COVID-19

K-12 State Reopening Plans

StateHas the state released plans or guidance to reopen K12 schools?Has the state released recommendations/guidance on school calendars?Has the state released guidance/recommendations to support students? Has the state released guidance/recommendations to support staff?Has the state released guidance/recommendations on how to maintain safety and sanitation standards and prevent/react to the spread of COVID-19?
AlabamaReleased: Roadmap to Reopening Schools, ALSDE, June 2020. The Roadmap is a guidance document based on evidence and expertise meant to be part of a continuum of school decision making. No specific guidance found.Yes, the state requires districts to revise student IEPs and support schools to incorporate accommodations for students with IEPs. The state recommends schools inventory existing intervention programs and services, establish online training for parents, connect with public libraries and others who offer free access to Wi-Fi, and inventory internet access options for each student. No specific guidance found.Yes, the state requires school-based custodial and infection control staff implement recommended cleaning guidelines issued by OSHA.
AlaskaIn Progress: Smart Start Framework, DOE and Health Services, June 2020. A restart and re-entry framework guidance for K-12 schools. No specific guidance found.No specific guidance found.No specific guidance found.No specific guidance found.
ArizonaReleased: Roadmap for Reopening Schools, DOE, June 2020. Includes a series of recommendations for LEAs to prepare for re-entry into the 2020-2021 school year.No specific guidance found.Yes, the state recommends online resources to support distance learning, online tutoring and interventions support, social and emotional learning and trauma-sensitive supports.Yes, the state recommends ongoing professional learning, technical assistance, and mental health support.Yes, the state recommends student and family counseling, mental health services and community-based school health services. Ongoing enhanced cleaning and sanitation, PPE, meal services and contingency planning for future COVID-19 closures.
ArkansasReleased: Arkansas Ready for Learning: Planning for Re-Engagement, DOE, June 16th, 2020. The Back-to-School Playbook (April 2020) is a resource to help schools address "unfinished learning" during the pandemic. No specific guidance found.Yes, districts should create a plan to support unfinished learning, ensure districts are engaging in intentional curriculum planning, assess the effectiveness and sustainability of digital and online tools, provide additional programs, tools, or materials to support students' needs, identify and remove barriers to serving student needs, and reallocate resources where needed to meet student needs.Yes, schools should create work and duty schedules consistent with ADH guidelines, survey teachers about their needs for professional development around COVID-19, and orient all school staff through virtual office hours. Yes, districts should implement health screening protocols, plan for a blended learning model, develop busing guidelines, provide updated training to custodial and facilities staff, and implement ongoing facility access control.
CaliforniaReleased: Stronger Together: A Guidebook for the Safe Reopening of California's Public Schools, DOE, June 2020.Yes, the instructional schedule model options include: (1) two-day rotation blended learning model, (2) A/B week blended learning model, (3) looping structure, or (4) early/late staggered schedules. LEAs can choose to implement another schedule pending DOE approval. Yes, reopening plans must be inclusive of the needs of diverse learners in regards to health and safety policies and academic needs. Initial screening/diagnostic assessments and formative assessments/progress monitoring to identify student learning needs.Yes, LEAs should implement a quality professional learning system for a positive transition to the new instructional program model; provide trainings on secondary traumatic stress and self-care; use restorative circles. Yes, LEAs should designate a COVID-19 coordinator. Appendix A lists the CDE Health and Safety Checklist with resources.
ColoradoIn Progress: DOE has released a draft framework and toolkit for school and district leaders updated as of June 22nd, 2020. No specific guidance found.No specific guidance found.Yes, the state recommends stipends for staff to build instructional planning infrastructure. Yes, state guidance provides a decision tree when considering school reopening and how to provide ongoing health monitoring of students and staff.
ConnecticutReleased: Adapt, Advance, Achieve: Connecticut’s Plan to Learn and Grow Together, CSDE, June 29th, 2020. This guidance document is meant to help LEAs plan for on-site instruction during the 2020-21 school year.Yes, LEAs should plan to have all students return to in-person instruction at the beginning of 2020-21. LEAs must be prepared to modify their plans to support partial reopening or scaling back at a future date if the public health data changes.Yes, LEAs should emphasize efforts to support equity, close the opportunity gap, and provide a wide range of support to students. LEAs should identify gaps and develop action plans that address inclusion, equity, and access for all learners with strategies and clearly defined action steps. LEAs should develop temporary support options for students who continue remote learning home.Yes, LEAs are required to prioritize mandatory training for staff that cover signs and symptoms of COVID-19, Standard Public Health protocols, Hygiene Practices, PPE, Reporting Illnesses, and supporting SEL. LEAs should also plan to provide professional development related to use of technology platforms, supporting and giving feedback to students, the accessibility needs of students with disabilities, and on effective student engagement within online/hybrid learning environments. The CSDE will be issuing further guidance related to Educator Evaluation and Support Plans for the 2020–2021 school year.Yes, districts should emphasize health and safety guidance protocols and infections mitigation strategies including: maximizing social distancing, increased hand hygiene, face coverings and enhanced cleaning. Districts should develop robust monitoring and containment protocols.
