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State Education Chiefs on the Coronavirus: What We Need to Know Now

There is no blueprint for schools to manage the current health crisis By Mike Magee As I write this, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia, have ordered their schools to close because of the rapidly spreading coronavirus. Reports of more closures are coming in seemingly by the hour.

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Absenteeism Driven by Virus Could Trip Up States on ESSA

The scramble to contain the spread of the new coronavirus has thrown a big, unforeseen roadblock into many school districts’ efforts to drive down rates of student absences. The uncertainty created by the virus eventually may be reflected in year-end data on chronic absenteeism rates that will be publicly reported and, for many schools, used

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To Close or Not? How Superintendents Decide to Shut Down Schools

With COVID-19 continuing to spread throughout the United States, thousands of superintendents are suddenly becoming fluent in a peculiar new idiom: that of “social distancing” and “flattening the curve” of infection to prevent overwhelming medical facilities. Increasingly, they’re faced with the tough decision of if and when they should decide to close their schools to

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My 5 Basic Rules for Talking to Young Students About Coronavirus

Students are anxious about COVID-19. Teachers must face this difficult conversation By Ivy Higgins “Has there ever been a worse virus, Miss Higgins?” Juan asked during a class conversation about the COVID-19 this week. I had opened up a discussion of the topic when I realized that students were understandably anxious about the coronavirus outbreak.

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