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COVID-19 Reopening and Recovery: Toolkit for Districts and Schools


From equitably meeting students' increased needs, to planning new budgets, to creating safe and effective models for hybrid and fully-remote learning — the options facing districts and schools are complex and the stakes are high. As the challenges of this pandemic continue to unfold, we're here to help district and school leadership teams move from reactive decision-making to doable plans, within your community's context. This page is our homebase for COVID-19 support.

Information you can use:


Tools You Can Use Right Now

Start Here: Power Strategies

5 “power strategies” (and real-life examples) to accelerate equity-focused recovery and redesign.

See the Strategies

Do Now, Build Toward

7 crucial principles for investing ESSER funds for sustainable impact.


Do Now, Build Toward

Continuous Improvement

How a whole-system approach to continuous improvement can help districts chart a course to equity and excellence this pandemic school year


The Cost of COVID

A brief and tool for understanding the full financial impact of COVID-19 on districts and schools.

Explore the Costs


Five-Minute Reads

Budget Planning for 2021-22
Six crucial approaches to budgeting and planning for the 2021-22 school year and key considerations and advice from district leaders.

Principles for Policy-Makers
Four principles for policymakers – from Joe Biden down to state legislators – to allocate resources for education recovery

COVID is constantly evolving. See past tools and publications.


  • Navigating the Moment  |  Bright spots and focus areas from school districts' early COVID-19 responses


  • COVID Comeback Models | Concrete examples of possible student groups, schedules, and staff roles for various hybrid models
  • Decision Points  |  Guidance for choosing and adapting "COVID Comeback Models" 
  • Guiding Principles  |  10 principles to guide realistic, flexible planning that puts people first
  • Spotlight on Tulsa  |  How Tulsa Public Schools is using teams to create their back-to-school plans


  • Handling Finances  |  2 questions about pay policies and roles from early school closures
  • Key Tradeoffs Calculator  |  A tool (and video guide) to assess the feasibility and tradeoffs of your district's school models
  • Capturing FY20 Savings (or Not)  |  How COVID-related spending and saving impacted school districts' end-of-year financial position — including next steps for districts and states


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