To support schools in meeting the health, safety, and instructional needs of their communities, many organizations, including OSSE, the DC Special Education Cooperative, DC PCSB, and the New Teachers Project, are offering trainings, resources, and meeting spaces. DC PCSB has compiled these opportunities in a spreadsheet, which will be updated periodically.
The response to the pandemic and the continued use of social distancing measures to protect public health will require schools to be prepared to provide both in-person and distance learning for the 2020-21 school year. In preparation for this, OSSE and DC PCSB asked LEAs to develop Continuous Education and School Recovery Plans for the 2020-21 school year.
OSSE issues this guidance to District of Columbia public elementary and secondary schools, including public charter schools, that are re-opening during the recovery period from the COVID-19 public health emergency.
During Phase Two, Schools may reopen. This guidance will be in effect until we are able to better assess the impact of opening schools on the spread of COVID-19, so progression may happen independently of the District’s reopening phases.
Public Health Communication Templates and Guidance
Brooklyn Laboratory Charter Schools and the Donovan Group are working together to promote honest, transparent, equitable, freely accessible and public health-informed communication templates and guidance.
Guidance and Resources for COVID-19-related Closures and Recovery
OSSE has created a list of resources to help child development facilities, local education agencies (LEAs), schools and families plan effectively for reopening and recovery after closures related to the coronavirus public health emergency.