School Climate & Safety Spotlight

Spotlight on Safe Reopening

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The Education Week Spotlight on Safe Reopening is a collection of articles hand-picked by our editors for their insights on how your district can strategically apply its funding; how schools can help students safely bounce back; partnerships you can establish with community members; and what educators should anticipate and consider next school year.

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Student Well-Being Cyberbullying, Mental Health, and Other School-Safety Takeaways for School Reopening
Student safety and wellness will still be an issue for school and district leaders even if they reopen remotely, as new federal data show.
Sarah D. Sparks, July 22, 2020
2 min read
East Hartford High School senior Sudeen Pryce, right, center, receives support from classmate Alexia Phipps, left, East Hartford High School Intervention Coordinator Mark Brown, second from left, and EMT Katrinna Greene, top right, of Manchester, as RN Kaylee Cruz of Bristol administers the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine to Pryce at a mass vaccination site at Pratt & Whitney Runway in East Hartford, Conn. on April 26, 2021.
High school senior Sudeen Pryce, center, receives the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine at a mass vaccination site in East Hartford, Conn.
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Education Funding Schools Can Use COVID-19 Relief Money for Vaccinations and Teacher Bonuses, Feds Say
The Education Department's latest guidance for coronavirus relief packages also says state lawmakers can't limit how districts use funds.
Andrew Ujifusa, May 26, 2021
3 min read
Lynette Faulkner, right, director at the Valencia Newcomer School, helps out new student Fernando Barron Escalante, 5, with his new iPad as he connects with classmates during remote learning on Sept. 2, 2020, in Phoenix.
Lynette Faulkner, right, director at the Valencia Newcomer School in Phoenix, Ariz., helps a new student connect with classmates for a remote lesson. Research on "newcomer schools" like this one can inform post-pandemic schooling practices now as students return to full-time learning, with many having experienced educational disruption, stress, and trauma not unlike that of many newly arrived immigrant students.
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Student Well-Being Helping Students Bounce Back From a Disrupted Year: Strategies for Schools
Research from disasters and programs for immigrant students offers clues on how schools can help students get back on track after COVID-19.
Sarah D. Sparks, May 24, 2021
7 min read
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School & District Management What's the Least Risky Hybrid Model to Bring Students Back to School?
There’s more than one way to bring students back to class, but research is not clear on which model can keep students and staff safest.
Sarah D. Sparks, March 11, 2021
6 min read
vocabulary word cloud of terms kids can use to describe what they're feeling, in particular bad feelings so they can get help.
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Student Well-Being From Our Research Center Mental Health Problems Loom for the COVID Generation. Here's What Schools Can Do
Schools were struggling to meet students' mental health needs before the pandemic disrupted classes. Now those needs have ballooned.
Arianna Prothero, May 24, 2021
10 min read
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School Climate & Safety Opinion 5 Things to Expect When Schools Return to In-Person Learning
Many schools are just coming back to in-person learning. There are five issues all school communities should anticipate when that happens.
Matt Fleming, April 26, 2021
5 min read
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School & District Management Opinion School Reopening Requires More Than Just Following the Science
Educators can only “follow the science” so far. Professional expertise matters too, writes Susan Moore Johnson.
Susan Moore Johnson, March 25, 2021
5 min read
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