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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. 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 team has developed the following resources: School Closure Response Checklist, News Digest, School Closures Tracker, School Re-Opening Preparedness Checklist, Webinar and Classes, Educational Programs.

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


 

School Re-opening Preparedness Checklist:

The eSchool+ Initiative is working to develop resources that will highlight equity, health, and safety issues that are likely to arise as schools consider reopening. In addition, the Initiative will be putting forth ethical considerations for schools to think through as responsible school reopening plans are developed and implemented.


 

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. It is updated by weekly, 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
  • COVID-19: Opening Schools in the Fall (Webinar on June 3, 2020 at 12:15PM EDT). Click here to watch.
  • Children: Education and Safety in the Time of COVID19 (Webinar date and time TBD). Presented by IHS Bioethics and IHS Student Life.
Past programs
  • COVID-19 and Schools: The public health case for closing schools and where we go from here (Webinar on May 12, 2020). A recording can be found here.
    • Consortium faculty participants: Sara Johnson
  • Current Issues in Public Health: COVID-19 Pandemic Response (Class on April 23, 2020)
    • Consortium faculty participants: Megan Collins and Beth Marshall
  • Responding to Youth Needs Due to COVID-19: Perspectives from Three Hopkins Centers (Webinar on April 8, 2020)
    • Consortium faculty participants: Megan Collins, Sara Johnson and Beth Marshall

 

Educational Programs

School closures news
  • eSchool + Initiative project faculty, Annette Anderson, and other Johns Hopkins experts provide insight into the ongoing Digital Divide and disruptions to food security and healthcare access during school closures. Available on the Public Health On Call podcast.
School Re-Opening Guidance
For Educators and School Health Personnel
  • National Association of School Nurses provides comprehensive resources for topics such as, how to safely send resources from schools to parents, ideas for deployment of school nurses, and helping children cope with COVID-19.
  • National Association of School Psychologists provides a COVID-19 resource center for concerns including crisis and mental health support, special education delivery, and equity considerations for during and after the pandemic.
Federal and State Policy
  • Center for Connected Health provides COVID-19 telehealth policy updates, including increased eligible services via telehealth for Medicaid patients and a list of eligible providers.
Societal inequities during COVID-19 
Additional Resources