Resources to Help Schools Reopen Safely This Fall

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Local School District Plans Worth A Look At

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Private School Guidance


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Articles/Studies on Importance of Reopening

Academic Reasons to Reopen


Lost Wages: The COVID-19 Cost of School Closures World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 9246 »

“Azevedo, Joao Pedro; Hasan, Amer; Goldemberg, Diana; Iqbal, Syedah Aroob; Geven, Koen. 2020. Simulating the Potential Impacts of COVID-19 School Closures on Schooling and Learning Outcomes : A Set of Global Estimates. Policy Research Working Paper;No. 9284. World Bank, Washington, DC. © World Bank. »

The Effect of the H1N1 Pandemic on Learning: What to Expect with COVID-19 (Portugal) »

New York Times: “Research Shows Students Falling Months Behind During Virus Disruptions”, June 5, 2020 »

Brookings Institution: “The impact of COVID-19 on student achievement and what it may mean for educators”, May 27, 2020 »

Edweek: “5 Tips for Measuring and Responding to COVID-19 Learning Loss”, June 12, 2020 »

Wall Street Journal: “The Case for Reopening Schools”, July 13, 2020 »

McKinsey & Company: “COVID-19 and student learning in the United States: The hurt could last a lifetime”, June 1, 202 »0
*Estimates potential learning losses and achievement gaps based on various “return to in-class schooling” scenarios

NWEA, “The COVID-19 slide: What summer learning loss can tell us about the potential impact of school closures on student academic achievement,” April 2020 »

New York Times, “Reopening Schools Will Be a Huge Undertaking. It Must Be Done.”, July 10, 2020 »

Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health (UK), “Open letter from UK paediatricians about the return of children to schools,” June 17, 2020 »

Boston Globe, “One in five Boston public school children may be virtual dropouts”, May 23, 2020 »

EdSource, “LA Unified shows progress with distance learning but has challenge connecting elementary students,” April 6, 2020 »
*Another article about how virtual learning leaves a lot of students not attending school, with one-third of students in LA Unified failing to participate

McKinsey & Company, “Safely back to school after coronavirus closures”, April 29, 2020 »

Child Safety Reasons to Reopen


SAMHSA, “Intimate Partner Violence and Child Abuse Considerations During COVID-19” »

American Psychological Association, “How COVID-19 may increase domestic violence and child abuse,” April 8, 2020 »
*briefly mentions school resources for combatting child abuse are not available during school closures

Texas Council on Family Violence, “Understanding the Impact of Hurricane Harvey on Family Violence Survivors in Texas and Those Who Serve Them,” 2019 »
*often-cited study in articles about domestic and child abuse during COVID-19