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

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.

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. Research is in progress to examine district examples of effective school reopenings. Additional profiles are forthcoming.

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.