The following table contains all resources for Alaska Smart Start 2020. Use the Category menu to select filter by specific category of posts:

  • SmartStart-Capacity: School operation and staffing
  • SmartStart-Conditions: Healthy and supportive schools
  • SmartStart-Continuity: Instruction for all students
  • SmartStart-District: Smart Start plans submitted by Alaskan school district
  • SmartStart-General: General Resources
  • SmartStart-Sample: Plans and resources from other states

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Alaska Smart Start 2020 Toolkit
Alaska Smart Start 2020 ToolkitCustomizable resources to support schools and districts as they plan for teaching and learning. These resources have been created, reviewed, and/or assembled by DEED and DHSS staff.SmartStart-GeneralAugust 29, 2020smartstart-general
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Alaska Smart Start 2020 Framework Guidance ReferenceFull framework guidance reference document from DEED for Alaska Smart Start 2020.SmartStart-General, Updates for LeadershipJuly 28, 2020smartstart-general leaders-updates
Checklist for School Risk Mitigation Plans
Checklist for School Risk Mitigation PlansSmartStart-ConditionsJuly 27, 2020smartstart-conditions
Recommended Health Screening for Students and Staff
Recommended Health Screening for Students and StaffSmartStart-ConditionsJuly 27, 2020smartstart-conditions
Out Sick Flow Chart
Out Sick Flow ChartSmartStart-ConditionsJuly 27, 2020smartstart-conditions
When Can my Child Return to School?
When Can my Child Return to School?SmartStart-ConditionsJuly 27, 2020smartstart-conditions
Health & Safety Protocols
Health & Safety ProtocolsSmartStart-ConditionsJuly 23, 2020smartstart-conditions
Final Conditions for Learning Family Partnerships
Final Conditions for Learning Family PartnershipsSmartStart-ConditionsJuly 23, 2020smartstart-conditions
Final Conditions for learning Trauma Engaged Practices and Social Emotional Needs
Final Conditions for learning Trauma Engaged Practices and Social Emotional NeedsSmartStart-ConditionsJuly 23, 2020smartstart-conditions
AK Smart Start 2020 District Plans Tracker
AK Smart Start 2020 District Plans TrackerSpreadsheet source tracker for AK Smart Start 2020 district plans.SmartStart-GeneralJuly 16, 2020smartstart-general
2020 Census
2020 CensusAn opportunity to shape the future of the Alaska Native community. Please help us ensure Native communities, families, and individuals are accurately counted by following three easy steps.SmartStart-ConditionsJuly 16, 2020smartstart-conditions
AK Smart Start 2020: Summer Summit
AK Smart Start 2020: Summer SummitThe Alaska Smart Start 2020 Summer Summit is a virtual, multi-day professional development event starting August 4th, 2020SmartStart-GeneralJuly 16, 2020smartstart-general
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Archive of Alaska’s Smart Start June 2020 Webinar SeriesArchive of the June 2020 webinar series organized by the Alaska Dept. of Education and the R16 Comprehensive Center to help schools through planning for Alaska Smart Start 2020.SmartStart-GeneralMay 21, 2020smartstart-general
Restart and Recovery: Supporting Continuity of Health Services During COVID-19
Restart and Recovery: Supporting Continuity of Health Services During COVID-19This brief provides an overview of guidance and other actions by state education and health agencies to ensure continuity of school-provided health services amid the COVID-19 crisis.SmartStart-CapacityJuly 13, 2020smartstart-capacity
Addressing the Digital Learning Gap
Addressing the Digital Learning GapAs schools react to the pandemic and prepare for the new normal of blended learning – which refers to the flexible combination of face-to-face and online instruction – this is …SmartStart-CapacityJuly 13, 2020smartstart-capacity
Restart and Recovery: Serving Students with Disabilities During COVID-19
Restart and Recovery: Serving Students with Disabilities During COVID-19The purpose of this document is to compile resources and information for state leaders on the education of students with disabilities during the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) global pandemic.SmartStart-ContinuityJuly 13, 2020smartstart-continuity
Restart and Recovery: Supporting SEL and Mental Health During COVID-19
Restart and Recovery: Supporting SEL and Mental Health During COVID-19As states and local communities across the country grapple with the unprecedented changes brought on by coronavirus (COVID-19), it is critical to ensure that state education agencies (SEAs), district and …SmartStart-ConditionsJuly 13, 2020smartstart-conditions
Restart and Recovery Plan: Serving English Language Learners During COVID-19
