On July 14, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) released Restart and Recovery – Considerations for Teaching and Learning with the intent to support state education agencies (SEAs) and local districts to safely reopen school for the year 2020-2021. This document is intended as an updated and customized and complementary resource for SEAs that are helping local districts to enhance the transition to reopening for young learners.
Before and since the release of CCSSO’s Considerations for Teaching and Learning, SEAs have released state plans for reopening schools in the fall of 2020. Local districts have been engaged in developing plans on how to reopen the schools– either all in-person, via a hybrid of in-classroom and remote learning, or exclusively through remote learning. Due to the changing conditions of the pandemic, even the best-laid plans continue to be subject to revisions or comprehensive changes.
This resource aligns closely with the Council’s guidance released in July 2020.4 In addition, this document offers new, updated strategies and age-specific resources pertaining to young learners, including preschoolers, which were not covered in the previous document. It is intended to be used as resource guide during the current school year (2020-2021), when the gyrations of the pandemic call for shifting the teaching mode from one scenario to another, to enable school administrators and early childhood educators to review, validate, and/or revise their plans and actions. The recommended action steps and resources are designed to inform the decision-making process as districts transition to different modes of teaching.