June 26, 2020
One more week down in 2020!
Let’s start with the most important thing first. Please stay safe out there. Our numbers across our primary region are surging. Here in Charleston, hospitals are raising the alarm about availability of ICU and other hospital beds. Other states are now urging their people not to go to Myrtle Beach as outbreaks in some states have been linked to visits there. NY, NJ, and CT are mandating quarantines for visitors from states with rising numbers.
Obviously, the state of the virus will have a profound effect on our re-opening plans. What else might have a profound effect? The budgets of our public school colleagues. This is a sobering overview of what may happen in public school budgets. The short version? They might be looking at a nearly 9% reduction in teaching staff going into one of the most challenging educational years ever.
We continue to watch what is happening in athletics as we prepare for the fall ahead. As colleges prep for regular return to campus, the numbers have been rising among their athletic programs. This piece from Forbes wonders when enough outbreaks is enough to end the return of college sports. Finally, there are some questions around the athletic waivers that higher ed has in play and raises important points we should bear in mind as we look at return to campus forms. What does good look like? This piece focusing on UGA might help. At this point, at least in SC, the virus numbers are starting to make it look like high schools sports might be off the table.
There is positive news, or at least encouraging insights. CHOP’s recent set of recommendations and the data and lessons learned from childcare centers that have stayed open throughout surges in areas like NYC imply that contagion among younger children is not as high as among adults, and they are less likely to spread the virus to adults. I highly recommend reading that CHOP report as it also has insights into the effectiveness of temperature checks and other steps.
A few pandemic related resources that might be useful to you:
Independent schools and others are continuing to work with alumni, staff, and families around racial issues. Charlotte Latin recently released these videos addressing talking about race and Latin’s history. Schools are continuing to be confronted with Instagram and other social media feeds around racial incidents in the school community. There are uplifting stories, too. And, as I mentioned at the heads’ roundtable this week where we heard from the University School of Nashville and Saint Mary’s Episcopal School in Memphis about their work around diversity, Sewanee’s new vice chancellor wrote this article for Time, really calling out the difference in these times. I also wanted to share this article, which is actually from 2019, about how working conditions in two schools impacted the working conditions for Black male teachers. Finally, I am not afraid to share something that seems random, but really is very on point. You should read everything in this paragraph, but definitely read: What does a TikTok uprising at your company look like?
Finally, on this topic, I wanted to share this webinar that ISM is providing for free. It is next Wednesday at 3:00 on how schools can respond to BLM and Black@ Instagrams.
There are some exciting ed things out there, too (dare to dream).
The Fundraising Cheat Sheet for Board Members
Trustee Table Podcast (check out the one from Dr. Jeffrey Gold)
Summer Checklist on College for the Class of 2021
Teens and Re-Opening
Five Tips for Developing a Great Parent-Child Relationship
In COVID Teaching Limbo? Check Out Hyperdocs
For Teachers: Summer Learning During Turbulent Times
Seven Takeaways From our Experiences with Distance Learning
A Teacher’s Take on Surviving Distance Learning
All Teachers Must Improve “Racial Literacy” in Order to Teach Children to be Anti-Racist
Teachers are People, Too. Examining the Bias of Teachers Compared with Other American Adults
And that’s all I have for you at the moment… I hope you are enjoying a bit of a break in the action and I look forward to seeing online soon!
Schools have rigorous student abuse prevention protocols, but sometimes concerns do come up. This recorded session addressed navigating tricky situations including steps to take, whether to report, and who does the reporting.
natives to help you appropriately support young people as they encounter and master these digital skills. The message: limiting or monitoring technology is no substitute for mentoring and engagement. Led by Devorah Heitner (Raising Digital Natives).