Restart and Recovery Plan: Serving English Language Learners During COVID-19This resource draws on a resource created by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) that is based on guidance compiled from state education agencies and national and local …SmartStart-ContinuityJuly 13, 2020smartstart-continuity
Reunite, Renew and Thrive: SEL Roadmap for Reopening School
Reunite, Renew and Thrive: SEL Roadmap for Reopening SchoolThe SEL Roadmap is designed to support school leaders and leadership teams in planning for the transition back to schools, in whatever form that takes.SmartStart-ConditionsJuly 10, 2020smartstart-conditions
CARES Act Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
CARES Act Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)These questions and answers are in response to the CARES Act’s Education Stabilization Fund Programs: 1.) the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSERF), and 2.) the Governor’s Emergency …SmartStart-ConditionsJuly 10, 2020smartstart-conditions
FAQs for Governor Dunleavy's Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER)
FAQs for Governor Dunleavy’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER)The purpose of this document is to answer Frequently Asked Questions about the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER Fund)SmartStart-ConditionsJuly 10, 2020smartstart-conditions
CDC Issues Tools To Guide Reopening Of Schools, Businesses, Transit
CDC Issues Tools To Guide Reopening Of Schools, Businesses, TransitThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a set of documents designed to provide guidance on how child care centers, schools, restaurants and bars, and other establishments could begin …SmartStart-ConditionsJuly 10, 2020smartstart-conditions
Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility
Cleaning and Disinfecting Your FacilityProvide guidance for cleaning and disinfecting all core assets.SmartStart-ConditionsJuly 10, 2020smartstart-conditions
A Return to School Roadmap: Facilities
A Return to School Roadmap: FacilitiesIn consideration of Welcome Back planning, here is a summary of the general guidance outlined for facilities, compiled from both the district leaders and school leaders levels.SmartStart-ConditionsJuly 10, 2020smartstart-conditions
CCSSO Details Additional Forthcoming Restart & Recovery Resources
CCSSO Details Additional Forthcoming Restart & Recovery ResourcesAs state chiefs across the country work to conduct summer learning programming and planning for the fall, we hear a common refrain: While school may look different, our focus remains …SmartStart-GeneralJuly 13, 2020smartstart-general
CDC Releases Guidance for Reopening Schools, Social Distancing on School Buses
CDC Releases Guidance for Reopening Schools, Social Distancing on School BusesCDC recommends in its updated safety practices for schools and the school environment measures applicable to school buses.SmartStart-ConditionsJuly 10, 2020smartstart-conditions
8 Tips for Cleaning School Buses in the Age of Coronavirus
8 Tips for Cleaning School Buses in the Age of CoronavirusSchool Fleet Management shares steps schools and bus companies need to take to help ensure the buses their students ride in are as hygienically clean as possible.SmartStart-ConditionsJuly 10, 2020smartstart-conditions
CDC: Considerations for Bus Drivers
CDC: Considerations for Bus DriversCDC offers bus drivers guidance regarding COVID-19.SmartStart-ConditionsJuly 10, 2020smartstart-conditions
CDC: Considerations for Schools
CDC: Considerations for SchoolsCDC offers schools recommendations for maintaining healthy environments. If transport vehicles (e.g., buses) are used by the school, drivers should practice all safety actions and protocols as indicated for other …SmartStart-ConditionsJuly 10, 2020smartstart-conditions
Bus Operators and Transit Authorities – COVID 19 Guidance
Bus Operators and Transit Authorities – COVID 19 GuidanceBus Operators and Transit Authorities – COVID 19 Guidance. This guidance is more for transit authorities but may have some guidelines you want to review for school bus safety.SmartStart-ConditionsJuly 10, 2020smartstart-conditions
National Association for Pupil Transportation Guidelines
National Association for Pupil Transportation GuidelinesNational Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) includes suggestions for local statements, general guidance, webinars and resources.SmartStart-ConditionsJuly 10, 2020smartstart-conditions
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Capacities for Learning – Elements for FrameworkWhat CAPACITIES for school operation and staffing will our schools need to maintain?SmartStart-CapacityJune 1, 2020smartstart-capacity
