| Updated: April 1, 2020

Coronavirus and Schools

The coronavirus pandemic has upended America's K-12 education system, as most schools in every state close their doors for extended periods to combat the spread of the virus. Here, find the most relevant news, information, and resources on how schools are being impacted.



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Coronavirus and School Closures

Track where schools are closed because of coronavirus. Includes downloadable data.






Fierce Debate as DeVos Weighs Schools' Obligations to Students With Disabilities

Fierce Debate as DeVos Weighs Schools' Obligations to Students With Disabilities

March 31, 2020

Amid coronavirus-related school closures, advocates worry Education Secretary Betsy DeVos may waive requirements of special education law if Congress signs off. Schools say it's difficult to meet some requirements during the pandemic.




Opinion

Straight Up on COVID-19: CRPE Chief Robin Lake on 82 Districts' Responses to School Closures

April 1, 2020

Rick Hess recently chatted with Robin Lake about CRPE's effort to track district responses to school closures in real time.




For Better or Worse, Coronavirus Puts Cyber Charters in the Spotlight

For Better or Worse, Coronavirus Puts Cyber Charters in the Spotlight

March 31, 2020

Virtual charters represent an imperfect model for the kind of remote learning school districts should be providing during school shutdowns, some experts argue.




Teachers Spring Into Action to Help Medical Workers During Coronavirus Pandemic

Teachers Spring Into Action to Help Medical Workers During Coronavirus Pandemic

March 31, 2020

Teams of teachers used their schools’ 3-D printers to make medical face shields and rounded up hand sanitizer and latex gloves to donate to local hospitals, clinics, and senior care facilities.




As Schools Close to Coronavirus, Special Educators Turn to Tele-Therapy

As Schools Close to Coronavirus, Special Educators Turn to Tele-Therapy

March 31, 2020

How can you keep occupational or speech therapy going online? Schools struggle to figure that out.




Student-Teachers in Limbo During School Shutdowns. Here's How States Can Help

Student-Teachers in Limbo During School Shutdowns. Here's How States Can Help

March 31, 2020

Teacher-preparation programs are rushing to figure out how to support teacher-candidates while still meeting state requirements, which are starting to be revised in some places.





Opinion

7 Tips for Remote Teaching

March 31, 2020

Larry Ferlazzo shares "7 Tips for Remote Teaching" in a new Education Week video.






What Obama's Stimulus Had for Education That the Coronavirus Package Doesn't

What Obama's Stimulus Had for Education That the Coronavirus Package Doesn't

March 31, 2020

The CARES Act includes less aid to help K-12 address coronavirus than the 2009 stimulus provided to schools to cope with the Great Recession. But it has something else many educators might appreciate.




Opinion

Straight Up on COVID-19: Iconic Great City Schools Chief Mike Casserly on the Urban Response

March 31, 2020

Rick Hess recently talked to Mike Casserly, executive director of the Council of the Great City Schools, about how big-city schools are dealing with the coronavirus.




How Much Will the Massive Economic Stimulus Truly Benefit Ed Tech?

March 30, 2020

Because the economic rescue package will be used to cover so many district needs, the law will likely fall short in addressing many ed-tech priorities, a pair of advocates predict.




This Is Emergency Remote Teaching, Not Just Online Teaching
Opinion

This Is Emergency Remote Teaching, Not Just Online Teaching

March 30, 2020

There's a difference, writes online professor Natalie B. Milman. Here's what you should know about emergency remote teaching and learning.




How to Teach Social-Emotional Learning When Students Aren't in School

How to Teach Social-Emotional Learning When Students Aren't in School

March 30, 2020

Experts offer tactics to teachers on how they can tend to students’ SEL development a chaotic time and while learning from home.




The Lost Senior Year: Credits, Proms, Sports All in Jeopardy

March 30, 2020

The coronavirus closures are shaping a disruptive end to a tumultuous academic career for the Class of 2020.




During Coronavirus Crisis, Districts That Hire Teachers Online Have the Edge

During Coronavirus Crisis, Districts That Hire Teachers Online Have the Edge

March 30, 2020

Districts that can screen, interview, and select candidates virtually will have less disruption to their hiring, despite how coronavirus is upending every aspect of school operations.




Reading to Students Online Provides a Sense of Normalcy, Teachers Say

March 30, 2020

Here are tips for educators who are starting virtual read-aloud sessions for their students during school building closures.




What Coronavirus-Stricken Schools Want From the Feds Next: Online Learning Help

What Coronavirus-Stricken Schools Want From the Feds Next: Online Learning Help

March 30, 2020

One of the biggest pieces of unfinished business for education groups when it comes to federal help for the coronavirus is connectivity and online learning. But what's the state of play?




Virtual Education Dilemma: Scheduled Classroom Instruction vs. Anytime Learning

Virtual Education Dilemma: Scheduled Classroom Instruction vs. Anytime Learning

March 30, 2020

K-12 teachers are faced with a question many likely thought they'd never have to ask: How often during the school day do my students need to see me and when?




Opinion

Too Much, Too Quick? The New Educational World of Covid-19

March 30, 2020

During this time of COVID-19, many educators are offering parents a plethora of resources. But would everyone be better off if educators offered fewer resources?




Opinion

Straight Up on COVID-19: Former Supe Terry Grier on the Challenges of School Closures & Distance Learning

March 30, 2020

Rick Hess recently asked Terry Grier, who spent decades as a highly regarded superintendent in Houston, San Diego, and elsewhere, about what he's seeing and can share about the response to the coronavirus.




Opinion

Teacher Reflections on the School Closure Emergency

March 28, 2020

Four teachers share their reflections and practical advice on dealing with the school closure emergency, including trying to avoid multitasking and suggesting our students need more love than they need curriculum.




E-Learning Overload: 8 Tips Educators Can Give Frustrated, Anxious Parents

March 27, 2020

Many parents are having to take on a variety of new roles, from playing IT help desk to becoming makeshift teaching assistants to supervising recess.




