In-person learning has resumed in most places, with the hope of some sense of normalcy. COVID, however, continues to challenge those efforts. With COVID cases surging and an increase among younger victims, many school systems have adjusted remote learning policies to ensure continued learning. Schools and districts across the nation are closely monitoring the health, safety, and educational needs of their communities and students, while considering potential adjustments.
See highlights below of recent actions taken in some states:
- 90,000 students in 19 states have had to quarantine so far this school year.
- new remote learning policies are underway for quarantined students due to COVID-19 cases and close contacts with those infected.
- learning expectations for students in quarantine include take-home assignments or asynchronous assignments accessible on a remote learning platform.
- some pledge to provide live, synchronous lessons.
- School systems’ protocols for learning during COVID-19 student quarantines across the country vary greatly.
- Vermont’s Champlain Valley Public Schools is offering instruction if entire classes need to be quarantined but not to individually quarantined students.
- Miami-Dade County Public Schools in Florida will provide simultaneous instruction for quarantined students so they can learn alongside their on-campus peers.
- Atlanta Public Schools in Georgia will provide afterschool tutors to quarantined students. The school system also plans to provide virtual instruction if whole classes or schools are quarantined or there is an outbreak.
- School systems also have disparate approaches to more permanent remote learning options, ranging from some not offering any options to some setting caps on the number of students who can enroll.
Full article including data from the Center on Reinventing Public Education can be found HERE
- Virtual, but no longer remote – unless education leaders make the quality of online instruction a priority, last year’s lackluster experience with remote learning is likely to repeat itself.
- New Mexico Public Education Department launches New Mexico Virtual Course Consortium – students to enroll in virtual courses from anywhere in the state.
- NM: Santa Fe School District to Offer Remote Learning Options – parents and community members have pushed Santa Fe Public Schools to offer a more sustainable, virtual option for students who are quarantining
- Texas lawmakers OK funding for virtual learning, but not for all students – remote learning only for students who pass their classes and the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness exams and have few unexcused absences.
- New York City officials say there will be no remote option despite the persistence of the highly transmissible delta variant of COVID-19.
Updated: September 13, 2021