Return to Learn: Think Differently. Teach Differently. Learn Differently.
Central Rivers AEA is available to collaborate with districts to create individualized plans for each LEA, intended to meet the DE requirements for “Return to Learn” plan (due July 1) and help schools transition to a learning environment that allows seamless movement between face-to-face and distance learning (snow days, credit recovery, closures, extended student illness/medical condition, etc.).
To that end, Central Rivers AEA is gathering resources around Return to Learn plans and for reopening schools in the fall. This page is constantly being updated so check back often.
If you have any questions, please reach out to Jen Sigrist, Executive Director of Media & Innovation (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Julie Davies, Executive Director of Educational Services (email@example.com).
Resources for Return to Learn:
- Return to Learn Planning: Do first, next and when school opens. This plan provides an integrated approach to guiding questions to considers and resources that help address each question. It is updated regularly with new resources.
- Resources to Support Required Continuous Learning: A collection of resources gathered by Iowa’s AEAs around virtual continuous learning and online curriculum options.
- Return to Learn template – sample language tied to each of the 7 areas of the DE’s guidance
- The following documents have been released by the DE
- FERPA, IEPs and Virtual Learning
- e-Signatures and Special Education
- Tech Acquisition
- Tech Skills: Learner & Family and Caregivers PK – 2
- Tech Skills: Learner Grades 3 – 12
- Tech Skills: Family and Caregivers 3 – 12
- Tech Skills: Special Educator
- Tech Skills: General Educator
- Tech Skills: Paraprofessional
- Preschool Resources for Return-to-Learn
- Considerations for Preschool Programs and Services for Return-to-Learn
- Preschool Return to Learn connections
- What does virtual learning look like for our youngest learners?
- PD options for Teaching Online – layered supports to help teachers teach online.
- English Learner (EL) considerations for Return to Learn
- ISPRA Return to Learn Communication Plan
- Return to Learn – Leadership and Infrastructure
- Return to Learn Timeline Checklist
- Steps in Return to Learn Teaching & Learning Strand
- Return to Learn Supports for LEAs
- Return to Learn Supports Presentation
- Layered Supports Available for Schools about Teaching Online
Resources for reopening schools:
- Covid-19 Return to Learn posters, clings and signage
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- Safely reopening a school after a pandemic, is it possible?
- Video of a school in China – reopening protocols
- Sample Return-to-School surveys:
- Return to School Roadmap
- A Blueprint for Back to School. This article is a blueprint for reopening schools and is a collaborative effort to help think through what needs to happen between now and that moment when public health officials deem it safe for schools to reopen.
Families First Coronavirus Response Act
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires certain employers to provide employees with paid sick leave and expanded family & medical leave for specified reasons related to Covid-19. These provisions apply through December 2020. An email template is available to help district leaders notify their staff of the FFCRA and the Family and Medical Leave Act.
Resources provided by Iowa School Finance Information Services
- Twitter Storm regarding federal funding for schools to reopen this fall
- PPT presentation to District Leaders
- SBRC Letter to the Field