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Principals Share Their
Schools' Reopening Strategies

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AESP is engaged in conversations at the
national level surrounding best practices
when it comes to reopening schools for
in-person learning and keeping them open while
continuing to protect against the spread of the
coronavirus. Here's what NAESP members had to
say about what has helped their schools transition
back to in-person instruction:

* Frequent check-ins, social lessons, grace, and
leniency with do-overs.
* Daily lunch bunches with students, weekly
check-ins with students known to be at risk, and
attention to home backgrounds as teaching
takes place.
* Supplemental counseling and therapy sessions
from an outside counselor and social worker, in
addition to regular, full-time mental health and
social work staff.
* Excellence in teaching, caring adults, amazing
counselors, check-in/check-out. " Our kids need
more socialization time. This experience is going
to prove to be the worst social experiment ever.
Many, many people-and especially our kids-will
be adversely affected by not having normal social
interactions with others for years to come. "

* As much outdoor learning as possible, frequent
outdoor breaks, and opportunities for free play
that aren't normally included in the schedule.
* Brainstorming new ways to provide interventions and remediation that prioritize not just the
whole child, but the whole family.
* Doing more listening than telling, and finding
out the " why " before passing judgment on topics
such as attendance and performance concerns.

Affirm Students' Racial Identities
How do you ensure that students from all cultural and racial identities are seen and heard in your
school community? Fellow for Diversity Leadership Ryan Daniel tackled this in a recent #NAESPchat on
Twitter. Here are some ideas that surfaced in the chat:
* Utilize student focus groups;
* Create a master schedule that includes all cultural celebrations; and
* Ensure that students see themselves depicted in different murals throughout the building.

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