Leading Through COVID-19: How 5 Principals Confronted Infection in Their Schools
The number of coronavirus cases connected directly to schools has remained relatively low, but even one incident can disrupt normal school routines, setting in motion a cascade of actions that can tie up principals and their administrative staffs as they race to prevent a possible outbreak.
Those painstaking efforts divert principals’ attention away from their central mission of serving as instructional leaders.
Here are the stories of how five principals confronted the coronavirus when it came into their schools.
School & District Management 1,000 Students, No Social Distancing, and a Fight to Keep the Virus Out
A principal describes the "nightmare" job of keeping more than 1,000 people safe in the fast-moving pandemic.
School & District Management A School Leader Who Calls Her Own Shots on Battling the Coronavirus
A charter school founder uses her autonomy to move swiftly on everything from classroom shutdowns to remote schooling.
School & District Management A COVID-19 Lull Gives Way to ‘Borderline Insanity’
When the number of cases started to rise steeply, a school community hammered out a routine. Then a basketball player tested positive.
School & District Management Color-Coded Tracking Sheets and Swift Isolation: One Principal's COVID-19 Approach
In a sort of honor system, a principal relies on parents to flag COVID-19 infections at home. Then the staff swings into action.
School & District Management This Principal Knows How the Virus Can Upend a School. He Caught It Himself
Positive cases, contact tracing, and quarantines demand maximum flexibility.