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During the COVID-19 pandemic, the eSchool+ Initiative was formed by experienced doctors, educators, public health professionals, and ethicists. This initiative is a collaboration between the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, School of Education, Consortium for School-Based Health Solutions, and The Rales Center. The main goal of this initiative is to develop coherent and equitable guidance about school closures and reopening for schools and policy stakeholders.

Our work has lead to the formation of:

  1. The COVID-19—Global Education Recovery Tracker: a collaboration between Johns Hopkins University, the World Bank, and UNICEF to assists countries’ decision-making by tracking reopening and recovery planning efforts in more than 200 countries and territories.
  2. Teacher & School Staff COVID-19 Vaccination Dashboard: which provides state-by-state information on school reopening status, teacher vaccination policies, and other vital data.
  3. Webinars: which are created and moderated by our faculty. Our new line of sessions begins on March 15th and will discuss important topics ranging from School Openings, Vaccines for teachers, learning loss, and more. See upcoming dates for the webinar series here. Links to previous seminars are available here.
  4. A School Reopening Tracker: which cultivates together information about school plans in terms of 6 operational criteria and 6 ethical and equability criteria.
  5. A COVID-19 School Reopening Checklist: a guide to help school leaders evaluate the needs of students and staff following the school closures.
  6. A School News Roundup: to provide the latest information about schools and COVID-19.
  7. School Closure Tracker: A tracker that provides a snapshot of how different districts in Maryland, California, Florida, Michigan, New York, and Washington DC are responding to school closures.
  8. Numerous Op-Eds and papers in the Baltimore Sun, Education Weekly, and Peer-Reviewed Journals. Publications

For more information about the eSchool+ Initiative, please check out our website eSchool+ Initiative.