SEL and Mental Health
As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, students can no longer easily receive support from counselors or school psychologists, which makes connecting them with appropriate mental health resources more challenging than ever. Learn how K-12 schools can take advantage of the support offered by teletherapy.
Fear and stress resulting from the outbreak of coronavirus can be overwhelming for the entire K-12 community. Regardless of current proximity to an outbreak, students may be overcome with many questions, fears, and anxieties, leaving teachers and parents to figure out how to support them while also managing their own emotions.
Technological solutions for improving access to mental health support for K-12 students during the COVID-19 outbreak and beyond
Given that K-12 students with preexisting mental health conditions are at increased risk for exacerbated symptoms during this stressful time, take the following steps to safeguard the well-being and safety of students.
Legal, Logistical, and Operations
Efficient and effective communication strategies for schools and districts to connect with families during COVID-19
To keep their school communities well-informed about the effects of theCOVID-19 crisis, school and district leadership must execute crisis communication basics with fidelity. EAB researchers outline three strategies below to help leadership execute those basics and equip families with the right information at the right time.
As the pressure for schools, employees, students, and parents to respond to COVID-19 increases, some reactions have legal implications. Here are five issues EAB thinks schools should consider while keeping their communities safe.
In every interaction, EAB asks School Heads to share messaging and communications lessons that we can broadcast to peers. Here are strategies that are rapidly becoming common practice, especially among independent schools.
District and school leaders are actively taking measures to prevent or contain the spread of the current pandemic. Here are a few considerations that district and school leaders should keep in mind while working to prevent and contain outbreaks in their schools.
With rapidly evolving recommendations for preventing the spread of COVID-19, heads of boarding schools are quickly making decisions going beyond those of the traditional K-12 institution. Read the expert insight for five action steps to keep in mind as boarding schools across the globe modify infrastructure and policies to help reduce the risk of infection.
Student Engagement and Community
In the week of March 16, EAB convened several virtual roundtables with 50+ independent school heads and CFOs, providing a forum for sharing perspectives and reality-checking responses to the unfolding pandemic. Here are the takeaways about their priorities and challenges.
Following the massive wave of school closures sweeping the globe due to the spread of coronavirus, school leaders worldwide are now embarking on the largest online distance learning experiment in history. Here are several online distance learning approaches from abroad that appear promising.
School systems in countries that have been severely impacted by COVID-19—such as China, Japan, and South Korea—have engaged in a massive experimentation in distance learning, providing U.S. schools some insight into what to anticipate when scaling digital learning.
Hear from one district three strategies with detailed guidance to accommodate teacher and student needs for online learning while keeping the network safe.
One director of technology provides guidance on the steps that CTOs can take to prepare, and how they can best support teachers, students, and families as they transition to online learning.
Teacher and Staff Workforce
School and district leaders are facing many difficult choices in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, especially when trying to balance the needs of their students with the health of the greater community. Read this insight for four short-term strategies to support teachers in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Equity and Wraparound Services
With schools across the country closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, district and school administrators are improvising plans to provide free meals to the 22 million children across the nation who rely on their school for daily nutrition.
Questions around special education services arise as districts announce plans to continue instruction from a distance. Will COVID-19 exacerbate existing inequities, or could it create a blueprint for equitable, distance-based learning in the future?
After hosting several virtual roundtables with K-12 district superintendents and assistant superintendents, here are the takeaways we gathered about superintendents’ priorities facing COVID-19 and the wins along the way.