In these uneasy times, it’s no surprise that many educators are anxious about back to school that entails returning to the physical classroom.  NPR reports that in a national poll, 82% of K-12 teachers say they are concerned about returning to in-person teaching this fall, and two-thirds prefer to teach primarily remotely. Issues range from concerns about their own health and having sufficient Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to having sufficient training and prep to be able to teach effectively while maintaining safety for all.

Nevertheless, some schools are already opening and more will be opening soon; others will have delayed openings; and still others will have hybrid plans, a mix of remote and in-person classes. In part, decisions depend on geography and how prevalent Covid-19 is in any given region. Another factor is the safety measures that a school or a community takes to keep students, educators, and school staff safe.  One thing is clear – parents and educators alike must be flexible and ready to change plans.

We’ve compiled resources for administrators, educators, and school staff to help in the planning process for the start of a new school year. These resources include links to learn by-location reopening plans, resources for reopening preparation and safety measures, and a variety of remote teaching tools. We’ve also compiled a separate list of Back to School Resources for Parents that might be helpful.

Back to School Reopening Plans

Many school districts are planning delayed school starts or a combination of in-school and distance learning. Check with your state’s Dept of Education website for plans and resources specific to your state.  In most states, this is a potentially dynamic situation. Here are a few other sources that are tracking primary, secondary and higher education plans for fall 2020.

CDC on schooling & prep

Resources from the NEA

Resources from Edutopia


Back to School: More educator resources for school reopening

Remote teaching tools & resources 

Related: Covid-10 Back to School Resources for Parents

ESI EAP Members: For more resources, click on the Employee & Family login at the top of this page to access our frequently updated member Covid-19 Resource Center.


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