The rapid spread of the coronavirus disease 2019
(COVID-19) — which the World Health Organization
has declared a global pandemic — has big implications
for P-12 and higher education in the United States. Education
journalists around the country are playing a vital role in
helping communities understand the situation, from school
closures to plans for remote learning and making sure
high-need students maintain access to wraparound services like
health care and meals.
Education Week is tracking state-level K-12 school
closures, which includes the closure of both the buildings
and in-person instruction.
While the response to the health crisis is fluid, it’s clear that
educators will have to rethink teaching methods. Challenges
include adopting new methods of digital learning and instruction
if bricks-and-mortar classrooms remain closed for an extended
period, as well as helping families struggling with child care
issues or mandated quarantines.