The State of Michigan is taking important steps to protect the health and wellbeing of students and the general public during the coronavirus pandemic. While we hope that the need for school closures will not need to be extended, we also recognize the need to respond to continually evaluate community health needs and respond appropriately.
Addressing educational equity throughout the current crisis starts by recognizing that vulnerable students are at particular risk during this time of school closures. As a result, planning by the state, school districts, and schools should include specific steps to ensure that extended school closures do not exacerbate educational inequities and that all students receive the services and support they need.
As school leaders adjust emergency plans, we’ve identified 8 specific steps they should explore in order to promote instructional equity and preserve student well-being throughout this period of school closures.
Addressing Impacts of School Closure
The following resources provide information on the potential impacts of school closure and how they can be mitigated:
- S. Department of Agriculture
- Harvard EdCast: Schools, Families, and the Coronavirus
- How to find free lunch for Michigan kids with schools shut down
- Coronavirus prompts Newark and districts across the U.S. to reconsider perfect attendance goals
- Closed schools could get OK to not give state tests amid coronavirus ed department says
Supporting Learning During School Closures
Michigan parents and educators must be adequately prepared to continue student learning during the time of school closure. The following resources allow for continued student learning:
- COVID-19 School Closures: Practical Actions to Prepare for Continued Student Learning
- Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions due to School Closings
- Free Scholastic “Learn at Home” Website
Addressing Racism and Xenophobia
Michigan educators should be supported in preparing to address xenophobic and racist bullying. The following resources can help prepare for engaging with students around this topic:
State & Federal Guidance
Michigan school personnel and communities should be aware of the general and school-specific guidance released by national and state agencies:
- State of Michigan
- S. Department of Education
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)