May 21, 2020

Updates from US Department of Education

Danielle Smith
Comprehensive Center Program Manager
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Over the last two weeks, the Department of Education and other federal agencies have released guidance to support schools, educators, and families regarding COVID-19.  Some of those resources include, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guidance for School Settings, Resources for Institutions of Higher Education, Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund’s: Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students reporting, and the Education Stabilization Fund Formula Grants to Outlying Areas. Additionally, Vice President Pence, Secretary DeVos, and the White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx held a call with higher education leaders last week where they discussed America’s response to COVID-19 and a phased economic revival, as well as best practices to get students back to school in the fall. 

Fact Sheet: Providing Services to English Learners During the COVID-19 Outbreak

On May 18, the Department released a fact sheet that outlines States’ responsibilities to English learners (ELs) and their parents during the extended school closures and, in some cases, the move to remote learning due to the national emergency caused by the novel Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). A local educational agency (LEA) should collaborate with its State educational agency (SEA) and local public health department, as appropriate, in implementing the guidance provided at the link above.

Fact Sheet: Addressing the Risk of COVID-19 While Serving Migratory Children

On May 11, the Department released a fact sheet that provides useful information to assist SEAs and LEAs in determining how to continue to identify eligible migratory children and provide services to address their needs, while taking into consideration the health, safety, and well-being of staff and migratory families.

For additional information and guidance related to the COVID-19 pandemic, please see: