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.
Our interactive tool lets you see to what extent federal coronavirus emergency aid would mitigate state education budget cuts caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Depending on how much states cut their own funding in the face of a downturn, the billions approved by Congress so far may not be enough to avoid reductions in per-pupil spending.
With many school buildings closed for the rest of the academic year—and more to follow—district leaders turn their attention to making up for what may be deep learning losses.
Parents can be effective teachers, but they need the right kind of support from schools, write Heather C. Hill and Susanna Loeb.
Some advocates have urged charter schools to apply for small business assistance included in the CARES Act, the recently enacted $2 trillion coronavirus relief package.
Sharing moments of levity and hope from the education world amid the mass disruption of schooling and life from the coronavirus.
The two national teachers' unions and other prominent groups are seeking $175 billion for state K-12 budgets, $13 billion in dedicated aid for special education, and more to help schools deal with the coronavirus.
Rick Hess recently talked to Julia Rafal-Baer, the COO of Chiefs for Change, about how districts and systems are dealing with the challenges of coronavirus.
More than 658,000 students in the state now have access to Nearpod, an instructional platform that includes formative assessments.
Officials are concerned that the coronavirus crisis will hinder efforts to ensure a complete count on the U.S. Census, which is used to allocate billions of dollars of federal funding to schools.
The effort amounts to a low-cost alternative and readily accessible solution for schools that have been forced to develop and implement long-term online lesson plans on the fly.
The district is cracking down after an increase in privacy and security concerns around the popular videoconference platform.
Rick Hess recently talked with Carrie Conaway, Harvard lecturer and former Massachusetts state administrator, about the challenges coronavirus presents for state ed. departments.
The podcasts feature 11 educators who share their advice on coping with some of the challenges posed by the COVID-19-sparked school closure crisis.
With the COVID-19 pandemic, schools suddenly found themselves in crisis. They need to go virtual, and go virtual today! Here's what one principal learned in the process.
"States need time to establish both structures to evaluate student needs and processes to rapidly deploy these funds," two governors told U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos about CARES Act aid.
In this memorial, we remember some of the dedicated educators lost to their communities and to the field.
During the coronavirus crisis, it's more important than ever to support students experiencing adversity, writes Brittany R. Collins. Here’s how to do so in an online environment.
Schools across the country are evaluating their engagement with the videoconferencing tool, with decisions varying from banning its use to figuring out how to use it safely.
Virtual face time with teachers and classmates can be comforting for young children, experts say. Still, researchers caution against too much screen time.
Video Chats, Phone Calls, Postcards: Teachers Rebuild Connections With Students During Coronavirus Pandemic
Tasked with getting remote learning up and running, teachers also face another challenge—maintaining the student relationships they've worked all year to grow.
Sharing moments of levity from the education world amid the mass disruption of schooling and life from the coronavirus.
Very carefully, experts say, while understanding that federal laws governing special education were not written with online education in mind.
Rick Hess recently talked with the U.S. secretary of education about the federal response to the coronavirus and what she's doing at the Department of Education.
While schools are closed to coronavirus, districts are putting together a patchwork of lessons for students to do at home. But districts’ expectations for what students can accomplish at home vary widely, according to parents.
It's important to translate this period of waiting into action, writes New York City principal Lariely Sanchez.
Within three weeks, a pandemic has completely changed the national landscape on testing. The U.S. Department of Education has now excused all 50 states and the District of Columbia from the requirement that they test all their students in math and English/language arts.
Coronavirus has shut down schools across the country, forcing millions of students to learn at home. In this video, families from Seattle to Maine describe how they are adjusting to this new reality.
In some states, district administrators are pushing back against officials' demands that they reopen schools to serve as childcare centers.
Rick Hess recently reached out to Jal Mehta to get his take on how parents and teachers can cultivate deeper learning while scrambling to deal with worksheets, video connections, and the trevails of sheltering in place.
The FCC said in a statement that the "unprecedented circumstances" brought on by the COVID-19 outbreak merited the deadline extensions.
Schools are wrestling with how to handle grading in a remote learning environment when not all students have reliable access to teachers, online resources, and parents who can help them.
