A multidisciplinary team of Johns Hopkins University researchers has launched a new website that provides a range of tools dedicated to assessing and guiding K-12 school reopening plans across the United States, including a School Reopening Policy Tracker that provides real-time analysis of the latest guidance documents from every state.
According to researchers from the JHU eSchool+ Initiative, 46 State Boards of Education and 13 national policy organizations have thus far issued policy guidance about reopening K-12 schools. Equity issues are the crux of a safe return for low-income children and children who are people of color, and yet, one-third of reopening plans do not mention equity considerations for these student groups at all, and most others mention them with little detail.
The Tracker and additional resources created by JHU’s eSchool+ Initiative include:
- A guidance document titled “The Ethics of K-12 School Reopening: Identifying and Addressing the Values at Stake“
- A COVID-19 school reopening checklist
- “School News Roundup,” a biweekly e-newsletter (sign up online)
- Examples of equity-oriented reopening policies
Direct to School Reopening Policy Tracker