There are a multitude of articles and publications discussing the important role that in-classroom education plays in educational outcomes for our students and the vitality of our state:

AEI – A Blueprint for back to school

Reopening Colorado: A report on readiness and needs

Webinar – K-12 Education:
the COVID Slide

CDC Activities and Initiatives Supporting
the COVIC-19 Response and
the President’s Plan for Opening America Up Again

The TFS Solution
Returning to Reimagined Schools

Catholic Schools
Return to School Plan

School Reopen Plans
by Country

Colorado schools could be allowed
classes of 20 to 25 by fall

Fauci says it’s time to think
about reopening schools

Quick Facts

Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) projects students may only retain 70% of learning gains in reading compared to a normal year and less than 50% of learning gains in math.

    • Losing critical momentum in developing foundational math and literacy skills 
    • Losing ground on social skills

Flattening the learning loss curve is crucial.

These type of “shock” impacts on students’ learning can have life-long impacts.

Now more than ever, schools need to be nimble, creative, and innovative.

Reopening schools in a manner that is safe and responsive to the needs of families and communities will involve novel challenges. Leaders must begin planning immediately.  

Districts, and schools should consider at least six different buckets of work: school operations, whole child supports, school personnel, academics, distance learning, and other general considerations.

A number of public health officials—including the habitually cautious Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases—have indicated that they expect schools will likely be able to reopen this fall.

Reopened schools will need modifications based on guidance from national, state, and local health officials, which could include physical distancing, temperature screenings, and frequent disinfecting of classrooms.

Schools can only reopen in the context of a community’s gradual relaxation of the social distancing measures put in place. In fact, reopening schools is a crucial step in helping reopen other parts of the economy.

Most importantly, the planning for reopening schools creates the opportunity to renew a shared commitment to improving outcomes for all students.

COVID-19 exposed too many of the inequities that we have either overlooked or ignored for too long. Rising up to meet this challenge requires the whole community, not just school leaders.

We understand the enormity of these burdens. This is a moment when all of us—educators, families, and communities—must find ways to ensure that children get back the schools and connections so important to their young lives.

When schools get the green light to go, they must be ready. 

We should not try to return to “normal,” but rather strive for something better. 

Safely Back to School Talking Points