COVID-19 pandemic has affected people all over the world. It has affected every sector, including the education sector. The high school superintendents have had to make very tough choices after students and teachers got affected by the coronavirus. Most, if not all, high schools have been forced to close and resort to online learning. This isn’t something the superintendents and the whole school administration had anticipated. However, measures have to be taken if at all people want to mitigate the spread of the virus. Besides, if people, including schools, stick to the set measures, the curve may flatten sooner rather than later. Principals and superintendents are looking for ways to support the students and staff during the COVID-19 crisis. They can only speculate what the post-pandemic future will look like for the education sector. However, there is a lot that the principals and superintendents can do to deal with the pandemic. Since they are in a position of power, they have a chance to positively impact the lives of the students and staff. Read on to learn how high school superintendents are dealing with coronavirus pandemic.
Focus On Students Basic Needs
As much as the pandemic has affected everyone, students who come from low-income families have been affected the most. Some of these students can’t even obtain meals without the help of the school. Food is a basic need, and school is the only place where needy students are likely to benefit from free meals and health care. Most superintendents have had to partner with health officials and volunteers to ensure that the most affected students get food. They have also found a way to connect with families to ensure they identify their needs and come up with solutions to help.
High schools have also been challenged to adopt the online classes as opposed to the physical classes. Most schools have invested in tech-enhanced learning models to help students continue with their school programs. Besides, models of the spread of COVID-19 shows that the virus might still be present for the better part of the year. High school superintendents have gone out of their way to ensure that students can benefit from online classes. However, they also recognize that students from low-income families might not have internet access, which is fundamental. Superintendents have tried to ensure that every student benefits from the same opportunities through coming up with ways to provide internet to students from low-income families.
School leaders and policymakers are also expected to work with nurses if they choose to resume school. The superintendents will have to put strict measures to ensure that the virus doesn’t spread among the students. Some of the measures include conducting a mandatory COVID-19 test for any student or staff that gets into the school. The school administration is expected to monitor the trend to protect the students and staff.
High school superintendents have had a tough time during this COVID-19 pandemic. They have been forced to make tough decisions to protect the students and staff. The good news is that they are still willing to fight and come up with solutions to help the shareholders in the education sector.