DelawareReleased: Returning to School: Planning a Safe, Efficient, and Equitable Return ti School for Students and Staff, DOE, July 2020. Yes, the DOE details three general scenarios to guide LEAs: (1) minimal community spread where schools are open for in-person instruction, (2) minimal-to moderate community spread where schools may use a hybrid model of instruction, and (3) significant community spread where there is no on-site instruction, only remote learning. As of July 2020, schools are likely to reopen for the 2020-21 school year.Yes, LEAs should monitor school community mental health, offer expanded access to resources, implement a mental health screening for all students, and maintain mental supports through on-going wellness assessments. Schools should monitor and assess student access and materials, attendance, grading and credits, and postsecondary considerations. Yes, LEAs should monitor school community mental health, offer expanded access to resources, and maintain mental supports through on-going wellness assessments. LEAs should support schools to sustain professional learning structures and create plans for intentional professional learning and participation in professional learning communities.Yes, staff and students grades 4-12 must wear face coverings in the school building, students grades P-3 should wear face coverings. Districts and schools should ensure access to hygiene and sanitation supplies, maximize social distancing, and support health status monitoring through health screening protocols.
D.C.Released: Recommendations to the Re-Open DC Advisory Group, Education and Childcare Committee, May 21st, 2020. The OSSE released the Health and Safety Guidance for Schools: COVID-19 Recovery Period on July 6th, 2020. Yes, the city recommends coordinating with multiple sectors (citywide interdependency) to determine best practices for transportation, instruction, and in general, streamlining a number of the city's services. Yes, the city recommends a focus on trauma-responsive engagement, structures, practices and supports for all students. Yes, the city recommends an ongoing development opportunities and forums. Staff should be educated on COVID-19 prevention and response protocols. Yes, the city recommends the centralized procurement and distribution of PPE and cleaning supplies for all public schools. The city provides guidelines on prevention and response, including: communications, vaccines and health forms, physical social distancing, daily health screenings, face coverings, hygiene, cleaning and sanitization processes, and exposure reporting.
FloridaIn Progress: The state has released a set of considerations for Spring, Summer, and Fall of 2020. Yes, Commissioner Corcoran ordered schools to open five days a week. No specific guidance found.No specific guidance found.No specific guidance found.
GeorgiaReleased: Georgia's Path To Recovery For K-12 Schools, DOE and Dept. of Public Health, June 2020. No specific guidance found.Yes, the state provides recommendations, based on level of spread, to support student learning in a completely remote, hybrid, or traditional instruction setting.Yes, the state has released multiple virtual professional development sessions for teachers that includes providing support diverse learners, synchronous vs. asynchronous learning, etc. Yes, the state has provided recommendations based on level of spread, that includes hygiene and sanitation practices, accommodating the needs of vulnerable student and staff populations, and face coverings.
HawaiiReleased: Guidance for Reopening Schools, DOE, Effective July 2020. Includes recommendations on instruction, health and sanitation, and transportation. All recommendations are predicated on the level of spread of COVID-19. Yes, the DOE has committed to begin school on Aug. 4 with a mix of in-person and distance learning.No specific guidance found.No specific guidance found.Yes, the state recommends frequent cleaning and sanitation of schools and buses.
IdahoReleased: Idaho Back to School Framework 2020, the Office of the Governor, DOE and IDHW, July 9th, 2020. The framework provides expectations, guidelines and best practices for the 2020-21 school year. Yes, Governor Little has said the state is prioritizing on-site instruction. LEAs should still consider A/B schedules and hybrid instructional models to implement. Yes, districts should implement standard operating procedures for assessments, develop a plan for assessing blended and remote learning modalities, ensure equitable access to resources for all students, provide instructional support to parents for virtual learning, allow for individualization in work completion, and establish targeted interventions and supports.Yes, districts should identify staff needs for professional development and develop these trainings for staff. Districts should also development telework policies. Yes, districts should coordinate with local health officials to develop prevention and mitigation plans, implement standard operating procedures, and conduct deep cleaning of schools prior to students/staff returning and during weekends or school breaks.
IllinoisReleased: Starting the 2021 School Year Part 3 - Transition Joint Guide, ISBE and IDPH, June 23rd, 2020. This document is Part Three of the Transition Advisory Workgroup’s recommendations for transitioning to in-person instruction.Yes, districts may consider amending school calendars to include earlier start dates so the first term can be completed by the end of November. Districts can also establish a Calendar Committee to discuss potential calendars. Yes, the state recommends schools implement virtual vertical grade-level articulation to support student transitions, develop plans to address student learning loss, and revise instructional best practices for maintaining social distancing. Blended Remote Learning Plans must address the unique needs of students with disabilities. In-person instruction should be prioritized for English Learners and schools should provide language support to help students and families access resources for remote instruction. Schools and districts should provide students with the technology devices and internet access necessary to participate in remote learning. Districts should develop student mental health and counseling plans.Yes, districts should consider providing staff training recognizing the diversity of the population, developing staff mental health and counseling plans, training on offering social-emotional supports, sponsoring new teacher mentorship programs, provide options for asynchronous/synchronous professional learning by creating/utilizing existing online options and forms of completion for credit hours.Yes, districts should encourage increased hand hygiene and ensure availability of supplies. Districts must develop social distancing procedures, sanitation procedures and symptom screenings. Face coverings must be worn at all times in school buildings.