DeVos Proposes 'Microgrants' for Students, Teachers During School Closures

DeVos Proposes 'Microgrants' for Students, Teachers During School Closures

March 27, 2020

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said such grants could help teachers with online learning as well as disadvantaged students in places where school systems have "simply shut down."




Schools Get $13.5 Billion in Coronavirus Package Signed Into Law

Schools Get $13.5 Billion in Coronavirus Package Signed Into Law

March 27, 2020

The measure fast-tracked through Congress and signed by President Donald Trump includes regulatory flexibility and money for K-12, but states and local officials already say more is needed.




Here's What the Coronavirus Stimulus Bill Means for K-12 Education

March 27, 2020

The massive aid package aimed at helping the nation cope with the coronavirus pandemic includes both funding and regulatory flexibility focused specifically on schools and students.




COVID-19 Is Exposing the Gaps in Our Education System. Let's Start Fixing Them
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COVID-19 Is Exposing the Gaps in Our Education System. Let's Start Fixing Them

March 27, 2020

The coronavirus crisis is a powerful opportunity to reassess public education, write John Bridgeland and Robert Balfanz.




The Scramble to Move America's Schools Online

The Scramble to Move America's Schools Online

March 27, 2020

Already in crisis mode, K-12 schools must now figure out how to educate tens of millions of children stuck at home due to the coronavirus pandemic.




Will Learning Gaps Deepen as Schools Stay Closed?

Will Learning Gaps Deepen as Schools Stay Closed?

March 27, 2020

Not every parent can step in as teachers when schools are closed. Not every school can teach remotely. Educational disparities are opening up as schools shut down.




States E-Learning Directives Pivot for the Long Haul

States' E-Learning Directives Pivot for the Long Haul

March 27, 2020

States are adjusting the policies and strategies designed for short- term remote instruction—like snow day plans—to support students for the rest of the school year.




What the Coronavirus Aid Bill Trump Signed Does for Education, in One Chart

What the Coronavirus Aid Bill Trump Signed Does for Education, in One Chart

March 27, 2020

President Donald Trump signed a roughly $2 trillion coronavirus aid package that includes billions to help school budgets, but falls short of what many in the education community say students and educators will need.




Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Grants Aim to Help Students Amid Coronavirus Closures

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Grants Aim to Help Students Amid Coronavirus Closures

March 27, 2020

It's one of the first philanthropy announcements related specifically to responding to educational concerns that have emerged as schools respond to the coronavirus.




New Rule Lets Parents Pick Up Free Meals for Children During Coronavirus Closures

New Rule Lets Parents Pick Up Free Meals for Children During Coronavirus Closures

March 27, 2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a simple change to make it easier to serve free meals during mass school closures sparked by the coronavirus pandemic.




What Spending in Schools Looks Like During the Coronavirus

What Spending in Schools Looks Like During the Coronavirus

March 27, 2020

Spending on technology, cleaning supplies, and overtime pay for some staff has skyrocketed for many districts, while there have been some modest savings on substitute teachers and transportation.




Opinion

Building a 'Sense of Community' Online Among Teachers & Students

March 27, 2020

Four educators review strategies they've been applying in distance learning, including using "advisories" to build a sense of community and focusing on a small number of innovative tech tools.






Federal Lawmakers’ Rescue Package Includes Money for Remote Learning, Other K-12 Needs

March 27, 2020

The massive relief package does not include new dedicated funding for the E-rate program, which some lawmakers and tech advocates had sought.






Opinion

Instructional Coaching During the Coronavirus Crisis

March 27, 2020

Four educators discuss the role of instructional coaching during school closures, including the importance of staying connected and supporting teachers' emotional health.






Massive Shift to Remote Learning Prompts Big Data Privacy Concerns

Massive Shift to Remote Learning Prompts Big Data Privacy Concerns

March 26, 2020

An unprecedented number of online interactions between teachers and students from their respective homes introduce new privacy questions that lack easy answers.




How Coronavirus Is Jeopardizing Teacher Pay Raises

How Coronavirus Is Jeopardizing Teacher Pay Raises

March 26, 2020

The momentum to raise teacher salaries in several states has ground to a halt amid fears of coronavirus’ massive economic blow.




Lessons From a Homeschooling Researcher: What You Should Know Now
Opinion

Lessons From a Homeschooling Researcher: What You Should Know Now

March 26, 2020

Homeschooling isn't a decision to be taken on lightly, but COVID-19 just changed the calculus, writes Michael Q. McShane.




Opinion

Straight Up on COVID-19: Sal Khan on Teaching 40 Million Kids at Home

March 26, 2020

As schools across the country closed, Khan Academy, with the support of Bank of America, pushed to create daily learning schedules for students age 4-18 and expand access to its online resources for millions.






Opinion

How to Find Resilience During This Difficult Time

March 26, 2020

The coronavirus has created a time of great stress. In this guest blog, Nancy Willard describes some ways to build resilience and get through this crisis in a more positive way.






Opinion

Assisting Students With Unique Needs as Schools Close Down

March 26, 2020

Four educators consider how to provide inclusive learning opportunities during the school closure crisis, including by keeping IEP goals in mind and by keeping things simple.






Senate Passes Coronavirus Bill With $13.5 Billion for Schools, DeVos Waiver Power

Senate Passes Coronavirus Bill With $13.5 Billion for Schools, DeVos Waiver Power

March 25, 2020

The bipartisan coronavirus Senate bill also has $3.5 billion for child-care grants and $750 million for Head Start, but does not have dedicated funding to help students connect to the internet.




Flood of Online Learning Resources Overwhelms Teachers

Flood of Online Learning Resources Overwhelms Teachers

March 25, 2020

As the coronavirus forces schools across the country to transition to remote learning, teachers are advised to stick to familiar educational resources, not unusual or unexpected ones.




Teachers in Limbo as Districts Rush to Boot Up Online Learning

Teachers in Limbo as Districts Rush to Boot Up Online Learning

March 25, 2020

While districts work through the challenges of getting remote instruction to all amid the coronavirus shutdown, teachers in many places plan, reach out to students, and wait.




