• Planning for the 2020-2021 School Year

    The spring of 2020 brought about unprecedented changes to our society and our education system. As we look forward to the 2020-2021 school year, we anticipate that COVID-19 will continue to circulate. Students, teachers, and other school staff will be at risk for transmitting and acquiring infection. 

    It is important that everyone in the school community take steps to reduce transmission, particularly to those at high risk, while balancing the need to maintain a strong education system that effectively supports staff, students, and our community. 

    We developed this document to provide guidance around policies, practices, and strategies that schools must implement and recommendations they should consider to optimize education and promote health and safety, while mitigating risk throughout the school year.

    Planning Considerations


    • Provide guidance to OSD stakeholders regarding the reopening of schools
    • Assist leaders with understanding and prioritizing needs by using an equity lens to ensure the needs of all students are met through comprehensive planning
    • Explore alternative operational and instructional models to be responsive to traditional school site limitations with regard to social distancing


    • Develop a team to identify district- and school-level needs
    • Determine areas of focus and prioritize efforts
    • Identify available services and assets
    • Monitor implementation of plans
    • Adjust plans and services as needed
  • Section 1: Health and Safety Considerations

  • Section 2: Instructional Program

  • Section 3: Ensuring Equity, Access, and Social Emotional Wellness

  • Section 4: Communication

Last Modified on September 8, 2020