School districts are competing against each other for purchases of digital devices as remote learning expands to schools across the country.
Some state leaders fear cuts so deep next fiscal year that they're scrapping new initiatives and K-12 funding now.
Sharing moments of levity from the education world amid the mass disruption of schooling and life from the coronavirus.
The FCC said in a statement that the "unprecedented circumstances" brought on by the COVID-19 outbreak merited the deadline extensions.
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.
Rick Hess recently chatted with Robin Lake about CRPE's effort to track district responses to school closures in real time.
Virtual charters represent an imperfect model for the kind of remote learning school districts should be providing during school shutdowns, some experts argue.
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.
How can you keep occupational or speech therapy going online? Schools struggle to figure that out.
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.
Larry Ferlazzo shares "7 Tips for Remote Teaching" in a new Education Week video.
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.
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.
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.
There's a difference, writes online professor Natalie B. Milman. Here's what you should know about emergency remote teaching and learning.
Experts offer tactics to teachers on how they can tend to students’ SEL development a chaotic time and while learning from home.
The coronavirus closures are shaping a disruptive end to a tumultuous academic career for the Class of 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.
Here are tips for educators who are starting virtual read-aloud sessions for their students during school building closures.
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?
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?
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?
Straight Up on COVID-19: Former Supe Terry Grier on the Challenges of School Closures & Distance Learning
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.
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.
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.
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."
The measure fast-tracked through Congress and signed by President Donald Trump includes regulatory flexibility and money for
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.
The coronavirus crisis is a powerful opportunity to reassess public education, write John Bridgeland and Robert Balfanz.
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.
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 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.
President Donald Trump signed a roughly
It's one of the first philanthropy announcements related specifically to responding to educational concerns that have emerged as schools respond to the coronavirus.
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.
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.
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.
The massive relief package does not include new dedicated funding for the E-rate program, which some lawmakers and tech advocates had sought.
Four educators discuss the role of instructional coaching during school closures, including the importance of staying connected and supporting teachers' emotional health.
An unprecedented number of online interactions between teachers and students from their respective homes introduce new privacy questions that lack easy answers.
The momentum to raise teacher salaries in several states has ground to a halt amid fears of coronavirus’ massive economic blow.
Homeschooling isn't a decision to be taken on lightly, but COVID-19 just changed the calculus, writes Michael Q. McShane.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dez-Ann Romain, a Brooklyn principal, is believed to be the first full-time, front-line educator to die from COVID-19.
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.
We must make sure our students' needs are met, and that they know they are safe, writes teacher Justin Minkel.
It's hard to keep the coronavirus crisis in perspective, especially when that perspective keeps shifting, writes New York City teacher Colin Lieu.
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.
School districts in Las Vegas, Sacramento, Calif., Fulton County, Ga., and other places have stopped paying their substitutes as school closures stretch on.
Several of the already existing restrictions on U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' authority to waive federal education law deal with school funding.
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.
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.
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 stimulus legislation would direct at least $15 billion to shore up K-12 budgets, $2 billion to support remote learning for students, and more.
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.
Social distancing is a civic duty, writes Jesús A. Tirado, but it can't be the extent of our political engagement during the pandemic.
Hundreds of buses could be used as mobile hotspots for remote learning with a particular focus on high-poverty and rural areas.
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.
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 coronavirus is a once-in-a-generation crisis that requires unprecedented measures to protect public health, including a financial safety net, writes John Bailey.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Four teachers offer specific suggestions for teaching English-language learners online, including by maintaining consistency and not overdoing it.
The Education Department says federal law should not be used to prevent schools from offering online learning to all students, including those with disabilities.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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?
Research suggests on average students don't learn as much online, particularly if they are already struggling, writes Susanna Loeb.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Instructors teaching remotely should think about how to be flexible and offer students multiple avenues to complete tasks.
Four educators share their plans and hopes as they deal with school closures, including keeping things simple and using online tools to engage students.
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.
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.
Service providers can now offer free Internet and other technologies to schools through Sept. 30, said the FCC.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The still-expanding initiative with public media addresses the growing need for all students to continue learning during the coronavirus pandemic.
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.
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.
Schools shut down by coronavirus is fundamentally changing the jobs of educators. Here's what 3 principals say their job looks like right now.
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.
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.
Reflecting on the new normal, Ohio educator Rebecca Simna writes, if teachers can make online learning as effective as the classroom, they've failed.
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?
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.
As districts grapple with shutdowns caused by the coronavirus, companies are developing new strategies for inbound inquiries, social-media messaging, and product development.
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.
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.
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 want clarity amid a patchwork of responses from the state and federal governments on coronavirus closures.
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 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.
Spring testing is being cancelled or delayed as the coronavirus closes tens of thousands of schools nationwide. EdWeek is tracking states' assessment plans.
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.
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.
The Supporting Students in Response to Coronavirus Act would provide mandatory funding to support K-12 as well as institutions of higher education.
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.
During the coronavirus crisis, education companies reaching out to overwhelmed districts need to behave with empathy and sensitivity.
Madam Secretary, it's time for you to waive the assessment requirements, everywhere and for everyone, writes Rick Hess.
President Donald Trump stepped up efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus by telling people to avoid coming to school.
Many are whipsawed by shutdown recommendations aimed at stemming the coronavirus, and the logistical and financial consequences of those actions.
It will take more than online tools to activate student learning during a school closure. Kate Ehrenfeld Gardoqui offers five sample assignments.
Whether it's cleaning facilities or communicating with the community, our survey shows wide variation in districts' capacity to respond to the coronavirus outbreak.
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?
To help ease the transition to remote instruction, educators have launched virtual professional learning communities to share resources, ask questions, and give advice.
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.
Here are the states that have shut down K-12 schools because of the coronavirus.
Coronavirus is disrupting every facet of American life, including millions of students who will be out of school for several weeks.
New York City schools have closed for a month, despite Mayor Bill de Blasio's concerns over an extended closure.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Administrators, educators, and students from around the country share how the pandemic feels in their districts.
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.
Student-teachers are grappling with uncertainty over housing, graduation requirements, and their ability to meet requirements for the edTPA licensing test.
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.
To get a handle on how schools are preparing and responding to coronavirus, EdWeek surveyed over 1,000 district and school leaders.
Students are understandably anxious about COVID-19. Teachers must address those fears in age-appropriate and educational ways, writes 4th grade teacher Ivy Higgins.
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.
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.
"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."
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.
Many district purchasing cycles are locked in, but vendors still face big uncertainties over the coming weeks and months.
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.
How likely are children to contract and spread the new strain of coronavirus? What steps should schools take to protect them?
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.
Uncertainty is a fact of life for ed-tech startup leaders, but the coronavirus is presenting entrepreneurs with unique challenges.
The popular event, originally scheduled to begin later this month, will be postponed until Sept. 29-Oct. 1.
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.
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.
A downloadable guide for district and school leaders if cases of coronavirus emerge in your communities.
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.
Northshore School District teachers, parents, and students practiced remote learning in advance of the district's closure for two weeks.
A running list of major education and ed-related conferences being called off because of coronavirus.
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.
6 steps for school leaders on how to respond if the virus emerges in your community.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
As the coronavirus spreads across the United States, teachers are put in the hard spot of educating students about prevention without scaring them.
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.
A downloadable guide for district and school leaders if cases of coronavirus emerge in your communities.
Here are key steps for district and school leaders to follow if coronavirus hits your community.
How are major education conferences, such as ASU GSV, AERA, and CoSN, dealing with the coronavirus? EdWeek offers a roundup of where things stand.
Coronavirus cases have now directly hit U.S. schools. Here’s what school leaders need to know right now about the virus.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Districts around the country are starting to mobilize emergency response plans in case coronavirus starts to spread in U.S. communities.
A CDC official said people "should ask your children’s schools about their plans for school dismissals or school closures."
Ed-tech companies viewing the spread of the coronavirus are bracing for the scarcity of components made in China where many factories are shuttered.
Schools and tech companies in the U.S. and abroad have experience deploying virtual learning should a coronavirus emergency arise.
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.
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.