IndianaReleased: Re-Entry Guidance, Indiana's Considerations for Learning and Safe Schools (IN-CLASS). The guidance urges school districts to work closely with other community partners to develop reopening plans.Yes, districts are to plan for a 180-day year of instruction and build contingencies for in-person, online, and hybrid instruction. Yes, the state recommends in-person instruction for student in elementary school, while increasing distance between students in secondary grades. districts should also consider student need when deciding to use in-person or remote learning.Yes, the state recommends districts plan and schedule relevant professional development for staff including delivering remote-learning, providing remediation, and trauma-informed practices. The state published Re-entry Resources on the DOE website to support educators and school leaders in July 2020. Yes, the state recommends training staff to recognize the signs of COVDI-19 along with other recommendations to prevent the spread and react if an outbreak occurs.
IowaReleased: Return-to-Learn Guidance and Support Document, DOE, May 8th, 2020. The documents establish guidelines for districts to submit Return-to-Learn applications to the DOE. Yes, schools are allowed to start the fall semester early, prior to Aug. 23.Yes, all school systems must have a plan to provide continuous learning, hybrid learning, and on-site learning. No specific guidance found.No specific guidance found.
KansasReleased: Navigating Change: Kansas Guide to Learning and School Safety Operations, DOE, July 13th, 2020. The Kansas Board of Education approved the guidelines for reopening schools in the fall. The recommendations will be sent to school districts for them to create their own reopening plans.Yes, districts may choose to implement a (1) on-site learning environment, (2) hybrid learning environment, or (3) remote learning environment. Districts may consider adopting an alternate calendar for the school year and have multiple calendars ready for several scenarios. Districts are encouraged to consider alternating schedules, including half days, block scheduling, alternating days, and other hybrid models for on-site instruction.Yes, the state includes guidance broken down by grade band on: access and equity, competencies, assessments, grading considerations, personalized learning, blended learning, and cooperative learning. Yes, districts should develop plans with protective measures and accomodations for staff members with underlying conditions or risk factors.Yes, districts and schools should implement daily temperature checks for staff members, adopt social distancing policies, and implement heightened cleaning procedures. The state recommends masks for visitors, staff and students, especially where social distancing cannot be maintained.
KentuckyReleased: Initial Guidance for Schools and Districts document, DOE, May 15th, 2020.Districts are advised to consider early and/or late starts. No specific guidance found.Yes: training to support the reopening of schools on "Healthy at Work" policies, cleaning procedures, proper use of PPE, and protocols for reporting on the mental and physical students. Yes, schools and districts should identify a "Healthy at Work" officer to liaise with local health officials and establish a communications plan.
LouisianaReleased: Strong Start 2020 Planning Guide, DOE, May 22nd, 2020. The DOE also released the Strong Start 2020 School Reopening Guidelines & Resources, updated on July 15th, 2020. No specific guidance found.Yes, all school systems must have a plan to provide continuous learning. School system planning priorities include: addressing the needs of all students, developing workforce talent, establishing a plan for high-quality core academics, and conducting a compensatory education reviews of all students with disabilities.Yes, the state has issued guidance under three phases of reopening: phase 1 (max 10 students), phase 2 (max 25 students), and phase 3 (max 50 students). LEAs should plan for instruction in a traditional, hybrid or virtual setting. Yes, districts should implement policies and protocols to ensure healthy personal hygiene, intensify cleaning and disinfecting efforts, and ensure healthy food preparation and meal service.
MaineIn Progress: Working Draft: Framework for Returning to Classroom Instruction, DOE, July 21st, 2020.Yes, school systems should have three plans for the fall: (1) in-person instruction, (2) hybrid instruction, and (3) remote instruction. Yes, the state recommends a multi-tiered system of supports for social/emotional needs; for ensuring differentiation, IEP implementation, and equitable access for special populations; and a plan to equitable provide students with necessary materials and resources to support engagement in lessons. Yes, the state recommends staff are engaged in professional development over the summer in preparation for remote, in-person, and blended learning models; schools increase custodial staff; additional social work or counselor; and nurse or other staff trained by a nurse. Student to teacher ratio not to exceed 10:1.Yes, staff, families and students should be educated prior to re-entry including training for staff and webinars for students and families. Students and staff should determine their health status prior to going to school.
