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ERIC Number: ED606050
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2020
Pages: 38
Abstractor: ERIC
All Hands on Deck: Initial Guidance Regarding Reopening School Buildings
National Education Association
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges to the schools, the economy, and the nation's families, exacerbating racial inequities and placing a disproportionate burden on communities of color throughout the country. While physically opening schools at the beginning of the 2020--2021 school year is the goal of most districts, the decision of when to reopen school buildings must be rooted in health and safety and not based on an arbitrary start date or any other priority. However, COVID-19 has also brought an opportunity to reimagine and reengineer the policies and processes that have benefited some students while not prioritizing other students, specifically under-resourced students, Black and Brown students, and students with disabilities. The document, "All Hands On Deck: Initial Guidance Regarding Reopening School Buildings," is a preliminary step toward reimagining the schools as environments that are moving from equity to justice so that students and educators are safe and healthy, and they are able to teach and learn regardless of school, community, race, class, or ability. This guidance is rooted in four basic principles: (1) Health Expertise: Health and safety of all as advised by science is fundamental; (2) Educator Voice: Educators' voices and expertise are front and center as part of decision-making and implementation; (3) Access to Protection: Educators and students need consistently funded access to personal protective equipment (PPE) and the ability to disinfect surfaces regularly; and (4) Leading with Equity: Achieving racial and social justice is imperative and not an expendable aspiration.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Education Association
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