and succeed in “the new normal.”

Health and Safety

Testing

  1. What Is “Test to Stay” and Can It Limit Covid Quarantines in Schools? – Results from a CDC study conducted in Utah suggested the Test to Stay strategy could keep more students in class, but concerns remain about rapid test accuracy.
    September 7, 2021 – Tech & Learning
    https://www.techlearning.com/news/what-is-test-to-stay-and-can-it-limit-covid-quarantines-in-schools?utm_source=SmartBrief&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=EDAE705D-DA25-4606-A952-76D10DFA2839&utm_content=4BAA24A0-0589-437D-86A3-FBB9E87F01FD&utm_term=f74fd8c0-393b-4156-8c39-3a839afd9a94
  2. Why Rapid Coronavirus Tests in Schools May Not Be the ‘Game Changer’ Some Officials Hope For – As charter schools and school districts begin to consider the use of rapid COVID-19 testing of staff and students, many questions require attention and resolution, if possible. This Ed Week article provides available information to help school and district leaders make responsible decisions regarding COVID-19 testing in their schools and districts.
    Oct. 9, 2020 – Ed Week
    https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2020/10/09/why-rapid-coronavirus-tests-in-schools-may.html?cmp=eml-enl-eu-mostpop&M=59724822&U=985928&UUID=fed5623c6bbefed84cb6683d2a011388
  3. CDC Offers Cautions, Guidance for Schools’ COVID-19 Testing Strategies – With the increased availability of tests, these considerations are intended to provide guidance on the appropriate use of testing for COVID-19 in K-12 schools for surveillance, diagnosis, screening, or outbreak response.October 14, 2020 – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2020/10/school-covid-19-testing-cdc-guidance.html?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=campaignk-12
  4. Testing for COVID-19 at School: Frequently Asked Questions – School-based testing for COVID-19 isn’t easy. Here are some key questions and answers to consider.
    March 16, 2021 – EdWeek
    https://www.edweek.org/leadership/should-schools-test-students-and-staff-for-covid-19/2021/03
  5. Going Back To School:  A guide to set up an effective and efficient process for testing in your K-12 institution
    https://bdveritor.bd.com/content/dam/bdveritor/pdfs/BD_Veritor_Playbook-Back2School.pdf
  6. Putting safety first: COVID-19 testing in schools – Are schools ready to offer a post-pandemic place to learn?
    April 9, 2021 – EdWeek
    https://www.edweek.org/sponsor/bd/putting-safety-first-covid-19-testing-in-schools
  7. Covid testing was supposed to keep schools safe. What Happened?As schools reopen, frequent Covid testing is meant to be a crucial tool in controlling virus outbreaks on campus. But so far, testing in many districts remains inconsistent and disorganized, leaving parents, teachers and administrators frustrated and doubtful of the tests’ effectiveness in keeping students safe.
    September 7, 2021 – EdSource
    https://edsource.org/2021/covid-testing-was-supposed-to-keep-schools-safe-what-happened/660721
  8. Schools have begun mass testing for covid-19. But hurdles and uncertainties remain. – Scientific unknowns, access and logistics are barriers to routine screening.
    September 14, 2021 – Science Insider
    https://www.science.org/content/article/schools-have-begun-mass-testing-covid-19-hurdles-and-uncertainties-remain

Masks

Vaccinations

  1. Do Teachers Have to Disclose Their Vaccination Status? Experts Weigh In – Experts answer four pressing questions about teachers, privacy, and COVID-19 vaccines.
    March 24, 2021 – EdWeek
    https://www.edweek.org/leadership/do-teachers-have-to-disclose-their-vaccination-status-experts-weigh-in/2021/03

Social Distancing

  1. Will 3-Foot Spacing Still Make Sense With New COVID Variants in the Community? – New, more infectious strains of the coronavirus account for a rising share of new cases, raising districts’ need to be vigilant.
    March 25, 2021 – EdWeek
    https://www.edweek.org/leadership/will-3-foot-spacing-still-make-sense-with-new-covid-variants-in-the-community/2021/03

