Fall 2020 School Reentry
(Updated Sept. 23, 2020) Organizations including ASCA, National Association of School Psychologists, CASEL, AASA (School Superintendents Association) and others have released detailed recommendations regarding school reentry. Among the issues addressed are multidisciplinary teams, addressing social emotional learning and academic needs, school safety protocols and equity and access considerations.
According to the ASCA/NASP guide, School Reentry Considerations, among the key elements to consider are:
  • Reviewing guidance from local, state and federal agencies
  • Coordinating responses within and across schools and the community
  • Clearly communicating reentry, short-term recovery and long-term recovery plans with parents, families and other relevant community stakeholders.
  • Engaging in resource mapping to identify available resources and needs. This process should include an examination of existing school-based teams.
  • Mapping common goals and streamlining efforts to avoid duplication.
  • Making decisions around temporary reallocation of resources depending on need (e.g., repositioning school nurses if certain parts of the district report more cases of COVID-19).
  • Providing scripts for teachers and other staff to read to students to ensure consistent communication from a trusted and familiar adult.
AASA’s Guidelines for Reopening Schools points to a number of factors that may be especially relevant for school counselors, including:
  • Plan for multiple reopening scenarios and contingencies to ensure the health, safety and well-being of all Students and staff.
  • Ensure students’ and families’ equitable access to technology required for virtual learning.
  • Provide continuing support to students and adults to address their immediate and long-term physical, psychological, social and emotional needs.
  • Ensure all schools are trauma-informed and trauma-skilled.
  • Transform the teaching-learning-assessment process to ensure personalization, engagement and differentiation.
School Reentry Resources

ASCA/National Association of School Psychologists:
School Reentry Considerations: Supporting Student Social and Emotional Learning and Mental and Behavioral Health Amidst COVID-19

casel-image.pngCASEL: Reunite, Renew and Thrive: Social Emotional Learning Roadmap for Reopening School

School Reentry: The School Counselor’s Role: School counselors have specific training to help students successfully transition to a new school year, even a year as challenging as 2020. By focusing on direct student services, school counselors can help students develop skills that will help them navigate changing expectations and environments. By providing indirect student services including consultation and collaboration with families, teachers and other stakeholders, school counselors can partner with others to make this year the best that it can be, even with its many uncertainties. 

AASA, NASSP, NAESP, Brown University and Qualtrics: National COVID-19 School Response Dashboard
AASA: Guidelines for Reopening Schools
ASFA: Reopening Schools Safely in the Age of COVID
​CASEL: Leveraging the Power of Social/Emotional Learning as You Prepare to Reopen and Renew Your School Community
Council of Chief State School Officers: Phase 2: Restart and Recovery
EEOC: What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act and Other EEO Laws
NCAA: NCAA Eligibility Center COVID-19 Response FAQs—2020-21 Academic Year​ and EC COVID-19 Updates
NSBA: Setting a New Course: A Legal Guide to Operating Schools in the Pandemic Area
NSBA: School Leader Voices: Concerns and Challenges to Providing Meaningful IDEA-related Services During COVID-19
American Federation of Teachers: A Plan to Safely Reopen America’s Schools and Communities
American Academy of Pediatrics: Guidelines for School Re-entry
American Enterprise Institute: A Blueprint for Back to School
Aspen Institute: Recovery and Renewal: Principles for Advancing Public Education Post-Crisis
CDC: Schools Decision Tool (for reopening schools)
CDC: Considerations for K-12 Schools: Readiness and Planning Tool
Brookings: Avoiding the COVID-19 Slump: Making Up for Lost Time
National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement: Scripts for Classroom Teachers for First Day of School and more
The JAG Institute: Child Bereavement Estimation Model