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Diagnosing the School Nurse Shortage
As schools across the country grapple with the myriad challenges of operating during the COVID-19 pandemic, school nurses and their role in stemming the spread of the novel coronavirus have found themselves in the spotlight. This scrutiny has also served to highlight a problem that long predated the pandemic: the school nurse shortage.
[Infographic] A Not-Quite-True 2020 Retrospective
Remember Tiger King? Or all that sourdough starter your neighbor bought for their new hobby? Hard as it is to believe, that was just months ago. We’ve broken down 2020 by the numbers — check out this year-in-review infographic, and pat yourself on the back for making it this far.Continue Reading
Teacher Absences & Subs
Talk Data to Me: Reasons for Teacher Absences in 2020
Previously on Talk Data to Me, we examined COVID-19’s impact on teacher absences throughout the spring. Between March and the end of the school year, most school districts across the country had migrated to virtual learning models, and during that time the number of absences requiring a substitute plummeted. So far during the 2020-21 school year, some districts have chosen to fully reopen, some are continuing with virtual learning, and others are operating somewhere in between, with a hybrid model.
How to Leverage Your IEP Service Tracking System for Better Progress Monitoring
School districts need to monitor student progress to assess student outcomes, submit mandated state and federal reports, and in many states, claim Medicaid reimbursements. But progress monitoring can also be used to help identify and support requests for additional staffing needs or pinpoint professional development gaps.Continue Reading
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Recruiting & Hiring
Talk Data to Me: Good News for K-12 Recruiting and Hiring
Previously on Talk Data to Me, we used data from the Frontline Research & Learning Institute to explore how COVID-19 has impacted K-12 hiring. In short, though January and February of this year looked almost identical to the same months in 2019 and 2018, the data quickly and markedly departed from the previous years immediately following the president’s March 13 National Emergency declaration.Continue Reading
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Talk Data to Me: Why Substitute Engagement Matters More Than Ever This Year
Students may still be out for the summer in many parts of the US, but administrators and school officials are hard at work, planning for the start of a school year for which few feel ready. Though the list of COVID-related apprehensions is long, a potentially unprecedented number of teacher absences is near the top.Continue Reading
Is It Legal to Collect Employee Health Data?
As states and schools craft plans for whether and how to reopen in the fall, one critical element to such plans is how COVID-19 symptoms and cases are tracked. But you may wonder, is it even legal to collect and track this data?Continue Reading
What School Nurses Want You to Consider Before Re-Opening K-12 Schools During COVID-19
Robin Cogan is a school nurse in Camden, NJ and the author of the blog The Relentless School Nurse. In a recent episode of Frontline’s Field Trip podcast, Robin discussed questions school leaders would need to answer as they consider re-opening. Where do kids go when they don’t feel well, skin their knees, or have a sore throat while at school? To see the nurse, of course. But when schools begin to re-open this fall, school is going to be a much different place.Continue Reading
33 Questions Every School Should Answer as You Prepare to Reopen
The most common question right now in the education sector is: what will school look like next year? In my own district, I have answered that for six weeks with a simple response: I don’t know. In recent days that has started to shift as the added uncertainty was creating anxiety, frustration, and even animosity at times.Continue Reading
Talk Data to Me: Absence Management During COVID-19
In the last installment of Talk Data to Me, we looked at how COVID-19 has significantly impacted K-12 hiring. Below, we will again leverage data from the Frontline Research & Learning Institute, this time to show how COVID-19 has impacted teacher absences.Continue Reading