Ventilation

  1. Air Purifiers, Fans, and Filters: A COVID-19 Explainer for Schools – This article is much like a primer about air purifiers, fans, and filters in schools to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. This information should be shared with school stakeholders and can act as a way of helping to determine the status of a school’s ventilation system.
    October 27, 2020 – EdWeek
  2. Harvard – CU Boulder Portable Air Cleaner for Schools – Simple tool for schools for selecting portable air cleaners for rooms.
    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1NEhk1IEdbEi_b3wa6gI_zNs8uBJjlSS-86d4b7bW098/edit#gid=1836861232
  3. What the CDC Guidelines Don’t Say About Classroom Ventilation and COVID-19 Spread – The new guidance focuses less on ventilation than masking or distancing, but research shows some attention to ventilation can help.
    February 17, 2021 – EdWeek
    https://www.edweek.org/leadership/what-the-cdc-guidelines-dont-say-about-classroom-ventilation-and-covid-19-spread/2021/02

Contact Tracing

  1. Contact Tracing? Sports? Experts Explain School Reopening Research and Recommendations – Two experts shared highlights, best practices, and dos and don’ts at the recent National Safe School Reopening Summit. Hosted by the Department of Education’s Jessica Cardichon, the panel featured Greta Massetti, who leads a task force on community interventions and COVID-19 at the CDC, and Donna Harris-Aikens, senior advisor for policy and planning at the Department of Education.
    March 24, 2021 – EdSurge
     
  2. Another Pandemic ‘To Do’ on the List for Schools Contact Tracing
    May 13, 2021 – KHN
  3. Interim Cleaning and Disinfection Guidance for Primary and Secondary Schools for COVID-19 : This NYS DOH bulletin provides specific guidelines for hand and respiratory hygiene and for cleaning and disinfection. The bulletin also provides a list of high-risk locations in the school building that warrant regular cleaning and disinfection as well as examples of frequently touched areas in the school that may require being disinfected multiple times during the school day.
    https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2020/08/interim-guidance-schools_0.pdf
  4. School Re-Opening in the Era of Covid-19 – The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg Schools of Public Health and Medicine released an online educational series that aims to guide school and district officials nationwide, of best practices to reduce COVID-19 risks when they decide it’s time to have students and teachers return for in-person learning.
    Johns Hopkins Consortium for School-Based Health
    https://schoolhealth.jhu.edu/covid19_resources/modules/
  5. We Are Pediatricians. Here’s How to Reopen Schools Safely – 12 principles for defining safe reopening
    January 28, 2021 – Ed Week
    https://www.edweek.org/leadership/opinion-we-are-pediatricians-heres-how-to-reopen-schools-safely/2021/01?utm_source=enl&utm_medium=eml&utm_campaign=savvypr&utm_content=bigstory
     
  6. Is Lunchtime the ‘Weak Link’ in School Reopening Plans? – It’s risky when students are inside and unmasked, experts say. Here are five ways to mitigate that risk and make in-school meals safer.
    February 18, 2021 – EdWeek
    https://www.edweek.org/leadership/is-lunchtime-the-weak-link-in-school-reopening-plans/2021/02

