COVID-19 Coverage for Education and Technology


Updated List of Statewide School Closures with Closure Dates

Four states have extended their mandated statewide school closures to the end of the school year. All schools in 49 states are closed. Twenty-five states that had already ordered closures have extended those closure dates. Here is a complete list, with closure dates and closure extensions known at this point. (Updated March 27.)

Updated: Free Resources for Schools During COVID-19 Outbreak

In response to the number of states, districts and schools that are shuttering schools to students over the next several weeks in response to fears about the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), education technology companies have stepped forward to help educators reach students in virtual ways. (Updated March 26)

Student Privacy in a Time of Pandemic

How should a school respond if it receives a voluntary request from a local, state or federal agency for student records to assist in responding to a COVID-19 outbreak in the area?

Educators Implore FCC to Cover Home Internet in E-rate Expansion

It's time for E-rate to cover the cost of home internet access. That's the word from 7,664 teachers, education IT people, principals and superintendents who have signed a letter to the Federal Communications Commission urging the Commission to make E-rate funds available to help schools and districts "equip" students with home internet access.

Moving to Remote Instruction Immediately: Where to Get Started

As coronavirus changes life as we knew it, these education experts offer advice on how to make the transition to online instruction.

LAUSD to Provide Internet Connectivity for Students Who Don’t Have Access

Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the largest district in California and second-largest in the nation, will provide internet connectivity to as many as 100,000 students who do not have access at home. LAUSD schools will remain closed at least until May 1 over concerns surrounding COVID-19, the district recently announced.

Feds Say States Can Skip High-Stakes Testing This Year

The U.S. Department of Education has issued notification that states can choose to "bypass" standardized testing for the 2019-2020 school year. Secretary Betsy DeVos said in the announcement that the department would grant a waiver to any state unable to assess its students "due to the ongoing national emergency."

Resource: State Department of Education Websites for Coronavirus/COVID-19

Every state and most territories in the United States have developed websites on their departments of education or public instruction regarding how they're responding to coronavirus (COVID-19). THE Journal has compiled a list of those websites for your reference.

Arizona State Compiles Free Resources for Remote K–12 Learners

Arizona State University has developed a hub to support remote learners "at any age." ASU for You consists of a collection of content, courses, training videos, tutoring, textbook replacements, professional development for educators, and workforce retraining resources.

Google Explains How to Prep Chromebooks for Home Use

As district IT teams prepare their Chromebooks to go home with students during school closures due to coronavirus, Google has developed some text resources to help them make the changes needed to those devices.

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