MarylandReleased: Maryland's Recovery Plan For Education, DOE, June 2020. The plan addresses processes and procedures to address the needs of all students, families, staff and school communities in the process of reopening schools.Yes, school systems will use the recovery plan to adjust and update the school calendar. Yes. Options for the fall: start earlier in the summer, extended days or nights, facility usage scheduling. One-Day Rotations each week. Two-Day Rotation each week. A/B Weekly rotation. Elem. face-to-face and Sec. distance education. Lastly, Grade band phase-in to all face-to-face. Districts are updating the 2020-2021 school calendar. Yes, consider partnering with colleges/universities for classes and training for staff. Yes, assign a recovery leader to manage personnel training for opening, mental health, facilities, and transportation.
MassachusettsIn Progress: Initial Fall School Reopening Guidance, DESE, June 25th, 2020. This initial guidance prioritizes back to school in person, but districts are also required to plan for remote learning and a hybrid school model. No specific guidance found.Yes, district and school supports should address mental health, trauma and technology needs.Yes, district and school supports should address technology needs and training. Districts should plan for in-person, hybrid, and remote learning.Yes, educators, staff and students in grade 2 and above are required to wear face coverings, social distancing practices should be followed, and students should remain in the same cohort throughout the day.
MichiganReleased: Governor Whitmer signed an executive order which provide a structure to support all schools in Michigan as they plan for a return of P-12 education in the fall. Gov. Whitmer also released the MI Safe Schools: Michigan’s 2020-21 Return to School Roadmap, a comprehensive document to help districts plan for in-person learning in the fall. Yes, depending on the status of the MI Safe Start Plan, there are four scenarios for school opening in fall 2020: (1) schools do not open for in-person instruction and instruction is provided remotely (phases 1-3), (2) schools open for in-person instruction with stringent required safety protocols (Phase 4), (3) schools open for in-person instruction with moderate required safety protocols (phase 5), or (4) schools open for in-person instruction with minimal required safety protocols (phase 6). Yes, schools should implement a mental health screening for all students, establish a comprehensive crisis management plan, compile and regularly update comprehensive lists of wellness resources available to students, develop a district technology plan, activate hybrid learning programs, secure supports for students transitioning to postsecondary, and monitor and assess connectivity and access. Yes, districts should provide all staff with timely, responsive and ongoing training/professional development, compile and regularly update comprehensive lists of wellness resources available to staff, and provide resources for staff self-care, including resiliency strategies.Yes, districts should establish ongoing reporting protocols to evaluate physical and mental health status and designate a mental health liaison. Districts are required to implement strict and varying PPE and hygiene policies and develop health screenings.
MinnesotaReleased: 2020-21 Planning Guidance for Minnesota Public Schools, MDE, June 2020. Districts should consult this guide as plans for each of the three scenarios are developed.Yes, in partnership with Minnesota Department of Health and the Governor's Office, the MDE will announce which one of three models will be in the best interest of the health and safety of students and staff for the 2020-21 school year by July 27th: (1) in-person learning for all students, (2) hybrid-learning with strict social distancing, (3) distance learning only.Yes, the state recommends purposeful family engagement, trauma-informed care, restorative practices, mental health supports, and social and emotional learning. The state also provides guidance specifically for supporting American Indian students, English Learners, migrant students, students experiencing homelessness, and students with disabilities. Yes, the state recommends the provision of mental supports by activating school counselors, social workers, psychologists and nurses to develop individual and group supports; additional virtual professional development and support; training for substitute teachers. Yes, the state requires health practices outlined in the MDH 2020-21 Planning Guidance for schools be implemented by all MN public schools.
MississippiIn Progress: Considerations for Reopening Mississippi Schools: June-August 2020, DOE, June 8th, 2020. The document outlines a three-month timeline of strategies to consider as leaders plan for the start of the 2020-21 school year. Yes, the state identifies three different schedules districts can choose to implement: a traditional schedule, hybrid schedule (e.g. A/B days, elementary face-to-face and secondary distance learning, and elementary face-to-face and secondary A/B days), or virtual schedule.Yes, the state recommends districts implement a diagnostic screener for all students to assess grade-level readiness; provide real-time tech support; provide Wi-Fi access maps; and establish an academic hotline/email for support. Yes, the state recommends ongoing professional development on distance learning/engagements; set up web conferencing platforms and meet frequently with faculty/staff; establish a system for educators to collaborate; Yes, the state recommends districts develop plans for meal service and transportation with social distancing considerations; develop a daily screening process for all who enter buildings; communicate opening protocols to staff, families and students.
MissouriReleased: Pandemic Recovery Considerations: Re-Entry and Reopening of Schools, Missouri School Board Association, May 2020. DHSS and DESE released a document answering frequently asked questions about K-12 school reopening health-related guidance. No, the state has not and will not issue guidance on the school calendar. These decisions will be up to individual counties and districts. No specific guidance found.No specific guidance found.Yes, schools should develop a health screening for students, visitors and staff.
