Reading Rockets–NEA Guide

Going Back to School During COVID-19: News and Updates

What does school look like during this unprecedented time of COVID-19? Learn more from the following resources, which include news headlines, expert recommendations, and statements from professional organizations. For the most current information on returning to school, social-emotional supports, and addressing learning loss, see COVID-19 and the 2021-2022 School Year.

Reopening schools

What kinds of decisions will schools, educators, and families have to make about how schools work in the 2020-2021 school year? Learn more from these updates.

Returning to School: A Toolkit for Principals

This toolkit from the National Comprehensive Center is designed to help principals organize their approach to reopening and includes tools, tip sheets, and suggestions for action. Topics range from the nuts and bolts of social distancing and cleaning protocols to building the school community by emphasizing what everyone has in common.

Policy and funding

What are some of the ways that federal, state, and local policy will impact schools in the coming year? Learn more from these news headlines and reports.

Distance learning

Learn more about what’s working in distance learning — or not, as well as the way that the digital divide impacts students’ opportunities for learning and growth.


School closures and learning from home have had a widely different impact on families. Many families lack access to the Internet or enough devices for all of their children, or the ability to afford alternative schooling options such as learning pods and private tutors. Additionally, many families are experiencing financial insecurity that affects access to housing, food, health care. 

"Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty. It should be offered to them as a precious gift." — Kate DiCamillo