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eSchool + Initiative

The eSchool+ Initiative is a multi-disciplinary team examining how schools and districts are adapting to the COVID-19 school closures and reopenings. It includes expertise from the Johns Hopkins Consortium for School-Based Health Solutions, Berman Institute of Bioethics, School of Education, School of Medicine, and School of Public Health.

The eSchool+ Initiative is designed to bring issues of equity to the fore in the conversation of school closing and re-opening. The team has developed the following resources.

School Re-Opening Resources: Equity Checklist, White Paper on the Ethics of K-12 School Reopenings, Examples of School Recovery Policy Options and Guidance
School Closure Resources: Response Checklist, School Closures Tracker
News Digest
Webinar and Classes
Educational Programs

Click here to view a list of eSchool+ Initiative faculty and staff contributors.


Tracking State and National School Reopening Plans

This interactive state tracker curates school reopening plans by state, as well as guidance documents by non-governmental organizations, along six operational criteria: 1) Core Academics; 2) SARS CoV-2 Protection; 3) Before/After School Programs, including Athletics, Childcare, and Extracurriculars; 4) Building Access & Student Transportation; 5) School Health Services; and 6) Food and Nutrition, and six ethics and equity criteria 1) Parent Choice; 2) Teacher and Other School Personnel Choice; 3) Children with Special Needs/IEP/ESL/Gifted & Twice Exceptional; 4) Children of Poverty, Children of Color, Systematic Disadvantage (Low-Income Parents & Parents who are Essential Workers); 4) Privacy; and 6) Engagement and Transparency.

Click here to view the interactive school reopening tracker.


How K-12 Schools Should Prepare for Reopening During the 2020-21 Academic Year: An Equity Checklist:

This checklist compiles a list of important equity issues school leaders should consider when preparing for school reopenings. As schools look to reopening and recovery, it is once again students from disadvantaged groups who will bear the brunt of the burden. They will be returning to schools with fewer resources and poorer infrastructure. A critical step in addressing the equity issues posed by school reopenings is engaging stakeholders in ongoing conversations about what could and should be done to narrow the gap in impact of COVID-19 school closures and, at minimum, lessen the risks that these particularly hard-hit students will again suffer disproportionately as school returns. Without adequately addressing reopening issues for our most vulnerable students, we face the perpetuation of this inequity cycle, both during the 2020-21 academic year and beyond.

Click here to view the School Re-Opening Equity Checklist.


Ethics of K-12 School Reopening: Identifying and Addressing the Values at Stake:

The White Paper on the Ethics of K-12 School Reopening brings to attention many of the ethical issues that are at the crux of a safe and equitable return to school for all students, staff and parents. Building on the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics’ Ethics Framework for the COVID-19 Reopening Process, we frame school re-opening around four broad moral values—well-being, liberty, justice, and legitimacy—and how policies under consideration can promote or undermine these moral values. This document does not aim to analyze the ethics of specific policies. Rather it aims to put a spotlight on ethical issues using a structure that allows us to identify and outline the explicit trade-offs at stake, and help make decisions that take into account collective societal values. (Additional resources to assist decision makers in addressing the ethics of school reopening are described in the appendix.)

Click here to view the White Paper on the Ethics of K-12 School Reopening


Addressing Disparities in K-12 Education During the Pandemic: Examples of Policy Options and Guidance:

The eSchool+ Initiative compiled a list of school recovery policy options and guidance, organized by categories including academic achievement, physical/social emotional/mental health, food security etc.

Click here to view these examples of policy options and guidance for school reopenings.


 

School Closures Response Checklist:

This is an action-guiding tool with recommendations for aspects of whole child health that schools should consider as they develop contingency plans in five critical areas: 1) continuity of learning; 2) health; 3) food security; 4) supervision; and 5) housing/safety. This tool outlines the kinds of questions school and district teams should be thinking about as they discern how school closures are affecting students and how schools can play a part in continuing to meet students’ educational, physical, social, and emotional needs.

Click here to view the School Closures Response Checklist.


 

School Closures Tracker:

This tracker summarizes how different districts are responding to school closures, focusing on the five areas: 1) continuity of learning; 2) health; 3) food security; 4) supervision; and 5) housing/safety. Data is currently included for all Maryland public school districts as well as a sampling of other districts for California, Florida, Michigan, New York, and Washington DC. This tracker provides a snapshot for how different districts are responding to school closures. Data comes from publicly available sources, most commonly district websites. The tracker was last updated on June 5, 2020, and only contains information about actions the district is currently taking, not any previous policies.

Action Type Explanations
Continuity of Learning

Access to Technology: Content is this category is related to how the district is assessing and meeting the technological needs of students and families.

Pick-up Work Packets: This category describes where and when physical copies of instructional packets are available for students to pick-up.

Distribute Work Packets: This category describes processes by which instructional packets are provided directly to students, without the need for pick-up. This may include sending students home with materials, delivering packets by school bus, or mailing packets home.

Online Learning Resources: This category relates to learning packets or tools that are available online for families to download or use to support distance learning.

School-provided Supports: These are systems that the school has set up to answer questions, facilitate learning, or otherwise support families with distance learning.

Physical/Health Education: This category describes any activities related to physical education or health education that are provided to students as part of their instructional packet or as an online resource.

Resources for Special Needs/ English-Language Learners: These are resources or information about how schools and families can support special needs students or English-language learners throughout distance learning.

Teacher Resources: This includes information on how teachers are preparing and training for modified instruction as well as any resources the school provides to support teachers.

Other: This category is for any subtopic that does not fit into any of the current categories.

Food

Meal Pick-up (Schools): Information in this category has to do with locations and times when students can pick-up free meals from a school location.

Meal Pick-up (Community): Information in this category has to do with locations and times when students can pick-up free meals from a community location. (i.e. recreational center, church, fire station, etc.)

Meal Delivery: This includes options for students to have meals delivered to them at home.

Other: This category is for a subtopic that does not fit into any of the current categories.

Supervision

School-Provided Childcare: Any services that a school or district directly provides to watch or care for children during school closures.

Community-Provided Childcare: Any services available in the community to watch or care for children during school closures.

Other: This category is for a subtopic that does not fit into any of the current categories.

Health

Mental Health: This category describes any resources for mental health that are provided for students, staff, or families.

Medication/ Chronic Conditions: These include resources or information for students with chronic conditions or who typically take medication during the school day.

Preventive Health: This includes resources for how students can receive preventive healthcare, such as screenings, physicals, or vaccines.

COVID-19 Resources: This is anything the school has shared relating to COVID-19 information, health guidance, or coping strategies.

Special Needs/ Disability: These are resources or information for students with special needs or disability requirements who traditionally received support from the school.

Other: This category is for a subtopic that does not fit into any of the current categories.

Housing/Safety

School Resources: These are direct supports from the school for families facing eviction, homelessness, or unstable housing.

Community Resources: These are community organizations or resources for families facing eviction, homelessness, or unstable housing.

Other: This category is for a subtopic that does not fit into any of the current categories.


News digest:

This twice-weekly news digest summarizes relevant articles and information related to COVID-19 school closures. It focuses on the five critical areas: 1) continuity of learning; 2) health; 3) food security; 4) supervision; and 5) housing/safety and is disseminated on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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Webinar and Classes

The Consortium team has been invited to join numerous key dialogues regarding COVID-19 youth responses. Check out our upcoming programs below.

Upcoming programs