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[EdNews Round Up Update] COVID-19 and Education Impacts VII

[EdNews Round Up Update] COVID-19 and Education Impacts VII

No one knows better than educators about the importance of staying up-to-date. The spread of COVID-19, or coronavirus, has had major impacts across the U.S., including the closure of most schools and districts nationwide. We stand with you, focused on building school around the student, especially during times where access to quality instruction is restricted. We continue to actively monitor the situation and have a dedicated team in place to help us better respond to the needs of educators and students however we can. In these situations, online learning is more relevant and important than ever, and we want to help so that you can continue to feel supported as you meet your learners' academic needs.

 In this week’s edition of Edmentum’s EdNews Round Up, you’ll find the latest news we have gathered pertaining to COVID-19 and the impact on U.S. education. Of course, you can find the latest updates and data on COVID-19 on the Center for Disease Control and World Health Organization websites as well as helpful resources.

Map: Coronavirus and School Closures
The coronavirus pandemic has forced widespread school closures in the United States in an unprecedented disruption of K-12 schooling. Use the map below to see state-level information about school closures.

States Face Thorny Issues in Deciding to Reopen Schools Post-Pandemic
For the states that have not yet decided to close for the remainder of the school year, tensions are arising among local, state, and federal officials in regards to what is and is not safe.

As Summer Nears, School Districts Begin 'Scenario Planning'
It's unclear whether in-person summer learning will be possible, but a few options are beginning to emerge.

Half of All School Employees Aren’t Teachers. This Recession Will Endanger Their Jobs
The 74 Million
As the social and economic shutdown triggered by COVID-19 stretches into a second month, sobering jobless numbers indicate that America is headed into a recession. And experts say one group of K-12 employees is subject to particular uncertainty: non-teaching personnel.

At-Home SAT Tests? If COVID-19 Closures Continue, College Board Says Yes
The College Board says it is preparing to offer digital versions of the SAT test in students’ homes later this year, “in the unlikely event” that schools remain closed through the fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

'There's A Huge Disparity': What Teaching Looks Like During Coronavirus
NPR Education
Millions of U.S. educators are scrambling to replicate the functions of school without an actual school building. One principal's advice is to just "focus on loving our kids."

Social-Emotional Learning Should Be Priority During COVID-19 Crisis
NEA Today
Experts say teaching and learning during closures is unrealistic if SEL for students and educators is left out of the conversation.

Educators Get Creative To Serve Students With Disabilities
One of the biggest challenges in moving school online has been how to offer services for students with disabilities. But educators are finding creative ways to connect.

How Will Social Isolation During COVID-19 Affect Our Kids?
Kids are without playmates. Parents are disconnected from other adults who can help them cope. Loneliness may be amplified. There are myriad ways in which our national quarantine could affect kids but little research on it.

What Teachers Need to Make Remote Schooling Work
The Atlantic
The coronavirus pandemic is increasing academic gaps, and educators are scrambling to reduce them. The Atlantic reached out to educators across the country to find out what’s working and what they need to make remote schooling work.

Edmentum Cares

If you are concerned about your students being able to access quality instruction and resources for an extended period of time, we are committed to helping you by providing free access to high quality curriculum, assessment, and educational services through the remainder of the school year. The Edmentum Capacity Assistance Program (E-CAP) helps ensure that teachers can continue teaching and students can continue learning during school closures. Together, we’ll work with you to tailor an implementation plan that establishes the best learning environment for your school or district and sets your teachers up for success in virtual instruction.

We have also developed a number of free K-12 e-learning resources that are available to you, designed to help as you plan, and in the unfortunate event that your school or district closes. These resources include math, language arts, science, reading and literacy activities from a variety of our online programs, video lessons, access to program specific resources, school closure best practices, live and on demand webinars, and more.