Resources for Reopening Schools

Reopening and sustaining in-person instruction that ensures the safety of students, school staff, and their communities requires attention to the most recent and rigorous science. To support that work, the Learning Policy Institute has conducted research since the outset of the pandemic to help inform educators and policymakers of the pressing issues of education and equity in the time of COVID-19.

Resources for Reopening Schools Website

MAR 9, 2021
Researchers at the Learning Policy Institute are curating high-quality resources for educators, administrators, and policymakers, including peer-reviewed research, school reopening profiles, and data dashboards.

Reopening Schools Safely in California: District Examples of Multilayered Mitigation

OCT 11, 2021
Schools across California have reopened for in-person learning, undertaking the challenging but crucial work of ensuring student safety. Examining multiple districts across the state, LPI researchers provide important models and key lessons for safe school reopening. As their work demonstrates, schools implementing multilayered mitigation strategies can stay open safely, minimize further disruptions to learning, and ensure that students can focus on their education and reconnecting to their school community. This is part of a series of profiles on districts that have reopened effectively.

Tulsa Public Schools: Prioritizing Physical, Social, and Emotional Safety to Support Reopening and Recovery

AUG 18, 2021
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, districts nationwide have faced the difficult task of reopening schools safely and keeping them open, while also accelerating student learning and attending to the trauma and loss experienced by students and families. Tulsa Public Schools' nimble and forward-looking recovery strategy encompasses social and emotional, as well as physical, safety. This is part of a series of profiles on districts that have reopened effectively.

San Diego County: Mobilizing Technical Assistance, Partnerships, and Data to Support School Reopening

JUL 01, 2021
How can schools reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic while prioritizing the health and well-being of their students, staff, and communities? The Resources for Reopening Schools website compiles all the latest resources to help inform educators and policymakers of the pressing issues in the time of COVID-19. It also includes profiles detailing how schools, like those in San Diego County, have successfully provided in-person instruction. This is part of a series of profiles on districts that have reopened effectively.

COVID-19 in Child Care and Preschool Settings

APR 13, 2021
Reopening efforts should consider child care and preschool programs alongside k–12. To clarify what is known about COVID-19 transmission in early education programs, LPI researchers synthesized studies from around the world that explore transmission rates and mitigation strategies in these programs. They found that, when appropriate health and safety precautions are in place, there is no increased risk of contracting COVID-19.

New York City Public Schools: Supporting School Reopening With a Focus on Testing and Tracing

MAR 23, 2021
In March 2020, New York City was a pandemic hotspot. Yet NYC was also the first large U.S. city to reopen its schools. Researchers explore the various mitigation strategies the NYC Department of Education implemented to bring students back and offer useful resources that can support policymakers and educators navigating their own school reopening plans. This is part of a series of profiles on districts that have reopened effectively.

Marin County: Leveraging Education and Public Health Partnerships to Support School Reopening

FEB 11, 2021
How can districts reopen schools safely and reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission in schools? Marin County, CA, offers one example of a thoughtful approach to school reopening that draws on public health research and partnerships. Using multilayered mitigation strategies and collaborating with the county offices of education and health, Marin safely reopened more than 85% of its schools for in-person learning. This is part of a series of profiles on districts that have reopened effectively.

Restarting and Reinventing School Learning in the Time of COVID and Beyond

AUG 25, 2020
The disruption to education caused by the pandemic presents an opportunity for policymakers and educators to seize the moment to reimagine schooling using safe, equitable, and student-centered approaches. This framework provides research, state and local examples, and policy recommendations for 10 key areas of education.

Reopening Schools in the Context of COVID-19: Health and Safety Guidelines From Other Countries

MAY 15, 2020
Schools across the United States canceled in-person classes beginning in March 2020 to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. In many states and districts, school buildings are closed for the duration of the school year. Policymakers and school leaders are making plans to reopen schools for the next academic year, and some are preparing to do so sooner. To reopen schools safely, state and district leaders will need to address several important health considerations.

Learning in the Time of COVID-19 Blog Series

This blog series explores evidence-based and equity-focused strategies and investments to address the current crisis and build long-term systems capacity.


Funding for this project is provided by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative DAF, Heising-Simons Foundation, Silver Giving Foundation, W. Clement and Jessie V. Stone Foundation, and Stuart Foundation. Additional core operating support is provided by the Heising-Simons Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Raikes Foundation, Sandler Foundation, and Mackenzie Scott and Dan Jewett.