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Continuity of Learning – Elements for FrameworkAmid continuing risk from COVID-19, how will Alaskan schools ensure CONTINUITY of instruction for all students?SmartStart-ContinuityJune 1, 2020smartstart-continuity
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Conditions for Learning – Elements for FrameworkWhat CONDITIONS for healthy and supportive schools are Alaskan districts including in their Smart Start 2020 plan?SmartStart-ConditionsJune 1, 2020smartstart-conditions
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Alaska’s Smart Start Framework Quick-RefA quick reference of the graphical framework for Alaska’s Smart Start 2020.SmartStart-General, Updates for LeadershipJune 1, 2020smartstart-general leaders-updates
Ten Return to School Equity Strategies
Ten Return to School Equity StrategiesThese ten equity strategies from Virginia’s Recover, Redesign, Restart plan may inform districts in planning for continuity of learning.SmartStart-ContinuityJune 19, 2020smartstart-continuity
Classroom Distancing Strategy: Triangular Template for Teachers
Classroom Distancing Strategy: Triangular Template for TeachersArchitects share seating option templates for teachers addressing COVID physical distancing needs.SmartStart-CapacityJune 19, 2020smartstart-capacity
Wishbone Flex Option Attendance Plan for Social Distancing
Wishbone Flex Option Attendance Plan for Social DistancingGreenville County Schools shares their flexible options attendance plan for social distancing.SmartStart-CapacityJune 19, 2020smartstart-capacity
Louisiana's Strong Start 2020 Planning Guidance
Louisiana’s Strong Start 2020 Planning GuidanceSmartStart-GeneralJune 19, 2020smartstart-general
School Meal Programs by Risk
School Meal Programs by RiskImplement standard operating procedures while taking preventative measuresSmartStart-ConditionsJune 15, 2020smartstart-conditions
An Initial guide to Leveraging the Power of Social and Emotional learning as You Prepare to Reopen and Renew Your School Community
An Initial guide to Leveraging the Power of Social and Emotional learning as You Prepare to Reopen and Renew Your School Community“In this guide, CASEL shares a framework with actionable recommendations to help school leadership teams plan for the SEL needs of all students and adults during the upcoming transition into …SmartStart-ContinuityJune 1, 2020smartstart-continuity
Addressing Building Safety, Cleaning & Monitoring
Addressing Building Safety, Cleaning & MonitoringThis document provides information gathered from a variety of sources on the topics of: school reopening, considerations for teachers and staff, building cleaning, screening as well as social distancing and …SmartStart-ConditionsJune 3, 2020smartstart-conditions
Virtual Summer School State Guidance for District and School Leaders
Virtual Summer School State Guidance for District and School LeadersThe purpose of the Virtual Summer School Guidance for District and School Leaders is to provide States with guidance that their local education agencies can use as they plan summer …SmartStart-ContinuityJune 3, 2020smartstart-continuity
CDC Considerations for Youth Sports
CDC Considerations for Youth SportsThe CDC offers guidance in order to help lower the risk of COVID-19 exposure and reduce the spread during competition and practice.SmartStart-CapacityJune 1, 2020smartstart-capacity
Pandemic Planning for Distance Learning: Scenarios and Considerations for PreK– 12 Education Leaders
Pandemic Planning for Distance Learning: Scenarios and Considerations for PreK– 12 Education LeadersAs educators with expertise in designing, planning for, and implementing learning experiences using online tools and digital materials, we have created this resource to clarify the various types of distance …SmartStart-SampleMay 28, 2020smartstart-sample
A Recovery Curriculum: Loss and Life for our children and schools post pandemic
A Recovery Curriculum: Loss and Life for our children and schools post pandemic“Now is the time to return to more humane approaches concerned with the fundamental wellbeing, and secure positive development of the child. Without this there will be no results that …SmartStart-ConditionsMay 27, 2020smartstart-conditions
Interim Guidance for Schools - May 2020
Interim Guidance for Schools – May 2020Starting on page 45 of this guidance document, the CDC offers recommendations to keep communities safe when returning to brick-and-mortar schooling.SmartStart-ConditionsMay 26, 2020smartstart-conditions
Instructional Continuity Plan for Emergency School Closures
Instructional Continuity Plan for Emergency School ClosuresThe School Board of Sumter County, Florida, shares their Instructional Continuity Plan (ICP) which has three components: Content Delivery, Mobile Devices, and Internet Access.SmartStart-SampleMay 21, 2020smartstart-sample