Groups Urge DeVos to Pause Title IX Rulemaking as Schools Face Coronavirus

March 25, 2020

Advocacy and education groups urge a pause in efforts to rewrite regulations on responding to sexual harassment and sexual assault in K-12 schools, colleges, and universities as the nation confronts the coronavirus pandemic.






5 Things District Leaders Should Brace for During a Recession

5 Things District Leaders Should Brace for During a Recession

March 25, 2020

As the economy widely shuts down to stop the spread of coronavirus, a school finance scholar advises district leaders on what to prepare for in a coming recession.




SOS: Coronavirus Fallout Leads Some Ed-Tech Nonprofits to Seek Donations for Surge in Demand

March 25, 2020

The sudden influx of thousands of new users is squeezing some ed-tech nonprofits' ability to deliver their services, prompting them to ask for more funding.






Opinion

The Do's & Don'ts of a Quick Switch to Remote Learning

March 25, 2020

Two educators who had to switch quickly to remote learning share their recommendations, including keeping in mind that parents are feeling overwhelmed and that we are teaching students, not the curriculum.






Bright Star Principal, 36, Dies From Coronavirus

'Bright Star' Principal, 36, Dies From Coronavirus

March 24, 2020

Dez-Ann Romain, a Brooklyn principal, is believed to be the first full-time, front-line educator to die from COVID-19.




Coronavirus Fears Lead School Districts to Halt or Make Changes to Children's Food Services

Coronavirus Fears Lead School Districts to Halt or Make Changes to Children's Food Services

March 24, 2020

Education Week has identified at least 15 school districts, serving more than 250,000 students combined, that have either suspended or altered their meal distribution programs due to coronavirus-related concerns.




What Our Children Need Most From Us Right Now
Opinion

What Our Children Need Most From Us Right Now

March 24, 2020

We must make sure our students' needs are met, and that they know they are safe, writes teacher Justin Minkel.




A Teacher's Diary of a Week of School Closure
Opinion

A Teacher's Diary of a Week of School Closure

March 24, 2020

It's hard to keep the coronavirus crisis in perspective, especially when that perspective keeps shifting, writes New York City teacher Colin Lieu.




Idled High School Students Aren't Getting Much Homework Yet, Survey Finds

March 24, 2020

While parents say they aren't seeing students doing much homework, a new survey finds, they are optimistic their schools will re-open by fall.






Many Substitute Teachers Are Going Without Pay During School Closures

Many Substitute Teachers Are Going Without Pay During School Closures

March 24, 2020

School districts in Las Vegas, Sacramento, Calif., Fulton County, Ga., and other places have stopped paying their substitutes as school closures stretch on.




How Does Current Law Limit Betsy DeVos' Power to Waive Education Mandates?

How Does Current Law Limit Betsy DeVos' Power to Waive Education Mandates?

March 24, 2020

Several of the already existing restrictions on U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' authority to waive federal education law deal with school funding.




Being the Superintendent in the Coronavirus Crisis

'Know and Trust Your Judgment': Being the Superintendent in the Coronavirus Crisis

March 24, 2020

Three superintendents share the challenges and successes they've encountered as they oversee a radical re-orienting of their school systems to respond to the coronavirus crisis.




AERA Virtual Conference Off: 'The Situation Changed in Ways Unimaginable'

March 24, 2020

The nation's largest education research association calls off a virtual meeting that was intended to take the place of its long-running in-person conference.






Opinion

Supporting Multilingual Learners 'Through the Storm' of COVID-19

March 24, 2020

Three educators of multilingual students share their strategies to manage the transition to online learning, including using translation apps to communicate with parents and maintaining a sense of community with their classes.






House Coronavirus Bill Would Direct Billions to Schools, Fund Remote Learning

House Coronavirus Bill Would Direct Billions to Schools, Fund Remote Learning

March 23, 2020

House coronavirus stimulus legislation would direct at least $15 billion to shore up K-12 budgets, $2 billion to support remote learning for students, and more.




Trump, Asked About Timelines, Says School Closures Up to the Governors

Trump, Asked About Timelines, Says School Closures 'Up to the Governors'

March 23, 2020

Asked about states' decisions to close schools in response to the coronavirus, President Donald Trump said Monday that in some states, "schools are going to be open." He spoke after a second state, Virginia, extended its closures for the rest of the academic year.




Now Is No Time for Spectator Democracy
Opinion

Now Is No Time for Spectator Democracy

March 23, 2020

Social distancing is a civic duty, writes Jesús A. Tirado, but it can't be the extent of our political engagement during the pandemic.




S.C. to Send Wi-Fi Enabled School Buses Around State for Online Learning

S.C. to Send Wi-Fi Enabled School Buses Around State for Online Learning

March 23, 2020

Hundreds of buses could be used as mobile hotspots for remote learning with a particular focus on high-poverty and rural areas.




Students Petition Colleges for SAT and ACT Flexibility Due to Coronavirus

March 23, 2020

Worried that coronavirus testing disruptions will harm their college applications, a coalition of student groups is calling on colleges and universities to accept applications without SAT or ACT scores when application season starts up again next fall.






New Warnings on Screen Time, as Students Nationwide Move to E-Learning

March 23, 2020

As millions of students nationwide start to settle into virtual learning programs to slow the spread of the coronavirus, a massive new research analysis sounds another note of caution about the effects of exposing significantly more screen time.






The Stimulus Package Will Help Families, But It Doesn't Go Far Enough
Opinion

The Stimulus Package Will Help Families, But It Doesn't Go Far Enough

March 23, 2020

The coronavirus is a once-in-a-generation crisis that requires unprecedented measures to protect public health, including a financial safety net, writes John Bailey.




What Remote Learning Looks Like During the Coronavirus Crisis
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What Remote Learning Looks Like During the Coronavirus Crisis

March 23, 2020

We asked parents, students, and educators to share what their home learning environments look like as nearly all schools are shut down for extended periods.




