The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in Gov. Whitmer (EO 2020-35) suspending in-person instruction for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. In response, districts have designed and implemented Continuity of Learning and COVID-19 Response Plans (COLP) in order to provide each student with alternative modes of instruction to help them stay on pace in their learning.
“The most likely implication of school closures relates to equity. Students who come from well resourced families will fare much better than those from lower resourced families. The effect of home resources is powerful (d = .51) compared to summer vacation effect (d = -.02).” (John Hattie Blog Post, April 7, 2020)”
As Districts progress monitor implementation of their COLP, it is essential to mediate accessibility and engagement gaps that may be exacerbated between low and high-income students, and students with and without adequate devices, cellular services, internet access, and/or transportation to pick up packets. In addition, districts need to be mindful that as the rigor, accountability, and the expectation for progress increases for General Education students, so too does our Special Education obligation toward full implementation of FAPE for students with disabilities, as described in their IEP or 504 plan.
As districts reflect, rethink and refine their COLP, MASSP encourages consideration of an equitable, and FREE mobile “Solution” that addresses accessibility, FAPE, progress monitoring, and local capacity in a:
- Safe way to meet the state requirements for both remote learning within their CLP and EDP’s.
- Secure way for teachers and counselors to stay connected and engaged in SEL.
- Simple way to demonstrate attendance, engagement and impact on student achievement and growth.
- Sustainable way to help students build career awareness, skills, and competencies.