Reimagining Schools Through School Restart Plans & COVID Relief Funds

  1. Trauma-Informed Schools During COVID-19 Infographic – This engaging infographic gives important information, practical ideas, and proven strategies to develop action steps to support trauma-informed practices, in both distance learning and in brick and mortar schools.
    Infographic Provided By: 321 Insight
    https://fs24.formsite.com/edweek/images/WP-321_Insight_TraumaInformedSchoolsCOVID.pdf
  2. In video classes teachers parse clues to student wellbeing – The coronavirus pandemic and virtual instruction raised the stakes considerably for school personnel, along with health care workers and other professionals, to report any suspicions of neglect or abuse in accordance with Child protection laws. In the absence of daily in-person school and extracurriculars, a teacher’s video contact may offer the only window to spot potential problems in students’ lives. This article provides suggestions for teachers regarding their carrying out their legal responsibility to report potential instances of child abuse when their report is based on what is seen remotely.
    October 23, 2020 – AP News
    https://apnews.com/article/us-news-virus-outbreak-c23fa6426ba2aab1bc40492d9cb46012
  3. Supporting Student Mental Health Now and in the Future – The coronavirus pandemic has taken a significant toll on students’ mental health as they cope with stressors at home and anxiety and uncertainty about the future — including what their school year will look like. Now, as students go back to school — whether it’s in-person, online or a hybrid model, we must make sure students are getting the mental health support they need. Schools must have the right tools and technology to stay on top of wellbeing concerns — from suspected abuse to anxiety and depression — even if students aren’t physically in classrooms. This article discusses student anxiety and depression and what schools should consider to successfully address such students’ needs.
    October 22, 2020 – The Journal
    https://thejournal.com/Articles/2020/10/22/Supporting-Student-Mental-Health-Now-and-in-the-Future.aspx?Page=1
  4. What Shouldn’t Return to ‘Normal’ When Schools Reopen – This EdSurge article includes several school superintendents’ thoughts and recommendations about what the “new normal” should include and exclude in school operations. The  superintendents identified practices and policies forced on schools by the pandemic that should become common practice when schools adjust post-pandemic.
    November 10, 2020 – EdSurge
    https://www.edsurge.com/news/2020-11-10-what-shouldn-t-return-to-normal-when-schools-reopen
  5. Will 2020 Nurture Transformation, or a Return to Normal? – This article discusses what it will take for changes in education, brought about by the global pandemic, to stick during the post-pandemic period. The article takes a historical perspective to change citing several interesting examples.
    November 12, 2020 – Education Next
    https://www.educationnext.org/will-2020-nurture-transformation-or-a-return-to-normal/
  6. The Big Lessons From History – In this article, the author shares 5 lessons from history that he has learned that have significance for the future. The COVID-19 Pandemic motivated his interest in exploring these lessons to learn from the Pandemic and the consequences of disregarding these lessons.
    November 12, 2020 – Collaborative Fund
    https://www.collaborativefund.com/blog/the-big-lessons-from-history/
  7. School Social Workers Are Begging Us to Remember Their Vital Role – This article considers the role of the school social worker during the current COVID Pandemic and the changes necessary to address students’ increased social and emotional needs.
  8. 4-Ways Covid-19 Could Alter Long-Term Curricular Approaches – This article discusses many district leaders’ opinions about the likelihood that the shifts made over the past several months to accommodate all options, both at the administrative and academic levels, are likely to remain after the pandemic wanes — and that these changes are for the better.
    November 18, 2020 – Education Dive
    https://www.educationdive.com/news/4-ways-covid-19-could-alter-long-term-curricular-approaches/588199/
  9. Why the Pandemic Forces Administrators to Rethink Attendance and Interoperability – Recent changes to the learning environment brought on by the pandemic forced schools and districts to redefine student attendance. Among many things, the changing learning environment created a growing need to report on student activity more holistically. A binary data capture system that fails to incorporate student engagement measures and participation no longer suffice to characterize a student’s presence at school. This article discusses the changing education environment, the changes being made to student attendance taking, and the need for systems interoperability to link multiple measures of student engagement.
  10. Want to Improve Learning Outcomes? Give Students More Time – An extended school year, multiage classrooms, and other strategies can address learning loss, says Penn Graduate School of Education dean.
    March 11, 2021 – EdWeek
    https://www.edweek.org/leadership/opinion-want-to-improve-learning-outcomes-give-students-more-time/2021/03
  11. When School is Back in Session, Where Will We Begin? – A novel approach to the question, When school is back in session, where will we begin?
    June 22, 2020 – Thomas R. Guskey
    http://tguskey.com/when-school-is-back-in-session-where-will-we-begin/
  12. Lessons From the Pandemic That Can Improve Leading and Teaching – Video feedback, prioritizing student well-being, and deeper grade-band collaboration have proven promising, educators say.
    March 16, 2021 – EdWeek
    https://www.edweek.org/leadership/lessons-from-the-pandemic-that-can-improve-leading-and-teaching/2021/03
  13. As Districts Reopen For In-Person Learning, What Schools May Look Like Going Forward – With more and more districts reopening for in-person learning, when will schools reach a new normal — and what might it look like?
    March 22, 2021 – NPR
    https://www.npr.org/2021/03/22/980075522/as-districts-reopen-for-in-person-learning-what-schools-may-look-like-going-forw
  14. How School Districts Plan to Spend $130 Billion in Federal Stimulus Money – Schools will soon receive an influx of federal funds. Special education training, technology improvements, and facilities upgrades are on the shopping list.
    April 05, 2021 – EdWeek
    https://www.edweek.org/leadership/how-districts-plan-to-spend-130-billion-in-federal-stimulus-money/2021/04
  15. Absenteeism Is the Wrong Student Engagement Metric to Use Right Now – In a post-pandemic era for school accountability, let’s focus on measuring what matters.
    April 09, 2021 – EdWeek
    https://www.edweek.org/policy-politics/opinion-absenteeism-is-the-wrong-student-engagement-metric-to-use-right-now/2021/04
  16. What’s the Best Way to Address Unfinished Learning? It’s Not Remediation, Study Says – A new study suggests acceleration may be a promising strategy for addressing unfinished learning in math after a pandemic year.
    May 24, 2021 – EdWeek
    https://www.edweek.org/teaching-learning/whats-the-best-way-to-address-unfinished-learning-its-not-remediation-study-says/2021/05
  17. Helping Students Bounce Back From a Disrupted Year: Strategies for Schools – Research from disasters and programs for immigrant students offers clues on how schools can help students get back on track after COVID-19.
    May 24, 2021 – EdWeek
    https://www.edweek.org/leadership/helping-students-bounce-back-from-a-disrupted-year-strategies-for-schools/2021/05