End the School Year With Capstone Projects, Teachers' Union President Says

End the School Year With Capstone Projects, Teachers' Union President Says

March 23, 2020

"We're holding out hope we can bring a sense of completion and finality to kids and families and end this unprecedented year on a positive note," American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten said.




Opinion

12 Critical Issues in Education Due to the Coronavirus

March 23, 2020

The past few weeks have been some of the most difficult most of us have experienced in a very long time. The coronavirus has highlighted some critical issues in education, and we are all trying to find solutions.






Education Organizations Expect to Take Economic Hit From COVID-19. But Ed Tech May Catch a Break

March 23, 2020

As schools across the world turn to virtual learning during the coronavirus, some ed-tech organizations believe they could fare well in the long term.






Opinion

What Is & Is Not Working as Educators Transition to Online Learning

March 23, 2020

Four educators talk about what is and is not working as they transition to online learning, including the importance of taking time to plan and recognizing inequities.






The Education World Wants a Coronavirus Stimulus. What Would Help the Most?

The Education World Wants a Coronavirus Stimulus. What Would Help the Most?

March 22, 2020

Pressure builds on Washington for stimulus aid to help schools weather the pandemic. Could distance learning, emotional support for students, and an education jobs fund for teachers get support?




Where Private Schools Stand on Coronavirus Closures

March 22, 2020

Some private schools in pockets of the country were not required to close until last week, and at least a few outliers remained open barring explicit orders to close.






Opinion

Ten Strategies for Teaching English-Language Learners Online

March 22, 2020

Four teachers offer specific suggestions for teaching English-language learners online, including by maintaining consistency and not overdoing it.






Amid Confusion, Feds Seek to Clarify Online Learning for Special Education Students

March 21, 2020

The Education Department says federal law should not be used to prevent schools from offering online learning to all students, including those with disabilities.






Opinion

Ways Educators Are Responding to School Closures

March 21, 2020

Five educators discuss ways to respond to the COVID-19 school shutdown crisis, including by listening, instead of talking, and by taking a step to "breathe."






DeVos Expected to Address State Testing at White House Briefing on Coronavirus

March 21, 2020

The education secretary is expected to speak at a White House coronavirus press briefing Sunday or Monday to discuss the cancellation of standardized testing for this school year.






Getting Paid During the Coronavirus Crisis: How a New Law Affects School Employees

Getting Paid During the Coronavirus Crisis: How a New Law Affects School Employees

March 20, 2020

Answers to how the new federal law on emergency paid leave affects teachers, administrators, staff, and other full- and part-time workers in America’s K-12 schools.




With Schools Shut Down, What Happens to Hiring?

With Schools Shut Down, What Happens to Hiring?

March 20, 2020

April is usually peak hiring season in districts, but the coronavirus pandemic is already disrupting how candidates are screened and could grind overall hiring to a halt.




When Schools Shut Down, We All Lose

When Schools Shut Down, We All Lose

March 20, 2020

Thanks to the coronavirus epidemic, America is facing a school shutdown of historic proportions, deepening learning divides among students and taking away the centers of communities. Can we ever make up the lost learning time?




How Effective Is Online Learning? What the Research Does and Doesn't Tells Us
Opinion

How Effective Is Online Learning? What the Research Does and Doesn't Tells Us

March 20, 2020

Research suggests on average students don't learn as much online, particularly if they are already struggling, writes Susanna Loeb.




Coronavirus Impact Puts Spotlight on States', Districts' 'Rainy Day' Funds

March 20, 2020

Already, states and districts are reaching into their piggy banks to spend on costs stemming from the coronavirus. A revenue downturn could make those accounts even more critical as a buffer.






FCC, Congress Weigh Overhaul of E-Rate to Fund Remote Learning

March 20, 2020

The Federal Communications Commission is engaging Congress to expand funding for in-home connectivity and devices for teachers and students grappling with the coronavirus crisis.






DeVos Announces Broad Waivers From Federal Testing Requirements as Schools Close for Coronavirus

DeVos Announces Broad Waivers From Federal Testing Requirements as Schools Close for Coronavirus

March 20, 2020

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos had come under increasing pressure to let states waive federal testing mandates given the mass school closures caused by the spread of the coronavirus.




School Food Service Directors Fear Children Will Go Hungry During Coronavirus Crisis

March 20, 2020

The federal government has granted waivers and passed legislation to make it easier for schools to serve meals to students during coronavirus-related school closures, but the nation's food service directors are still worried that children will go hungry, a new national survey finds.






Advanced Placement Testing Moves Online During Coronavirus Pandemic

March 20, 2020

The tests will be offered in 45-minute online exams, which students can take on one of two dates later this spring, the College Board announced on Friday.






Read This Guide to Meeting Students' Individual Needs With Remote Teaching

Read This Guide to Meeting Students' Individual Needs With Remote Teaching

March 20, 2020

Instructors teaching remotely should think about how to be flexible and offer students multiple avenues to complete tasks.




Opinion

Teachers Share Their Online-Teaching Plans

March 20, 2020

Four educators share their plans and hopes as they deal with school closures, including keeping things simple and using online tools to engage students.






Opinion

A Data Hound Weighs the Case for Canceling This Spring's State Tests

March 20, 2020

What would be the tradeoffs of canceling this spring's state tests? Rick Hess's friend and AEI colleague Nat Malkus has a few thoughts on that count that are well worth sharing.






How Does Coronavirus Affect Children? Here Are the Latest Findings

March 20, 2020

Children are less likely than adults to suffer severe symptoms from the new coronavirus, but it still affects them, according to the latest findings from Chinese researchers.






Feds Give E-Rate Applicants New Flexibility to Get Help From Vendors

March 19, 2020

Service providers can now offer free Internet and other technologies to schools through Sept. 30, said the FCC.






Paying School Employees During Prolonged Shutdowns Is a Major Dilemma

Paying School Employees During Prolonged Shutdowns Is a Major Dilemma

March 19, 2020

A measure signed by President Trump could provide some short-term relief to school employees, but districts are scrambling to keep people working and getting paid during indefinite closures.