MontanaReleased: Reopening Montana Schools Guidance, OPI, July 2, 2020. The guidance is the result of recommendations from the Montana Learn 2020 and Montana Flex 2020 task forces.Yes, the state has proposed four scenarios for instruction: (1) buildings closed with all students remote learning, (2) mixed model of traditional and off-site learning, (3) mixed model of traditional and remote learning with increased number of students in schools buildings, or (4) near full capacity attendance and operations in a traditional setting, with remote learning for students not onsite. Yes, the state provides recommendations for each instruction model, including: technology tutorials for students and families, the provision of all necessary materials for remote learning, the development of consistent and equitable expectations/policies for late work, and encouraging teachers to provide families with options to individualize learning experiences for their students. Yes, the state provides recommendations for each instruction model, including: professional development, collaboration between leaders and educators, mentorship programs for new teachers, developing guidelines for synchronous and/or asynchronous delivery, and provide training/resources for educators on recovering from traumatic events. Yes, the state recommends schools develop cleaning and sanitation policies, inspect all building facilities, consult with local health departments to develop an approved meal service plan, and review current operating procedures.
NebraskaIn Progress: Teaching and Learning in the 2020-2021 School Year: An Introduction, DOE, updated on July 10, 2020. The Launch Nebraska website includes additional resources for districts and schools as they plan for the 2020-21 school year. No specific guidance found.Yes, schools should prioritize the social emotional wellbeing of students by providing intensive supports, focus on providing vulnerable students a strong foundation for instruction, implement high-quality instructional materials, and use assessments that are sensitive to subject and grade band. Yes, schools should organize teacher and principal professional learning, time, and resources to support their new needs. LEAs should implement system- and school-based professional learning sessions, collaborative learning, and run an improvement cycle focused on quality. No specific guidance found.
NevadaReleased: Nevada's Path Forward: Framework for a Safe, Efficient, and Equitable Return to School Buildings, DOE, June 9th, 2020. No specific guidance found.No specific guidance found.No specific guidance found.No specific guidance found.
New HampshireReleased: New Hampshire Grades K-12 Back-to-School Guidance, DOE, July 2020. The document is intended to provide districts with guidance for a physical reopening of New Hampshire's K-12 schools.Yes, while the state encourages plans that center a physical reopening, ultimately it is up to districts to make these decisions about reopening. Districts can choose to offer (1) in-person instruction, (2) hybrid instruction, or (3) remote instruction. Yes, districts and schools should promote activities that promote social emotional learning, develop plans for outreach strategies for vulnerable student populations and their families, establish relationships with community mental health professionals, and develop an integrated plan for reopening that addresses the needs of diverse learners and students with disabilities. Yes, districts should develop professional development on topics like social emotional learning and share information about mental health resources. Yes, face coverings are strongly encouraged for teachers while students should only have to wear them when they cannot maintian social distancing such as at bus stops, classroom entrances or in hallways. The state also provides guidance on proper hygiene protocols, school cleaning and disinfection practices and additional cleaning protocols.
New Jersey Released: The Road Back: Restart and Recovery Plan for Education, DOE, June 26th, 2020. Yes, Gov. Murphy announced that all ditricts must offer every student the choice to learn remotely. Districts have the flexibility to figure out how to fold that option into their reopening plans.Yes, schools should implement a multi-tiered system of supports for students, wraparound services including mental health, primary health, family engagement and mentoring programs, and include social emotional learning to re-engage and support students. Districts should prioritize the provision of technology to students. Yes, districts should provide professional learning for leaders and educators, with a critical focus on addressing the learning loss for the most vulnerable populations. Yes, schools and districts must allow for social distancing to the maximum extent possible, face coverings are required for visitors and staff, districts must adopt a policy for screening students and staff, and must adhere to required facilities cleaning practices.
New MexicoReleased: New Mexico Public Education Department Reentry Guidance, NPPED, June 23rd, 2020. This guidance supports the state's districts, charter schools and communities in determining their plans and strategies for reopening schools in 2020-2021.Yes, all schools in the state can begin the school year utilizing a hybrid model of instruction, not to exceed 50 percent capacity, beginning August 3rd, 2020. Yes, districts and schools should include curricula that teaches diversity and antiracism, build infrastructure that allows for screening, care and connectivity with wraparound services or partners, adopt social emotional learning curriculum, and remote learning resource integration. The state also provides guidance for supporting at-risk students: English Learners, students who are economically disadvantaged, Native American students, students with disabilities and highly mobile students. Yes, the state recommends partnering with educator preparation programs to change the scope of responsibility of student teachers to support virtual learning. Districts should provide professional learning to educators on designing equitable instruction, professional learning to administrators on supporting educators, and update their leave policies.Yes, all districts must screen staff daily, develop a plan for contact tracing, develop a rapid response testing program for staff and adhere to social distancing requirements. Face coverings are required for all students and staff except while eating, drinking and exercising.
