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How schools can balance academic integrity with student emotional wellness during extended school closures

District Administration Thumbnail Logo“On March 11, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. In just a matter of days, our world took an unexpected turn. Professional and collegiate athletics started being postponed for weeks, or even months. “Social distancing” became a household phrase. And the world of academia was put on hold for the foreseeable future; some college campuses have been vacated for the year and some K-12 schools have locked their doors.”

“For many of us in K-12, school closings aren’t abnormal; snowfall has dictated the uncertainty of a summer release for decades. But for students and educators to go from an unexpected day off to a complete shutdown for multiple weeks is uncharted water.

While the health and safety of our students, staff and the general public are paramount right now, providing some semblance of normalcy for students is also necessary. As schools formulate plans to respond to current and/or future extended leaves, two priorities must take center stage: continued learning opportunities for students and student emotional wellness.

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