Districts Brace for Crash in State K-12 Revenue Due to Coronavirus

Districts Brace for Crash in State K-12 Revenue Due to Coronavirus

March 19, 2020

The fiscal impact from the pandemic could threaten everything from teacher raises and new programs to long-term efforts to overhaul school aid formulas, funding analysts warn.




Senate Coronavirus Bill Would Give DeVos Sweeping Power to Waive Education Law

Senate Coronavirus Bill Would Give DeVos Sweeping Power to Waive Education Law

March 19, 2020

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act would give the education secretary the power to grant "national emergency educational waivers" from the Every Student Succeeds Act and other laws.




How Will Schools Provide Special Education During the Coronavirus Crisis?

How Will Schools Provide Special Education During the Coronavirus Crisis?

March 19, 2020

With the coronavirus pandemic pressing tens of thousands of the nation's school districts into extended closures, education administrators across the nation are wrestling with a complex and legalistic problem: how to keep services flowing for students with disabilities.




Rapid Deployment of Remote Learning: Lessons From 4 Districts

Rapid Deployment of Remote Learning: Lessons From 4 Districts

March 19, 2020

Chief technology officers are facing an unprecedented test of digital preparedness due to the coronavirus pandemic, struggling with shortfalls of available learning devices and huge Wi-Fi access challenges.




School Leaders: Here's What the Science Tells Us About Crisis Decisionmaking
Opinion

School Leaders: Here's What the Science Tells Us About Crisis Decisionmaking

March 19, 2020

Rather than get trapped by fear and anxiety over decisionmaking during the pandemic, school leaders should embrace what the research tells us, writes Yinying Wang.




School Districts in 7 States Getting Remote Learning Help From Public Television

March 19, 2020

The still-expanding initiative with public media addresses the growing need for all students to continue learning during the coronavirus pandemic.






Opinion

Strategies for Teaching Online in the Age of the Coronavirus

March 19, 2020

Four educators share how they are transitioning to online learning during the school closure crisis, including taking into account the importance of supporting students' social and emotional health.






Opinion

Advice for Education Providers Navigating Coronavirus

March 19, 2020

Last week I penned a caustic column decrying the number of pitches I've received from education providers since COVID-19 began to shutter schools, writes Rick Hess. Here's some advice on how they could do better.






'There Is No Guidebook': Being the Principal in the Age of Coronavirus

March 18, 2020

Schools shut down by coronavirus is fundamentally changing the jobs of educators. Here's what 3 principals say their job looks like right now.






DeVos Exploring Broad Waiver Authority for States to Help Deal With Coronavirus

DeVos Exploring Broad Waiver Authority for States to Help Deal With Coronavirus

March 18, 2020

As coronavirus-related school closures stretch on, state school chiefs have pressed for expedited waivers from federal testing requirements and further guidance on equity for students with disabilities.




Trump Signs Coronavirus Bill With Provisions on Paid Leave, Student Meals

Trump Signs Coronavirus Bill With Provisions on Paid Leave, Student Meals

March 18, 2020

Emergency coronavirus legislation that eases rules for meals schools provide to students, and provides certain leave benefits related to schools has been sent by Congress to President Trump for signature.




Teacher Confessional: A View of the Coronavirus From Cleveland
Opinion

Teacher Confessional: A View of the Coronavirus From Cleveland

March 18, 2020

Reflecting on the new normal, Ohio educator Rebecca Simna writes, if teachers can make online learning as effective as the classroom, they've failed.




Teachers Scramble to Make Remote Learning Work

Teachers Scramble to Make Remote Learning Work: 'It's Very Stressful'

March 18, 2020

Now that most states have closed schools in response to the coronavirus, many teachers face the same question: Can we create a classroom community virtually?




Trump Seeks Emergency Coronavirus School Funding

Trump Seeks Emergency Coronavirus School Funding

March 18, 2020

In the president's proposal, schools would get access to over $100 million in emergency funding to address the coronavirus. It's one of several plans to address the affects of the virus on education.




Education Businesses Revamping Strategies in New Coronavirus Reality

March 18, 2020

As districts grapple with shutdowns caused by the coronavirus, companies are developing new strategies for inbound inquiries, social-media messaging, and product development.






Kansas First State to Close Schools for Rest of School Year Due to Coronavirus

Kansas First State to Close Schools for Rest of School Year Due to Coronavirus

March 17, 2020

While Kansas was the first state to to announce school closures for the remainder of the 2019-20 K-12 school year, there are signs it might not be the last.




Coronavirus Compounds K-12 Cybersecurity Problems: 5 Areas to Watch

Coronavirus Compounds K-12 Cybersecurity Problems: 5 Areas to Watch

March 17, 2020

Cybersecurity experts have warned about coronavirus pandemic-related phishing scams targeting many sectors of the economy. Now, schools are being warned to be extra vigilant too.




Maintaining Ties When School Closes Is Critical to Preventing Dropouts

March 17, 2020

Students who were chronically absent or at risk of dropping out before the coronavirus outbreak are even more at risk now that schools are closed, experts say.






Superintendents to Trump Administration: Give Us Clear Direction on Closures

March 17, 2020

Superintendents want clarity amid a patchwork of responses from the state and federal governments on coronavirus closures.






I've Been Teaching Online for Years. Here's How to Prevent Burnout During a School Closure
Opinion

I've Been Teaching Online for Years. Here's How to Prevent Burnout During a School Closure

March 17, 2020

During the coronavirus pandemic, it can be a difficult adjustment to work from home. Online educator Kiesha Easley offers 5 strategies to protect your mental health.




English-Learners May Be Left Behind as Remote Learning Becomes New Normal

English-Learners May Be Left Behind as Remote Learning Becomes 'New Normal'

March 17, 2020

English-learners often lack access to technology at home, experts and educators say, and their teachers are less likely to assign them to use digital learning resources outside of class.




See Which States Have Cancelled Spring Tests Because of Coronavirus

See Which States Have Cancelled Spring Tests Because of Coronavirus

March 17, 2020

Spring testing is being cancelled or delayed as the coronavirus closes tens of thousands of schools nationwide. EdWeek is tracking states' assessment plans.