New YorkIn Progress: Recovering, Rebuilding and Renewing: the Spirit of New York’s Schools Reopening Guidance, NYSED, July 17th, 2020. Yes, schools must create a comprehensive plan for a schedule that includes: (1) in-person instruction, (2) remote instruction, and (3) hybrid instruction. Plans should be clearly communicated with as much advanced notice as practicable to students, families/caregivers, and staff.Yes, districts should plan, develop and implement a Multi-Tiered System of Supports, including: social emotional learning, mental health and well-being supports. Districts are required to provide equitable instruction for all students, maintain continuity of learning, substantive daily interaction, and clear communication plans between parents and schools. Yes, districts and schools should provide instruction on using technology and IT support for educators and professional development for educators and leaders on designing effective online/remote learning experiences and best practices for instruction in online/remote settings. Yes, schools must develop plans to maximize social distancing, review cleaning and disinfecting procedures, require students and staff to wear face coverings, instruct students and staff in proper health hygiene, and develop health screenings per DOH guidance.
North CarolinaReleased: Lighting Our Way Forward: North Carolina's Guidebook for Reopening Public Schools, the SBE and NCDPI in consultation with the NCDHHS, June 11th, 2020. Governor Cooper announced on July 15th that schools will open for in-person instruction under an updated Plan B, with the requirements outlined in the Strong Schools NC Public Health Toolkit released on July 14th, 2020.Yes, Governor Cooper and NCDHHS Secretary Cohen announced on July 15th that schools will open for in-person instruction under an updated Plan B (moderate social distancing) beginning August 17th. Yes, schools are recommended to conduct a needs assessment, engage in resource mapping, and develop supports for re-entry in buildings. Schools should provide equity through Parallel Instructional Plans for Offline Options for students with limited connectivity. Yes, the state recommends schools offer professional learning increase educators' capacities to implement quality remote instructions. Schools should provide opportunities for educators to collaborate and share grade-level resources. Schools are required to provide staff with information on how to access mental health and wellness resources. Yes. Under Plan B, face coverings are required for all K-12 students and schools must implement enhanced social distancing measures and health and safety protocols.
North DakotaReleased: K-12 Smart Restart Guidance, DPI, May 2020. Includes a series of recommendations for schools and LEAs to prepare for the 2020-2021 school year. Yes, the NDK Department of Public Instruction released guidance for the 2020-2021 school calendar. The calendar is not yet official.Yes: online guidance on restart service to students with disabilities, social emotional learning tools and supports. Yes, the state is encouraging educators to seek professional development through the North Dakota Regional Education Association. The state also recommends that districts focus efforts on adult social emotional learning as well as mental health. Yes, the state includes guidance on intensifying cleaning, disinfecting, and limiting the sharing of classroom resources.
OhioReleased: The Reset and Restart Education Planning Guide for Ohio Schools and Districts, DOE, July 2, 2020. No specific guidance found.Yes, the state encourages schools to use locally available resources to support understanding of where students are, assess and address the needs for vulnerable youth, and identify high quality instructional materials. Yes, the state encourages schools to assess staff capacity, training for paraprofessionals comparable to classroom teachers, and provide formal, summer professional development for educators. Yes, the state recommends districts and schools teach students health and safety practices, provide training for employees, limit visitors, isolate students showing symptoms, and quarantine individuals diagnosed or exposed to COVID-19.
OklahomaReleased: DOE released Return To Learn Oklahoma Framework. Yes, the state is encouraging districts to adopt multiple calendars, traditional, distance, and blended learning, each of which accounting for any sort of health related disruption and the necessary 180 days of 1,800 hours of instruction.Yes, the state recommends creating a "return-to-learning" workgroup to evaluate the end of the 2019-2020 school year and determine how to best serve students when school begins again. The state is also urging districts to plan to support the social-emotional learning of students.Yes, the state suggests that districts should create an adaptive staff plan that includes outlining what functions are essential and what employees are needed to fill those needs. The state is also continuing to process emergency licensures. Yes, the state is recommending that districts develop a plan to do health screenings of all those entering buildings and to use the RAVE panic button, a no-cost, one-touch communication tool in case of emergency.
Oregon Released: Ready Schools, Safe Learners: Guidance for School Year 2020-21, Oregon DOE and Oregon Health Authority, June 10th, 2020.Yes, school calendars are determined at the local level. Calendar adjustments could include: earlier start date, longer winter/spring/other breaks, and a later end date. There are three instructional models for the 2020-21 school year: On-Site, Hybrid, and Comprehensive Distance Learning. Districts will select an instructional model to implement and must also plan for Short-Term Distance Learning in the event of an outbreak that may impact a classroom, school, or an entire district. Yes, districts are required to plan instructional models that support all learners in Comprehensive Distance Learning when On-Site instruction is not an option. Districts are recommended to secure partners and resources to respond to the basic needs of students and families and the needs of students and families to access online learning; provide differentiated learning opportunities; mitigate risks for immigrant students and families who may be undocumented; implement and offer continued support for programs and affinity groups that build on student strengths.Yes, the state recommends districts create healing and relationship-building norms, such as community and restorative circles (virtual or physically distanced), mindfulness, and social emotional learning activities; invest in differentiated learning opportunities and supports for staff; and invest in professional learning for all staff in culturally responsive-sustaining instruction, anti-bias and anti-racist teaching, and trauma-informed, healing processes. Yes, districts are required to maintain a prevention-oriented health services program for all students. Licensed, experienced health staff should be included on teams to determine district health service priorities.
