How schools will have to ‘adapt creatively’ this fall

An expert breaks down the many challenges of opening school during the COVID-19 pandemic and explains how schools are adapting for the fall.
A woman shows a child her temperature on a thermometer as they both wear masks

As K-12 school leaders finalize decisions for what fall 2020 will look like, the coronavirus pandemic—still surging unabated across the United States—complicates every possible solution.

Beneath all is an impossibly high-stakes debate, pitting the risks to public health against the importance of sustaining academic and social growth of students.

Going into fall, I don’t think there’s a school district administrator in the country who would say, “We’re going to do things exactly the same way we did in spring.”

While some US schools plan to move forward with in-person classes or hybrid models, many in recent weeks have opted for all-virtual instruction this fall.

Parents, meanwhile, are coming up with their own solutions, exploring options like home schooling, virtual tutoring, and “pandemic pods,” where small groups of students might gather more safely.

Here, Annette Anderson, assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education and deputy director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Safe and Healthy Schools, as well as a former teacher and principal, shares her thoughts on how schools and families can “adapt creatively” to the current challenges:

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