EdWeek Graphic: Visualizing the School Shutdown Wave

EdWeek Graphic: Visualizing the School Shutdown Wave

March 17, 2020

It can be hard to grasp the sheer scale of school closures across the country due to the coronavirus. Here's a visualization of the growing reaction over time.




Providing Child Care During Coronavirus School Closures a Tough Question

Providing Child Care During Coronavirus School Closures a Tough Question

March 17, 2020

State and district leaders grapple with the question of whether to provide child care for children of health-care workers and others, while also keeping everyone safe during the coronavirus outbreak.




Democrats Unveil $3 Billion Coronavirus Aid Package for Education

Democrats Unveil $3 Billion Coronavirus Aid Package for Education

March 17, 2020

The Supporting Students in Response to Coronavirus Act would provide mandatory funding to support K-12 as well as institutions of higher education.




Teaching Kids at Home During Coronavirus: Pro Tips From Homeschoolers

Teaching Kids at Home During Coronavirus: Pro Tips From Homeschoolers

March 17, 2020

How can parents make sure their kids are still learning, carve out time for their own work, discover their inner teacher, and stay sane? EdWeek turned to the foremost experts for their pro tips: Home schooling parents.




6 Things Districts Want From Education Companies During COVID-19

March 17, 2020

During the coronavirus crisis, education companies reaching out to overwhelmed districts need to behave with empathy and sensitivity.






Opinion

Secretary DeVos, It's Time to Scratch the 2020 State Tests

March 17, 2020

Madam Secretary, it's time for you to waive the assessment requirements, everywhere and for everyone, writes Rick Hess.






Trump Urges 'Schooling From Home' to Combat Coronavirus

Trump Urges 'Schooling From Home' to Combat Coronavirus

March 16, 2020

President Donald Trump stepped up efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus by telling people to avoid coming to school.




Superintendents on Hot Seat in Executing School Closures

Superintendents on Hot Seat in Executing School Closures

March 16, 2020

Many are whipsawed by shutdown recommendations aimed at stemming the coronavirus, and the logistical and financial consequences of those actions.




Superintendents on Hot Seat in Executing School Closures
Opinion

Remember, Online Learning Isn't the Only Way to Learn Remotely

March 16, 2020

It will take more than online tools to activate student learning during a school closure. Kate Ehrenfeld Gardoqui offers five sample assignments.




It's Not Just a 'Digital Divide': Survey Shows Variations in Districts' Coronavirus Response

March 16, 2020

Whether it's cleaning facilities or communicating with the community, our survey shows wide variation in districts' capacity to respond to the coronavirus outbreak.






Coronavirus Throws Spring Testing Into Disarray

Coronavirus Throws Spring Testing Into Disarray

March 16, 2020

As thousands of schools are shuttered nationwide to stem the spread of coronavirus, state leaders are wrestling with a dilemma: should they administer state tests or cancel them?




Teachers Share Resources for Teaching Online During Coronavirus School Closures

Teachers Share Resources for Teaching Online During School Closures

March 16, 2020

To help ease the transition to remote instruction, educators have launched virtual professional learning communities to share resources, ask questions, and give advice.




Opinion

Five Thoughts on the Coronavirus and Schools

March 16, 2020

The coronavirus has upended our lives. Now, I know nothing about epidemiology or public health, writes Rick Hess. But the impact on schooling has been enormous, and that is an area I know something about.






Which States Have Closed Schools for Coronavirus?

March 14, 2020

Here are the states that have shut down K-12 schools because of the coronavirus.




Out for Weeks: Schools and Students Amid Coronavirus
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Out for Weeks: Schools and Students Amid Coronavirus

March 15, 2020

Coronavirus is disrupting every facet of American life, including millions of students who will be out of school for several weeks.






School Closures for Coronavirus Could Extend to the End of School Year, Some Say

March 15, 2020

New York City schools have closed for a month, despite Mayor Bill de Blasio's concerns over an extended closure.





Coronavirus Might Upend State Laws on School Year's Length and Timing

March 15, 2020

The coronavirus could severely test state laws for how many days schools must be in session and when they must stop and start, and major consequences such as levels of education funding could hang in the balance.





Opinion

School Closures and COVID-19. Perhaps It's Time to Cancel High-Stakes Testing, Too?

March 15, 2020

Schools are cancelling, rates of COVID-19 are increasing right now, and it's time for schools to focus on online learning and calming the social-emotional issues of students. So, why do we still have to worry about high-stakes testing?






Millions Will Be Out of School for Weeks Due to Coronavirus. It May Not Be Long Enough

Millions Will Be Out of School for Weeks Due to Coronavirus. It May Not Be Long Enough

March 13, 2020

The scope of school shutdowns nationwide is unprecedented, but new federal guidance suggests two to three weeks may not be enough time to effectively drive down virus transmission.






Coronavirus Bill With Job Protections From School Closures, Relaxed Meal Rules Advances

March 14, 2020

The House passes legislation to make it easier for more students to access meals amid spread of COVID-19, and up to 12 weeks of job-protected leave for many workers if a child's school has been closed.





Four of Every 10 Districts Not Ready for Remote Learning During Coronavirus Outbreak, Survey Shows

March 14, 2020

Many school districts say they lack the ability to provide broad-based e-learning during the ongoing public-health crisis, according to a new Education Week Research Center survey.





Superintendent to Education Companies: Cool It With Coronavirus-Related Product Pitches

March 14, 2020

Highline Public Schools chief Susan Enfield's district is weighing how to provide print and online resources to students during the coronavirus outbreak, but she's heard enough from companies marketing their products.






Long School Closures Could Cost U.S. Billions, Cut Health-Care Capacity

March 13, 2020

If school closures extend a month or spread nationwide, it could cost the U.S. economy some $50 billion, says a new study by a pair of economists.