PennsylvaniaReleased: Preliminary Guidance for Phased Reopening of Pre-K to 12 Schools in line with Gov. Wolf's phases of reopening the state (red, yellow, and green phases) and includes identifying a staff member as the "pandemic coordinator." Yes, districts are updating the 2020-2021 school calendar. Districts in counties that are in the yellow phase can choose to hold in-person classes starting July 1. Yes, the state will be using three phases to determine what type of instruction will occur in schools starting with complete remote/digital instruction to traditional in-person instruction; each phase accounting for type of instruction delivery, health and safety standards, and how to continue to provide meals for students.Yes, the state has released the Roadmap for Education Leaders to provide guidance on creating equitable school systems.Yes, each school entity must have Health and Safety plans approved by local governing boards before reopening and must submit them to the Department of Education. These plans must also be made available to the public. The state also released this Public Health Guidance.
Rhode IslandIn Progress: Reimagining RI Education: Reopening Plan Framework, DOE, working draft May 2020. The DOE also released the Health and Safety Guidance to Reopen Rhode Island’s Elementary and Secondary Schools on June 19th, 2020. Yes, the state released the Unified 2020-2021 Rhode Island School Calendar. All public schools will begin on August 31, 2020. No specific guidance found.No specific guidance found.Yes, the state has established requirements and guidelines for hygiene and sanitation procedures, health screenings for students and staff, PPE for school nurses, and face coverings.
South CarolinaIn Progress: DRAFT Guidance and Recommendations for 2020-21 School Year, AccelerateED Task Force, June 15th, 2020. Yes, according to guidance issued on July 17th, all South Carolina schools must offer the option for students to attend classes in person, though hybrid models are acceptable.Yes, the state recommends a multi-tiered system of supports for social/emotional needs: mental health crisis response teams, triage protocol, and district-level counseling/mental health resources. The state is also prioritizing expanding access to technology to address the digital divide.Yes, the state encourages districts to schedule time for teachers to engage in extended professional learning opportunities. This professional development should be specifically designed to help teachers meet the unique challenges of re-starting school in the fall.Yes, districts are required to release health protocol plans prior to the start of the school year and update during the school year.
South DakotaIn Progress: Starting Well 2020, DOE, July 13th, 2020. This document is designed to assist schools as they plan for the fall of the 2020-21 school year. No specific guidance found.No specific guidance found.Yes, the state has released Starting Well 2020: A Guide for Teachers to provide support for teachers as they plan for the 2020-21 school year. Yes, schools should use the COVID-19 Mitigation in Schools guidance and follow the Health Protocols for Schools developed by the Department of Health.
TennesseeReleased: Reopening Guidance, DOE, June 9th, 2020. Yes, the state encourages four different instructional models: (1) in-person instruction, (2) virtual and distance learning, (3) hybrid scheduling, or (4) cyclical or intermittent physical and virtual learning. Yes, the state released a series of toolkits to guide districts on how to best meet the social and emotional needs of students, address the digital divide, and ways to safely re-open early childhood programs.No specific guidance found.No specific guidance found.
TexasReleased: SY 20-21 Public Health Planning Guidance, TEA, July 7th, 2020. TEA also released an Overview of Remote Instruction Guidance for SY 20-21.Yes, schools must reopen for in-person instruction by four weeks into the school year. Schools can request waivers for four additional weeks of virtual instruction. Yes, the state recommends districts develop plans to implement either synchronous or asynchronous remote instruction. LEAs must provide a daily on-site learning option and all plans must be developed with contingencies in mind. LEAs should develop student progress monitoring processes and ensure the rigor and coherence of instructional materials across options. TEA is expected to release resources to re-engineer the school experience in the coming weeks, including Texas Home Learning 3.0 and Operation Connectivity. Yes, LEAs should build educator understanding and capacity to deliver instruction across multiple options. TEA is expected to release resources to re-engineer the school experience in the coming weeks, including Texas Home Learning 3.0, Educator Training and Support, and Strong Start Planning Tools. Yes, the state has established requirements for parental and public notices, practices to prevent the virus from entering schools, practices to respond to confirmed cases in schools, and both recommended and required practices to reduce the spread inside schools.
UtahReleased: Planning Requirements and Recommendations for K-12 School Reopening, SBE, June 26th, 2020. Governor Herbert approved the State Board of Education's plan for reopening schools. Yes, districts are updating the 2020-2021 school calendar, using the Board of Education recommendations. Districts must publish plans by August 1st that include the option for in-person instruction. No specific guidance found.No specific guidance found.Yes, districts and schools are required to develop protocols for implementing an increased cleaning and hygiene regimen, faculty and stuff are required to wear face coverings, and districts are required to provide cleaning and hygiene supplies.