CDC Resources

  1. Operating Schools During COVID-19: In this update, the CDC offers updated considerations for mitigation strategies that K-12 school administrators can use to help protect students, teachers, and staff and slow the spread of COVID-19. These updated Considerations for Schools are intended to aid school administrators as they consider how to protect the health, safety, and wellbeing of students, teachers, staff, their families, and communities.
    Updated Sept. 1, 2020 – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – CDC CHILDCARE
    https://www.cdc.gov/CORONAVIRUS/2019-NCOV/COMMUNITY/SCHOOLS-CHILDCARE/SCHOOLS.HTML?CDC_AA_REFVAL=HTTPS%3A%2F%2FWWW.CDC.GOV%2FCORONAVIRUS%2F2019-NCOV%2FCOMMUNITY%2FSCHOOLS-CHILDCARE%2FGUIDANCE-FOR-SCHOOLS.HTML
  2. CDC’s Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools Through Phased Mitigation Facts Sheet
    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/community/schools-childcare/Operational-Strategy-for-K-12-Schools-through-Phased-Mitigation.pdf
  3. K-12 Schools Covid-19 Mitigation Toolkit
    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/FINAL-0321420_B_K-12_Mitigation_Toolkit508
  4. ED COVID-19 Handbook Volume 1: Strategies for Safely Reopening Elementary and Secondary Schools
    https://www2.ed.gov/documents/coronavirus/reopening.pdf
  5. CDC’s Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools Through Phased Mitigation
    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/operation-strategy.html
  6. Ventilation in Buildings
    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/ventilation.html
  7. ED COVID-19 Handbook VOL. II 
    https://www2.ed.gov/documents/coronavirus/reopening-2.pdf

Summer School '21

  1. Five Best Practices for Effective Summer School Programs
    May 3, 2017 – Edmentum
    https://blog.edmentum.com/five-best-practices-effective-summer-school-programs
  2. Can schools make summer programs more fun, effective by focusing on accelerated learning?
    April 7, 2021 – K-12 Dive
  3. Best Practices for Operating High Quality Summer Learning Programs: Report Offers Updated Guidance on Best Practices For Operating High-Quality Summer Learning Programs; Accompanying online toolkit provides hands-on resources for districts, community partners
    December 4, 2018 – Wallace Foundation
    https://www.wallacefoundation.org/news-and-media/press-releases/pages/best-practices-for-operating-high-quality-summer-learning-programs.aspx
  4. To catch students up, don’t remediate. Accelerate: To counteract the learning loss associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, one School of Education expert is urging schools to keep students working at grade level rather than repeating lessons they may have missed.
    May 6, 2021 – John Hopkins University 
    https://hub.jhu.edu/2021/05/06/accelerate-learning-to-bridge-covid-19-education-gaps/

  5. To help students recover from a pandemic school year, experts are prescribing fun.
    May 13, 2021- Vox
    https://www.vox.com/22425250/summer-school-2021-covid-pandemic-kids-education
  6. Counting on Summer School to CatchKids Up After a Disrupted Year
    May 26, 2021 – The Hechinger Report
    https://hechingerreport.org/counting-on-summer-school-to-catch-kids-up-after-a-disrupted-year/
  7. Miami Data Could Offer Dire Warning of ‘Unfinished Learning’ Nationwide, With 54% of District Students Testing Below Grade Level in Math
    May 25, 2021 – The 74 Million
    https://www.the74million.org/article/miami-data-could-offer-dire-warning-of-unfinished-learning-nationwide-with-54-of-district-students-testing-below-grade-level-in-math/