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Reopening California Schools: Essential Commitments

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The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the landscape of California public education more dramatically than any other phenomenon in our state's history. In response, the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) convened a "School Reopening Planning Group" to help ensure that pandemic recovery efforts advance student equity. The group grounded its work in a set of "Essential Commitments to Equitable Education" (below) that we all need to make to each other, and especially our students, as we work together to plan for the reopening of schools and the next phases of our pandemic recovery. The Essential Commitments provide an excellent starting point for grounding pandemic recovery planning conversations among public education stakeholders. OUR ESSENTIAL COMMITMENTS TO EQUITABLE EDUCATION As the state's 1,000-plus school districts and their partners work to co-create plans for the reopening of schools, these essential commitments provide a basis for effective collaboration in order to fully support students. School may look different, but our commitment to student equity is unwavering. Working together, we will: 1. Make the health and safety of students and staff our top priority. 2. Engage and collaborate with our partners during all phases of re-entry planning and implementation. 3. Support teachers across all grade levels and courses to focus their instruction so every student masters essential standards through direct instruction (in-person or virtual) received on a regular basis. 4. Assess student learning to ensure that students are progressing and engaged, and to proactively support meeting every student's academic progress. 5. Support the physical and mental well-being of students, integrating social-emotional learning into our academic core. 6. Support the social and emotional needs of our staff members, and we will provide them with time and support they will need for professional learning, reflection, and collaboration. 7. Sustain effective services for our students with special and exceptional needs. 8. Support parents/families as they engage in their students' education and learning, including keeping students and their parents/families informed of student progress. 9. Support effective governance systems that maximize engagement, public safety, and instructional innovation. 10. Rise to meet this moment and come back stronger together. The ACSA School Reopening Planning Group's full report provides a Call to Action, scenario planning tools, and an extensive set of recommendations. It can be located at: REOPENING CALIFORNIA SCHOOLS: Essential Commitments ASSOCIATION OF CALIFORNIA SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS

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