A Plan to Reopen Schools in 2021–2022

Surveying Educators

In late April 2020, the Region 3 Comprehensive Center (R3CC) joined forces with the Regional Educational Laboratory – Northeast and the Islands (REL-NEI) to develop a needs assessment survey. The survey was distributed in early May 2020 to educators in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and was intended to help determine what was needed to get education moving forward again in the era of COVID-19.

The survey data revealed a strong need for:

  • assistance with digital instruction
  • social emotional learning
  • support for our most vulnerable populations during this difficult time in our educational history
  • help with reopening schools later this year

To respond to these needs, the R3CC led an effort to develop a reopening guidebook for the 2020–2021 school year, but it is still relevant for reopening schools this year.

The Reopening Guidebook

Reopening Instructional Programs for Our Most Vulnerable Students: A Reopening Guidebook for the 2020–2021 School Year includes evidence-based practices compiled by the Regional Educational Laboratories throughout the United States in a variety of areas, and provides specific strategies targeting:

  • Digital learning
  • English learners in U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Spanish learners in Puerto Rico
  • Pre-kindergarten
  • Parental support
  • Social emotional learning
  • Students with disabilities

Available in both English and Spanish, the guidebook is not intended to be an exhaustive list addressing every possible scenario; rather, it is intended as a resource for what is likely needed based on the survey.

Download the guidebook:

English Version  Versión en Español

The R3CC hopes you will find the information useful and distribute the guidebook widely to get it in the hands of educators at every level of the system. Our wish is for the successful reopening of schools this year, especially for our most vulnerable students.