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IT Management From Our Research Center Don't Buy 'Stupid Stuff:' Essential Advice for Technology Purchasing
School districts have more digital devices on their hands than ever before. Here's what they can do to get the biggest bang for their buck.
Mark Lieberman, July 20, 2021
8 min read
A worker passes public school buses parked at a depot in Manchester, N.H., Monday, April 27, 2020. New Hampshire public school children continue to be taught with remote learning, while buildings are closed to students through the end of the academic year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
In school districts across the country, buses sat idle through much of the past year. Some districts turned to bus drivers or other support staff to fill IT jobs.
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Recruitment & Retention Understaffed School District IT Departments Are a Big Problem. Here's One Way to Solve It
An Oregon district needed bilingual support staff to help Spanish-speaking families manage virtual learning. It didn't need to look far.
Alyson Klein, June 3, 2021
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Rycc Smith welcomes Montello Elementary School students as they board his bus outside the Lewiston, Maine school after the first day back in nearly a month on Jan. 21, 2021. The entire school district switched to all remote learning after an uptick in COVID-19 cases last month.
Bus driver Rycc Smith welcomes Montello Elementary School students as they board his bus in Lewiston, Maine, in January on their first day back to school after a month of remote learning.
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School & District Management Bus Driver Shortages Worsening for Many Districts as Schools Reopen
A perennial problem gets worse as districts across the country struggle to find enough drivers to get all their students back to school.
Dalia Faheid, May 19, 2021
6 min read
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Student Well-Being Opinion City Year CEO on Supporting Students Through the Pandemic
Rick Hess speaks with City Year CEO Jim Balfanz on how members serve as "student-success coaches," even amidst the pandemic.
Rick Hess, March 31, 2021
6 min read
Eric Griffith, 55, poses for a portrait in front of a school bus in Jacksonville, Fla. on Thursday, March 18, 2021. Griffith, who has been a school bus driver for 20 years, delivered meals and educational materials during the first couple months of the coronavirus pandemic when schools shifted to remote learning.
Eric Griffith has been a bus driver for Duval County schools in Jacksonville, Fla., for 20 years. He's been driving students all year and hopes to get his coronavirus vaccine soon.
Charlotte Kesl for Education Week
School Climate & Safety Audio Driving the School Bus, Waiting for a Vaccine
A veteran bus driver holds out hope he won't get COVID-19 while awaiting his first vaccination.
Catherine Gewertz, March 19, 2021
3 min read
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School & District Management School Workers May Get Early Shot at COVID-19 Vaccine. Will They Take It?
School and district leaders need to understand the reasons some educators are hesitant to get the vaccine and address them head-on.
Madeline Will, December 21, 2020
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Utah school teacher Emily Johnson protests with other teachers at the Utah State Capitol, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Salt Lake City. The Utah Board of Education has rejected multiple proposals requiring stricter precautions against the coronavirus as schools reopen across the state. The board voted 9-5 Thursday against a series of mandates, including one that would limit the number of students in a classroom if community spread spikes above the 5% reopening threshold set by the World Health Organization, the Deseret News reported.
Utah school teacher Emily Johnson protests at the Utah State Capitol in August. Utah is one of many states that have prioritized teachers and school employees in COVID-19 vaccine distribution plans, citing concerns about keeping schools open.
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Federal Include School Employees in Next Phase of Vaccinations, Federal Panel Recommends
School employees should be included among "frontline essential workers" in COVID-19 vaccine plans, a federal panel recommended Sunday.
Evie Blad, December 20, 2020
3 min read
Student Well-Being Video A New Role in A New Normal: The Return to School
The final video in a series of three, two school nurses return to school for the fall.
Brooke Saias, September 24, 2020
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Education Trump Administration Guidance Says School Staff Are 'Critical' Workers
The Department of Homeland Security's guidance, which is nonbinding, says teachers, cafeteria workers, mental health professionals, and others are "critical infrastructure workers" in schools.
Andrew Ujifusa, August 21, 2020
4 min read
People stand out on Park Square in Pittsfield, Mass. on Monday, June 15, 2020, in support of funding for education as part of a statewide "Day of Action" through the Massachusetts Teachers Association. Locals across the state held rallies or car caravans to bring awareness to the funding issues across the state to show solidarity among local unions and school districts.
People stand out on Park Square in Pittsfield, Mass. on Monday, June 15, 2020, in support of funding for education as part of a statewide "Day of Action" through the Massachusetts Teachers Association. Locals across the state held rallies or car caravans to bring awareness to the funding issues across the state to show solidarity among local unions and school districts.
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School & District Management Thousands of Educators Laid Off Already Due to COVID-19, and More Expected
The job losses in dozens of school districts so far reflect deep economic strain and mounting challenges for the 2020-21 academic year.
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Juvenal Landeros applies an antimicrobial coating to the interior of school buses in Austin, Texas. Extra cleaning and safety precautions aboard school buses to guard against coronavirus infection are among the challenges facing school transportation officials as they prepare to reopen for the 2020-21 academic year.
Juvenal Landeros applies an antimicrobial coating to the interior of school buses in Austin, Texas. Extra cleaning and safety precautions aboard school buses to guard against coronavirus infection are among the challenges facing school transportation officials as they prepare to reopen for the 2020-21 academic year.
Julia Robinson for Education Week
School & District Management Staffing Hard-to-Fill Bus-Driver Positions in a Pandemic
School transportation officials seek creative ways to keep their fleets staffed up while economics and health concerns make recruitment more challenging.
Evie Blad, July 8, 2020
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School & District Management Explainer Getting Kids to School: Tackling the COVID-19 Transportation Problem
Reducing ridership, "walking school buses," and staggered schedules are among the strategies districts are considering.
July 8, 2020
5 min read
Student Well-Being Video A New Role in a New Normal: Closing Down the Clinic
Second in a series of three videos, two school nurses return to school to close down their clinic for the year after being away since March.
Brooke Saias, July 2, 2020
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Student Well-Being Video A New Role in a New Normal: How Two School Nurses are Preparing for School Reopenings
First in a series of three videos, two school nurses process how their profession has been upended by the coronavirus pandemic.
Brooke Saias, June 29, 2020
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