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As officials and decision makers across the United States continue to plan the reopening of schools across the country, it is important that all stakeholders are provided opportunities for input at the table, especially parents and families. In a time where the COVID-19 pandemic has forced distance learning to become a primary method of instruction in K-16 education, it will take informed community stakeholders on all levels to fill exacerbated gaps and exposed inequities to assure that children are afforded adequate access to quality education going forward. NAFSCE urges federal, state, and local leaders and policymakers to incorporate equitable family and community engagement into all reopening plans and address it moving forward:
- Champion Equity and Diversity
- Value and Support Families as Decision-Makers
- Build the Capacity of Educators to Effectively Engage Families
- Provide Families With Access and Resources To Be Learning Partners
- Support Family Well-Being
For NAFSCE’s full recommendations, read NAFSCE’s Recommendations on Engaging Families in School Re-Opening.
Click here for summary of key findings of NAFSCE's Survey: Family Engagement During the COVID-19 Pandemic
National Data and Perspectives
NAFSCE is monitoring updates and developing information emerging throughout the country to assure that stakeholders are kept abreast to maximize preparedness and engagement.
Data and Perspectives by State
While the COVID-19 Pandemic has impacted the United States as a whole, each state has developed varied approaches and mandates to address the reopening of schools and entities that affect youth and families.
Perspectives from Parents and Families
While states, local governments and school districts are floundering to develop viable solutions to safe school reopening, it is important for them to not negate the input of the most important stakeholders, parents and families.
- NAFSCE Parent and Family Leaders Council: Parent Perspectives on COVID-19 and School Reopening
- Letter from Parent Leader Organizations: Parent Voice on Equity in Reopening Schools - National Parent Leadership
Institute, United Parent Leaders Action Network, Parent Institute for Quality Education, Parents for Public Schools, One America, Community Organizing and Family Issues, Alliance for Quality Education, Power PAC, Be Strong
Families, and Coalition for Educational Justice
- Data Quality Campaign 2020 Parent Poll - Parents Want Data to Understand the Impact of School Closures and Support Recovery
- Learning Heroes Parent Poll - Parents 2020: COVID-19 Closures - A Redefining
Moment for Students, Parents, and Schools
- EdTrust State Polls: Parents Overwhelmingly Concerned Their Children Are Falling Behind
During School Closures
- EdTrust Poll Results by State: Texas, Washington, California, New York