Vermont Released: A Strong and Healthy Start: Hybrid Learning During the 2020-2021 School Year, Vermont Agency of Education, revised on July 15th, 2020.Yes, Governor Scott announced that schools will reopen for in-person instruction this fall. Yes, the state recommends schools coordinate families, school staff, and community and state resources to assess and assist in the psychological and emotional recovery of students. Schools should also establish clear, consistent and regular communication with students, families, and community members.Yes, the state recommends schools coordinate resources between families, school staff, community, and the state to assess and assist in the psychological and emotional recovery of staff. Schools should also establish clear, consistent, and regular communication with staff. Yes, the state requires daily health screenings, stay home when sick exclusion/inclusion policies, and facial coverings and PPE policies when physical distancing cannot be maintained while in the school building.
VirginiaReleased: Phased Guidance for Virginia Schools, Governor Northam, June 2020. Additionally, the DOE released Recover, Redesign, Restart 2020, a guiding document for Virginia school divisions, revised July 2020. Yes. Re-opening timeline options: (1) traditional summer programs reopen date, (2) fall on-time reopen date or early calendar start, or (3) fall late reopen date/extended out-of-school learning. Yes, school divisions should implement policies that provide for remote learning exceptions for students at higher risk of severe illness; focus on social emotional learning to re-engage students; proactively identify and prioritize acceleration needs for vulnerable learners; proactively identify and support students in need of mental health supports. Yes, school divisions should implement policies that provide for teleworking for staff at higher risk of severe illness and provide mental health supports and training for staff. Yes, the state recommends a variety of mitigation strategies, health screenings, generous sick and leave policies, and policies to accommodate students and staff who are safer at home.
WashingtonReleased: Reopening Washington Schools 2020-21 District Planning Guide, OSPI, June 2020. Yes, the state recommends districts that are unable to provide in-person instruction consistent with health and safety needs implement one of the following modes of instruction: (1) split/rotating schedules with continuous remote learning, (2) phased- in opening with continuous remote learning, or (3) continuous learning 2.0.Yes, the state encourages districts to create conditions for each student to be educated in racially literate, culturally sustaining, positive, and predictable environments that intentionally prioritize the instruction and development of social-emotional skills, and mental health. Yes, the state recommends that districts train teachers to provide students opportunities to reflect on and evaluate their own learning and plan/schedule relevant professional development for staff including delivering remote-learning, providing remediation, and trauma-informed practices.Yes, the state has provided health and safety guidance including: health screenings, mandatory face coverings in the K-12 setting, and training staff in health and safety protocols.
West VirginiaReleased: West Virginia School System Re-Entry & Recovery Guidance, DOE, June 2020. The DOE and DHHR also released the West Virginia Schools Re-entry Toolkit COVID-19 Guidance on July 8th, 2020. Yes, the state suggests three different schedule models: (1) four day school attendance and one day of remote learning (2) blended learning delivery models, or (3) full remote delivery.No specific guidance found.No specific guidance found.Yes, the state recommends LEAs consider: developing health protocols and health screenings, applying social distancing guidelines by student populations, and utilizing nurses to monitor the health of students and staff.
WisconsinReleased: Education Forward: Safely and Successfully Reopening Wisconsin Schools, Department of Public Instruction, June 22nd, 2020. Yes, the state suggests four different, but not exhaustive, schedule models: (1) four-day week, (2) two-day rotation, (3) A/B week rotation, or (4) elementary face-to-face and secondary virtual learning. Yes, districts should share resources with Early Learning partners and use partners as a resource to identify interventions and extensions for children and families; create a plan for continued instruction for youth placed in a delinquent institution.Yes, districts and schools should collaborate to provide professional learning for assessing student learning, to learn about curricular resources, best practices in Universal Design for Learning, social emotional learning, interventions and extensions to ensure high-quality instruction. Yes, the state recommends districts develop a continuum of strategies for implementation of physical distancing and create plans to limit spread of the virus. Schools should develop attendance policies and facial coverings and PPE policies.
WyomingReleased: Smart Start Guidance, DOE, July 1, 2020. They were allowed to hold in-person instruction prior to May 18th given the school submitted necessary documentation to the state.Yes, the state has identified three different tiered models to guide instruction: (I) Open - in-person classes and activities resume, as appropriate, (II) Hybrid - combination of in-person and adapted learning, and (III) Closed - school districts will follow provisions in the approved adapted learning plan. Yes, districts must be able to provide off-site instruction, provide high quality standards for all students, provide all specially designed instruction as indicated by student IEPs, and maintain technology accommodations.Yes, districts should provide professional development for teachers to support learning outside the classroom and train staff to understand distance learning. Yes, the state recommends schools develop a plan for arrivals, screening processes, separations, and policies for attaining and distributing PPE. Districts should maximize social distancing, enhance sanitation and cleaning measures, and inform students and families of requirements and protocols.