There are a lot of safety concerns to consider when going back to school in the Fall, especially in our current battle with the COVID-19 Pandemic. This month’s resources aim to help administrators check & prep their Emergency Action Plans, both for the COVID-19 concerns and school wide safety in general.
Planning & Guidance for COVID-19 Pandemic:
- Read the excellent guidance from the Florida DOE on Reopening Florida Schools .
- Explore advice from the CDC in all areas of back to school planning and read about guidelines & protocols for cleaning & disinfecting here.
- Use this step by step planning document with downloadable PDF from nasponline.org to help ensure you are prepared for the new school year.
- We’ve also included a free printable planning checklist to help you think through your plans for next year!
OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUR SCHOOL!
AVID is a national non-profit that delivers professional learning to more than 85,000 educators each year so they can close the gap and prepare all students. Attend AVID Discover as a non-AVID school for just the cost of registration. Cost for this program can be covered by ESSER funding through your district, the Private School Stabilization funds (more info to come on this from Step Up), Title II, Part A or Title IV, Part A. Learn effective AVID online teaching methods that will also transfer to the face to face classroom setting.
Conscious Discipline Core is a series of online professional learning sessions divided into three key areas of focus: Safety, Connection and Problem-Solving. These core sessions create a strong foundation in the basic skills, powers and structures necessary to handle the unique challenges of schooling in a COVID-19 age. Participants can select the age-specific grades they teach to focus on, and there is also a track designed for Administrators, Specials (e.g. Music, Physical Education or Art) or Special Needs.
School-wide General Emergency Action Plans:
- FEMA’s Guide for developing high quality school emergency action plans PDF
- Explore this Model Emergency Crisis Plan Example from the DOE in Virginia
- School Safety Planning Resources from the Student Learning & Partner Success Team
Do you have a “Decision Tree” to help guide your decisions to open, close, or adjust schedules?
- LeaderEd’s Decision Tree for Schools Responding to New COVID-19 Cases
- CDC’s checklist for actions before, during, and after a pandemic flu outbreak
Other Guidance from State & National Gov: