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

What will school look like during the 2020-2021 school year? Learn more from the following resources, which include news headlines, expert recommendations, and statements from professional organizations. For information related to social-emotional learning and impacts of the crisis, see our related resource page.

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.

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. 

"There is no substitute for books in the life of a child." — May Ellen Chase