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Dear Academic Approach Families & Colleagues:

As we ease into summer, schools are already considering options for school return in the fall, with a variety of considerations for a drastically different school year. Below, we outline some of the thinking we’ve seen so far at the K-12 level.

K-12 Considerations
Many K-12 districts are reflecting on lessons learned from remote learning this spring around equity, engagement, and outcomes for students. Most school and district leaders are still hoping for options that allow students to return, in some capacity, for in-person learning in the fall. The CDC has released a number of recommendations around rearranging physical spaces to reduce risk, including considering student “pods” that limit the number of exposures a student can have (which can be enormous at the high school level) and having teachers rotate instead of students. Recommendations around student spacing to allow for social distancing dramatically reduces the number of students that can fit into a classroom. Districts must consider how to limit risks not only in classrooms, but also in hallways, in cafeterias, on school buses, and other areas where students may congregate.

Districts Weighing Proposals
To reduce the exposure and risk of students and staff, districts are convening task forces and drafting plans to address these recommendations. Detroit, for example, has released a draft reopening plan that involves in-person learning for high school students on alternate weeks to reduce the number of students in the building and increasing the focus on core classes like literacy and math while in-person while virtual classes offer more elective options. Many schools are soliciting feedback from families, including New York City. The Illinois State Board of Education plans to release their recommendations for school reopenings by the end of June.

Tomorrow, we’ll explore some of the options colleges and universities are considering for the fall.

Be well,
Matthew Pietrafetta, Ph.D., Founder & CEO

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