How COVID-19 Feels to Those in Schools: An Education Roundup
OPINION

How COVID-19 Feels to Those in Schools: An Education Roundup

March 13, 2020

Administrators, educators, and students from around the country share how the pandemic feels in their districts.







State Education Chiefs on the Coronavirus: What We Need to Know Now
OPINION

State Education Chiefs on the Coronavirus: What We Need to Know Now

March 13, 2020

With states closing schools around the country, state and district education leaders on the front lines are battling a range of challenges, writes Mike Magee, Chiefs for Change’s CEO.







What Happens to Student Teachers When Schools and Colleges Close Due to Coronavirus?

What Happens to Student Teachers When Schools and Colleges Close Due to Coronavirus?

March 13, 2020

Student-teachers are grappling with uncertainty over housing, graduation requirements, and their ability to meet requirements for the edTPA licensing test.







To Close or Not? How Superintendents Decide to Shut Down Schools

To Close or Not? How Superintendents Decide to Shut Down Schools

March 12, 2020

District leaders face a complex calculus in deciding whether to shutter schools to curb the spread of coronavirus. Here are some of the factors they must consider.








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National Survey Shows Schools Aren't Ready to Provide Remote Learning

March 12, 2020

To get a handle on how schools are preparing and responding to coronavirus, EdWeek surveyed over 1,000 district and school leaders.






My 5 Basic Rules for Talking to Young Students About Coronavirus
OPINION

My 5 Basic Rules for Talking to Young Students About Coronavirus

March 12, 2020

Students are understandably anxious about COVID-19. Teachers must address those fears in age-appropriate and educational ways, writes 4th grade teacher Ivy Higgins.







Absenteeism Driven by Virus Could Trip Up States on ESSA

Absenteeism Driven by Virus Could Trip Up States on ESSA

March 12, 2020

School and district closures as a result of the new coronavirus has thrown a big, unforeseen roadblock into efforts to drive down rates of student absences.







New Fodder for Social Media Hoaxes in School Communities: Coronavirus

March 12, 2020

As they struggle to prepare for the spread of the new coronavirus, some districts are also having to deal with pranksters putting out fake messages about school closings.





States Ordering Schools to Close in Response to Coronavirus

States Ordering Schools to Close in Response to Coronavirus

March 12, 2020

"We have a responsibility to save lives," Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said on Twitter. "We could have waited to close schools, but based on advice from health experts, this is the time to do it."







DeVos Issues Coronavirus Guidance to Schools on Testing, Privacy, Students With Disabilities

March 12, 2020

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos issues guidance addressing student data privacy, testing schedules, students with disabilities, and accountability under the Every Student Succeeds Act.





As Coronavirus Disrupts Schools, K-12 Vendors Face Balancing Act

March 12, 2020

Many district purchasing cycles are locked in, but vendors still face big uncertainties over the coming weeks and months.





How to Deploy School Nurses During Coronavirus

How to Deploy School Nurses During Coronavirus (If You Have Them)

March 11, 2020

School nurses are critical partners and advisers to school leaders who are managing responses to the coronavirus outbreak. Here are ways schools should deploy nurses, if they have them.







Children and Coronavirus: 4 Questions Answered

Children and Coronavirus: 4 Questions Answered

March 11, 2020

How likely are children to contract and spread the new strain of coronavirus? What steps should schools take to protect them?







Lawmakers Seek to Protect Access to School Meals Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Lawmakers Seek to Protect Access to School Meals Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

March 11, 2020

Members of Congress have introduced bills designed to ensure that students who rely on federally subsidized meals can still receive them amid school closures related to the outbreak of novel coronavirus.







OPINION

How One Ed-Tech Startup Is Approaching Operations Amid Swell of Coronavirus

March 11, 2020

Uncertainty is a fact of life for ed-tech startup leaders, but the coronavirus is presenting entrepreneurs with unique challenges.





ASU GSV Summit Postponed Until the Fall

March 11, 2020

The popular event, originally scheduled to begin later this month, will be postponed until Sept. 29-Oct. 1.





If Coronavirus Closes School, Who Gets Paid and How?

If Coronavirus Closes School, Who Gets Paid and How?

March 10, 2020

Sick leave. Paid time off. Sharing unused leave among employees. These are some of the biggest issues for districts to grapple with as they plan for shutting down schools in response to the coronavirus.







How Education Companies Are Adjusting to the Coronavirus Threat

March 10, 2020

While many education businesses say they've seen no immediate disruption in their business cycles, they say prolonged upheaval could affect product testing, onboarding, and overall strategy.







Responding to Coronavirus: A Downloadable Guide for Schools

March 3, 2020

A downloadable guide for district and school leaders if cases of coronavirus emerge in your communities.







Shut Down by Coronavirus, Schools Scramble to Feed Students

Shut Down by Coronavirus, Schools Scramble to Feed Students

March 9, 2020

A major dilemma for schools shutting down for coronavirus is how to keep providing meals to students who rely on them for their daily nutrition.







6 Lessons Learned About Remote Learning During the Coronavirus Outbreak

6 Lessons Learned About Remote Learning During the Coronavirus Outbreak

March 9, 2020

Northshore School District teachers, parents, and students practiced remote learning in advance of the district's closure for two weeks.







Coronavirus and Education Conferences: What's Canceled

Coronavirus and Education Conferences: What's Canceled

March 7, 2020

A running list of major education and ed-related conferences being called off because of coronavirus.







AERA Cancels In-Person Conference Due to Coronavirus. The Event Will Be Held Virtually

AERA Cancels In-Person Conference Due to Coronavirus. The Event Will Be Held Virtually

March 7, 2020

The world's largest education research group said it will work to convert much of the annual meeting into a virtual experience for attendees and presenters.








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Responding to Coronavirus: A 3-Minute Guide for Schools

March 6, 2020

6 steps for school leaders on how to respond if the virus emerges in your community.






Teaching About Coronavirus: 3 Lesson Plans for Science, Math, and Media Literacy

March 6, 2020

As the virus continues to spread, some teachers have made COVID-19 a focus of their lessons, in attempts to explain the facts and debunk rumors.







