COVID-19 not only impacted the end of the 2019-20 school year — it also will require extensive changes for the safe reopening of school in the fall. Leaders face variables they control and others outside of their control.
School leaders will need to prepare to turn their own dial throughout the school year while also responding to state guidance and executive orders.
During the summer, school leaders are to develop clear plans for the fall start of school based on new realities while remaining in communication with parents, students and the community on what to expect.
As with distance learning, this requires actively planning, regularly gathering input, adapting, and continually reaching out to inform.
Resources to Get Started
EDUCATION, STUDENTS AND STAFF
The Southwest Prairie and Southeast Metro Regional Centers of Excellence (RCEs) have issued a resource full of topics and considerations to address in educational planning, staffing and student engagement. They have completed sections on wrapping up the school year and summer school. Their discussion prompts can easily be applied to reopening in the fall. View the presentation
LEGAL AND POLICY
FINANCES AND COSTS
AASA and ASBO estimate costs at just under $500 per student for districts to adhere to CDC guidelines for monitoring and cleaning, safety protocols, PPE and transportation. ($1,778,139 for the national average school district of 3,659 students or $486 per student) View fact sheet.
These set the stage and parameters for all other guidance.
- One-page overview
CDC Guidelines PDF (Print and keep close.)
- Expanded web page version with links for more details on many topics
CDC Expanded Guidelines for Reopening Schools
- Short video (4 minutes) for staff and parents to provide overview of realities of re-opening school with COVID-19
Video by Education Week reporter Evie Blad
- Other considerations from the CDC
CDC Considerations for Schools (Updated May 19)
School districts and charter schools must adhere to the health requirements and recommendations in MDH Guidance for Schools and should consult MDE Planning Guidance for Minnesota Public Schools for 2020-21 as plans for each scenario are developed.
MREA developed extensive guides and resources to implement a new hybrid learning model with these key planning phases:
- Build New Master Schedules (with interactive worksheet)
- Implement and Operationalize
Stay connected to news and resources on reopening schools in Minnesota: mreavoice.org/reopeningschools