Three-quarters of U.S. states have now officially closed their schools for the rest of the academic year. While remote learning continues, summer is a question mark, and attention is already starting to turn to next fall.
Recently, governors including California’s Gavin Newsom and New York’s Andrew Cuomo have started to talk about what school reopening might look like. And a federal government plan for reopening, according to The Washington Post, says that getting kids back in classrooms or other group care is the first priority for getting back to normal.
But there are still many more unknowns than guarantees. Among the biggest, says Lily Eskelsen Garcia, president of the National Education Association, the nation’s largest teachers union, is this: “Is it safe and healthy for my kids to pack them into that classroom?”
Here are nine key ideas — drawn from interviews with public health experts, education officials and educators around the country — for what reopening might look like.
provides nine possible options for how reopening might look in American schools:
- Stepped-up health and hygiene measures
- Class sizes of 12 or fewer
- Staggered schedules
- Younger kids first?
- New calendars
- Different attendance policies
- No assemblies, sports games or parent-teacher conferences
- Remote learning continues
- Social, emotional and practical help for kids
via Ian O’Byrne