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Education policies most relevant during the COVID-19 pandemic according to the AAE


The Association of American Educators (AAE) has compiled resources for five areas of education policy that are most relevant during the COVID-19 pandemic: (1) general education, (2) special education, (3) mental health and HIPAA, (4) securing online learning, and (5) equity and COVID-19.

  1. General Education: AAE brings awareness to the Department of Education’s website for general school considerations (a), as well as ExelinEd for updates about state-by-state decisions on re-openings (b) and FutureEd for tracking state legislation on coronavirus (c).

  2. www.ed.gov/coronavirus

  3. www.excelined.org/covid-19

  4. www.future-ed.org/tracking-state-legislation-on-the-coronavirus

  5. Special Education: AAE provides the Department of Education’s Fact Sheet about navigating COVID-19 in schools while serving children with disabilities (a), in addition to the Association of University Center on Disabilities’ Disability Policy News updates (b).

  6. https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/frontpage/faq/rr/policyguidance/Supple%20Fact%20Sheet%203.21.20%20FINAL.pdf?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=

  7. https://www.aucd.org/template/page.cfm?id=164

  8. Mental Health & HIPAA: AAE highlights the National Center for School Mental Health for policies and programs for students’ mental health needs (a) and the US Department of Health & Human Services’ waivers for disability-related services (b).

  9. http://www.schoolmentalhealth.org/COVID-19/

  10. https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-professionals/special-topics/hipaa-covid19/index.html

  11. Securing Online Learning: AAE spotlighted an article on data privacy concerns and ways to secure Zoom classrooms (a).

  12. https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2020/03/26/massive-shift-to-remote-learning-prompts-big.html, https://www.zdnet.com/article/make-sure-your-zoom-meetings-are-safe-by-doing-these-10-things/

  13. Equity and COVID-19: For Civil Rights and Affordable Lunch Resources, AAE highlights: U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (a).

  14. https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/ocr-coronavirus-fact-sheet.pdf) and US Deparmtent. of Agriculture (https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2020/03/10/secretary-perdue-announces-proactive-flexibilities-feed-children

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