How are K-12 schools (primary and secondary schools) responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, what kind of support have they been given, what problems have emerged, and how are these problems being tracked and responded to?




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Nadine Tanio's picture
April 16, 2020

CDC (updated 4/1) includes a decison-tree on school closures:

The US Department of Education, points to and the CDC site as primary sources for schools. site appears to be a clearinghouse for links across the Dept. Linked topics like:  fiscal waivers, disability rights, other civil rights, student privacy, and food insecurity. Site links to documents in Spanish and English language.

California Department of Education: (Updated 4/15/20). Another site which serves as a clearinghouse for California-based governmental guidance to schools. Includes links to student mental health resources  as well as Distance Learning, Early Learning, School Meals, Special Education and Child Care


Nadine Tanio's picture
April 12, 2020


Distance Learning and Covid-19

General (including Resources, Disparity, Opting Out)

Educators experienced with remote learning warn that closures are a serious threat to children’s academic progress, safety and social lives. They say that running a classroom digitally is much harder than bringing an adult workplace online, and that it can disproportionately affect low-income students and those with special needs. 

A Common Sense Media poll reports that “almost one in four teens (24%) say they're connecting with their teachers less than once a week. Forty-one percent haven't attended an online or virtual class since in-person school was cancelled.” 

Distance Learning may only may only exacerbate academic inequities:    

“Public schools are setting out on an unprecedented experiment: With little training and even fewer resources, in a matter of days they're shifting from a system of education that for centuries has focused on face to face interaction, to one that works entirely at a distance.” 

9 Out Of 10 Children Are Out Of School Worldwide. What Now? 

When New York City closed schools to combat the coronavirus outbreak and ordered remote learning for its more than 1 million students, English teacher Stephanie Paz wasn’t worried about how she would virtually teach her ninth-graders to take notes in the margins of their books or how they would discuss each other’s essays without being in the same room. Her biggest concern was whether they would have the basic technology needed to access their virtual lessons.

“A fed up mom went viral this week as she joined the ranks of other fed up parents who logging out of distance learning during the coronavirus pandemic. "This isn't working," Sarah Parcak, an archeologist and University of Alabama at Birmingham professor, told TODAY Parents.” 



The Los Angeles Times reports that in the nation’s second largest school district, “about 15,000 Los Angeles high school students are absent online and have failed to do any schoolwork while more than 40,000 have not been in daily contact with their teachers since March 16, when the coronavirus forced campus shutdowns.”

LAUSD invests 100 million in online learning

College Admissions & AP Exams

In response to COVID-19 and school closures the College Board has shortened AP Exams to 45 minutes and one essay each. They also must be taken at the same time worldwide which impacts students in Department of Defense schools (DODEA) worldwide:


NPR, “Schools Ditch Zoom Amid Concerns Over Online Learning Security”

The New York City Department of Education advised principals not to use Zoom after privacy concerns about the platform accelerated last week, the department’s chief operating officer said late Sunday in an email obtained by CNBC. The department is now telling schools they should use services provided through Google or Microsoft to connect with students while schools are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The message comes after a group of at least three state attorneys general said they were probing the company for potential privacy violations. The Connecticut AG, who announced the probe, said he had been “zoombombed” during a forum about the Census, with hundreds of messages flooding the chat box with profanities. 

Dingtalk (Homework App)

Wuhan students tried to boot remote learning app from the App Store by leaving bad reviews:

Nadine Tanio's picture
April 10, 2020

According to Human Rights Watch currently 1.5 billion students are out of school this annotation begin assembling articles and media that address how the COVID-19 pandemic impacts young people in terms of food insecurity and how schools are responding to this crisis. 


Source: Human Rights Watch

More than 1.5 billion students are out of school, and widespread job and income loss and economic insecurity are likely to increase rates of child labor, sexual exploitation, teenage pregnancy, and child marriage. Stresses on families, particularly those living under quarantines, lockdowns and other restrictions on freedom of movement, may increase the incidence of violence in the home. As the global death toll from COVID-19 increases, large numbers of children will be orphaned and vulnerable to exploitation and abuse.


As Covid-19 spreads throughout the United States, schools and child care facilities are balancing their role of helping to prevent disease transmission with ensuring access to food for children who rely on the federal nutrition safety net.

Video: What is food insecurity?

"Food insecurity is often linked with a number of poor health outcomes such as diabetes and cardiovascular problems," said Norbert Wilson, a professor of food policy at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy.

Food Security in a Pandemic

What coronavirus means for food insecurity


World Food Programme says nearly nine million children the organisation usually feeds are no longer receiving meals


How US schools are (and aren’t) providing meals to children in the Covid-19 crisis. Parents rely on schools for children’s meals. Coronavirus has exposed the vulnerabilities of these programs.


The California Department of Education (CDE) updated their app to help students and families find meals for COVID-19 school closures.


In county where every child qualifies for free school meals, a superintendent embarks on a project – driving 6,000 meals a day


Michigan is first state to provide food to families affected by COVID-19 school closures


Schools struggle to safely get free meals to needy students


“Many families whose children are eligible for free school meals have not received supermarket vouchers as promised by the government because of delays in the supply system, school leaders say.”

FOOD AID (mainly US-based)

a list of local, national, and international organizations that are working to ensure food, aid, and medical supplies are delivered to those who need it.