NOLA Public Schools

Reopening Resources from Chiefs for Change and Partners

Resources for COVID Testing, Contact Tracing, and Vaccinations

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  • Project Planning Workbook—This Project Planning Workbook provides system leaders and their teams with a downloadable Excel tool that can support the step-by-step processes needed to design, implement, and project manage district-wide testing. The information in this workbook closely aligns with the best practices outlined in The Rockefeller Foundation’s Covid-19 Testing in K-12 Settings: A Playbook for Educators and Leaders.
  • “Day in the Life of” (DILO) case studies—This resource helps systems simulate a COVID-19 testing strategy during a typical school day for students, staff, and families. Case study examples can be used to test processes, identify gaps, refine plans, and share those plans with the community. These case studies complement the DILOs previously published on school reopening.
  • COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination Programs Frequently Asked Questions—This document is designed for leaders to use as they consider common questions regarding COVID-19 screening, testing, and vaccination programs for their education systems. The resource is intended to support the overall development of successful return-to-learn and return-to-work plans.
  • Covid-19 Testing in K-12 Settings: A Playbook for Educators and Leaders—Testing for America, with support from The Rockefeller Foundation and the Skoll Foundation, released this how-to guide to reopen–and keep open–the more than 130,000 K-12 schools in the United States fulltime. The playbook provides detailed, step-by-step guidance to help educators, leaders, and their public health partners design and implement effective testing programs in schools.
  • Recording of January 13, 2021 Chiefs for Change press conference calling on the federal government and states to immediately release all doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and to make all teachers and school staff eligible for vaccination now.
  • Contact tracing for COVID-19: New considerations for its practical application—This resource, produced by McKinsey & Company and shared with members of Chiefs for Change, provides information on contact tracing both internationally and domestically. It contains an overview of the available technology and considerations for implementation.
  • Taking Back Control: A Resetting of America’s Response to Covid-19—This document, produced by The Rockefeller Foundation, presents a plan for the largest domestic COVID-19 testing initiative to date and proposes 14 executive actions the president could take to rapidly alter the trajectory of the pandemic in the United States.
  • National COVID-19 Testing Action Plan—Created by The Rockefeller Foundation, this resource lays out the steps necessary to enact robust COVID-19 testing, tracing, and coordination.
  • A Way Forward: Reopening Schools—This episode of The Rockefeller Foundation’s “Breakthrough” livestream series features a panel discussion with Chiefs for Change board member and Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie and others about what it will take to reopen schools.

District-Specific Resources

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  • The Return: How Should Education Leaders Prepare for Reentry and Beyond—Produced in partnership with the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy, this report outlines relevant research and provides key recommendations for reopening K-12 schools.
  • School Reopening Workbook: A Tool for School Districts—Produced in partnership with the Grand Isle Group, this resource is a baseline, 100-day plan leaders can use to inform operational decisions about the return to school over a 100-day time period.

    The following webinars and related resources were produced in partnership with McKinsey & Company and the Council of Chief State School Officers:

    • Practical planning for fall reopening—June 25, 2020: video, presentation
    • Testing your reopening preparedness—July 9, 2020: video, presentation
    • Day-in-the-Life simulation—July 9, 2020: This resource helps systems simulate a typical school day for students, staff, and families. The resource can be used to test processes, identify gaps, refine plans, and share those plans with the community.
    • Facing the challenge: monitoring and evaluating—July 23, 2020: video, presentation
    • Insights from district leaders—August 13, 2020: Superintendent Susan Enfield of Highline Public Schools in Washington and Superintendent Robert Runcie of Broward County Public Schools in Florida discuss their planning process for supporting student learning amid COVID-19 and share their thoughts on effective leadership, communication, and decision making. video, presentation
    • Local education agency resource guide: Designing and managing school models during the pandemic—August 18, 2020

    State-Specific Resources

    • Memo: Planning for Continuity of Education—This document is organized by topics for state education agencies and school districts to consider as they continue to respond to COVID-19, plan for future closures, and reimagine fundamental policies and practices.

    The following webinars and related resources were produced in partnership with McKinsey & Company and the Council of Chief State School Officers:

    Henry County Schools

    • Insights from abroad and system-wide support for reopening—July 7, 2020: video, presentation
    • “Stress testing” the return to school—July 21, 2020: video, presentation
    • How state education agencies can plan ahead in the context of COVID-19—August 4: video, presentation
    • State education agency resource guide: Supporting local education agencies during COVID-19—August 18, 2020

    Strategic Financial Planning and Covid Resources

    The following webinars and related resources were produced in partnership with Bellwether Education Partners and Allovue.

    Guilford County Schools

    • Strategic Financial Planning & COVID-19: Session 1—September 3, 2020: This session explores best practices to support education systems in financial scenario planning within the context of COVID-19. Topics include aligning resources to organizational priorities, developing tools and processes to facilitate sound financial decision making, and evaluating trade-offs related to revenue shortfalls and increased expenses. video, presentation
    • Strategic Financial Planning & COVID-19: Session 2— September 24, 2020: This session covers some of the creative budgeting and resource-related decisions schools and districts have made in response to COVID-19 and outlines areas where policy flexibility could be beneficial. video, presentation