Many Districts Won't Be Ready for Remote Learning If Coronavirus Closes Schools

Many Districts Won't Be Ready for Remote Learning If Coronavirus Closes Schools

March 5, 2020

E-learning may help some schools keep instruction flowing but major gaps in access and resources mean not all schools are ready to offer virtual classes, and not all students are equipped to learn online.







What's at Stake When Schools Close for the Coronavirus? A Bioethicist Weighs In
OPINION

What's at Stake When Schools Close for the Coronavirus? A Bioethicist Weighs In

March 5, 2020

Public health decisions about COVID-19 shouldn't come at the expense of our poorest students and their parents, writes Johns Hopkins University's Ruth R. Faden.







Senators Press DeVos for Specifics on How Schools Should Handle Coronavirus?

Senators Press DeVos for Specifics on How Schools Should Handle Coronavirus

March 5, 2020

As communities around the country record new cases of coronavirus, schools are grappling with tough questions about how to respond, senators told U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.







Feds Warn Schools About Bullying Over Coronavirus

March 5, 2020

Coronavirus-related harassment and other mistreatment of students based on racial or ethnic stereotypes is "never justified," Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Kenneth L. Marcus told schools in a letter.







A Coronavirus Outreach Plan: 5 Steps for District Leaders
OPINION

A Coronavirus Outreach Plan: 5 Steps for District Leaders

March 4, 2020

When dealing with worried parents, consistent messaging must be an essential part of responding to the threat of COVID-19, writes Katie Test Davis.







Closing Schools Saved Lives During the Spanish Flu. Can It Work for Coronavirus?

Closing Schools Saved Lives During the Spanish Flu. Can It Work for Coronavirus?

March 4, 2020

Closing American schools earlier and for a longer period of time blunted the impact of the Spanish Flu in 1918, according to researchers. But in 2020, shuttering schools for a prolonged period to prevent spread of COVID-19 would also bring steep costs to communities.







How Teachers Are Talking to Students About the Coronavirus

March 3, 2020

As the coronavirus spreads across the United States, teachers are put in the hard spot of educating students about prevention without scaring them.







Schools Should Minimize Disruption Over Coronavirus, CDC Official Says

Schools Should 'Minimize Disruption' Over Coronavirus, CDC Official Says

March 3, 2020

In the face of the coronavirus, schools might need to change how they operate but should also resist significantly disrupting the lives of students and educators, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official tells U.S. senators.







Downloadable Guide

Responding to Coronavirus: A Downloadable Guide for Schools

March 3, 2020

A downloadable guide for district and school leaders if cases of coronavirus emerge in your communities.







How to Respond to Coronavirus: 6 Steps for Schools

How to Respond to Coronavirus: 6 Steps for Schools

March 2, 2020

Here are key steps for district and school leaders to follow if coronavirus hits your community.







How Education Conferences Are Grappling With the Coronavirus Threat

March 2, 2020

How are major education conferences, such as ASU GSV, AERA, and CoSN, dealing with the coronavirus? EdWeek offers a roundup of where things stand.







9 Things Educators Need to Know About Coronavirus

9 Things Educators Need to Know About Coronavirus

February 28, 2020

Coronavirus cases have now directly hit U.S. schools. Here’s what school leaders need to know right now about the virus.







Coronavirus Hits Schools: High School Student, School Employee Feared Infected

Coronavirus Hits Schools: High School Student, School Employee Feared Infected

February 29, 2020

A high school student in Washington state and a school employee in the Portland, Ore., area have tested "presumptive positive" for coronavirus, prompting shutdowns of their school buildings for disinfection.







School Districts Urged to Be Candid About Coronavirus Plans

School Districts Urged to Be Candid About Coronavirus Plans

February 28, 2020

The AASA, the School Superintendents Association, told districts to consider canceling overseas trips, teach proper hand-washing techniques, and be careful not to stigmatize students amid coronavirus concerns.







Coronavirus and School Closures: What Are the Legal, Logistical Issues?

February 28, 2020

Researchers and experts say states have authority to shut schools down if needed in case of a health emergency like a pandemic, but in the words of one, it’s “not like turning a light switch on or off.”







Japan to Close Schools Nationwide to Control Spread of Virus

Japan to Close Schools Nationwide to Control Spread of Virus

February 27, 2020

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe asked all elementary, middle, and high schools nationwide on Thursday to close until late March to help control the spread of the new virus in the country.







Are Schools Ready for Coronavirus? Trump Says They Should Be

Are Schools Ready for Coronavirus? Trump Says They Should Be

February 26, 2020

Districts around the country are starting to mobilize emergency response plans in case coronavirus starts to spread in U.S. communities.







Schools Should Prepare for Coronavirus Outbreaks, CDC Officials Warn

Schools Should Prepare for Coronavirus Outbreaks, CDC Officials Warn

February 25, 2020

A CDC official said people "should ask your children’s schools about their plans for school dismissals or school closures."







Education Companies Set Back by China’s Coronavirus Crisis

Education Companies Set Back by China’s Coronavirus Crisis

February 20, 2020

Ed-tech companies viewing the spread of the coronavirus are bracing for the scarcity of components made in China where many factories are shuttered.







If Coronavirus Gets Worse in the U.S., Online Learning Can Fill the Gaps

If Coronavirus Gets Worse in the U.S., Online Learning Can Fill the Gaps

February 14, 2020

Schools and tech companies in the U.S. and abroad have experience deploying virtual learning should a coronavirus emergency arise.







Teachers' Union Issues Coronavirus Recommendations for Schools, Calls on Feds to Do More

February 4, 2020

The head of the American Federation of Teachers is calling on the Trump Administration to provide educators and other groups of professionals who deal closely with the public more guidance on how to respond to the growing coronavirus threat.







Coronavirus: How Some Schools Are Responding

Coronavirus: How Some Schools Are Responding

January 29, 2020

So far, there are a handful of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States, but at least two schools have had scares. Some districts are stressing basic, but important prevention strategies, including frequent hand washing.