Hillsborough Schools Coronavirus Response Plan
Hillsborough Schools Coronavirus Response PlanHillsborough County Public Schools developed an eLearning Contingency Plan to ensure students have access to high quality learning opportunities at home in the event it would be necessary to close …SmartStart-SampleMay 21, 2020smartstart-sample
Forging a Path Forward: How to Design a Responsive Return Plan
Forging a Path Forward: How to Design a Responsive Return PlanIn our guide, How to Design a Responsive Return Plan, we highlight the opportunity to design for equity, outline the leadership “rules,” habits, and competencies that drive success, and offer …SmartStart-GeneralMay 21, 2020smartstart-general
Considerations for Reopening Schools
Considerations for Reopening SchoolsThe Educational Service Center of Central Ohio developed a checklist with key questions that school leaders need to consider in preparing for the 2020-2021 school year.SmartStart-GeneralMay 21, 2020smartstart-general
State unveils 'playbook' for school return; educators begin learning how to secure virus funds
State unveils ‘playbook’ for school return; educators begin learning how to secure virus fundsArkansas Education Secretary Johnny Key on Thursday unveiled a “Back to School Playbook” compiled by some 130 educators.SmartStart-SampleMay 21, 2020smartstart-sample
Back to School Playbook: a Reentry and Reengagement Plan
Back to School Playbook: a Reentry and Reengagement PlanIn an effort to support educators in reopening schools during this unprecedented time, a task force was formed to create resources to support the reengagement of ALL students in the …SmartStart-SampleMay 21, 2020smartstart-sample
BC’s relaunch plan estimates students will return to classes in the fall
BC’s relaunch plan estimates students will return to classes in the fallSchools in British Columbia begin to set out a 5 stage approach to reopening schools.SmartStart-SampleMay 19, 2020smartstart-sample
Building the Future Now: Deciding What to Cut, What to Keep and What to Create
Building the Future Now: Deciding What to Cut, What to Keep and What to CreateThroughout the world, educators face a critical challenge: how to design aspirational and future forward (post-pandemic) learning experiences rather than a temporary fix (triage). Heidi Hayes Jacobs and Allison Zmuda …SmartStart-ContinuityMay 14, 2020smartstart-continuity
What School Reopening Looks Like Around the World
What School Reopening Looks Like Around the WorldHere’s a look at how other countries have addressed the challenges of reopening schools in this new reality.SmartStart-ConditionsMay 14, 2020smartstart-conditions
Louisiana's Strong Start 2020 Plan
Louisiana’s Strong Start 2020 PlanLouisiana state department of education shares planning guides for K-12 and Early Childhood. They provide specific resources for core academics, workforce talent, students with diverse needs, and school systems.SmartStart-SampleMay 14, 2020smartstart-sample
Maryland Together: Maryland's Recovery Plan for Education
Maryland Together: Maryland’s Recovery Plan for EducationThe Maryland Together: Recovery Plan for Education contains a wealth of information that can be used as a point of reference by school leaders, students, and school communities. Through the …SmartStart-SampleMay 13, 2020smartstart-sample
Secretary DeVos Reiterates Learning Must Continue for All Students, Declines to Seek Congressional Waivers to FAPE, LRE Requirements of IDEA
Secretary DeVos Reiterates Learning Must Continue for All Students, Declines to Seek Congressional Waivers to FAPE, LRE Requirements of IDEAUS Secretary of Education addresses Congressional waivers. While she declines to seek waivers for FAPE and LRE requirements for IDEA, she is seeking Congressional waivers regarding authorities relating to the …SmartStart-CapacityMay 12, 2020smartstart-capacity
Implementation of Mitigation Strategies for Communities with Local COVID-19 Transmission
Implementation of Mitigation Strategies for Communities with Local COVID-19 TransmissionCDC offers staged guidance for health and safety of gatherings.SmartStart-ConditionsMay 12, 2020smartstart-conditions
Restart and Recovery Plan: Addressing Building Safety, Cleaning, and Monitoring
Restart and Recovery Plan: Addressing Building Safety, Cleaning, and MonitoringCCSSO shares a DRAFT plan focused on Conditions of Learning.SmartStart-ConditionsMay 12, 2020smartstart-conditions
Continuity of Learning Resources
Continuity of Learning ResourcesThe Comprehensive Center Network has gathered a collection of resources specifically for Continuity of Learning.SmartStart-ContinuityMay 12, 2020smartstart-continuity
A Blueprint for Back to School
A Blueprint for Back to SchoolEducationNext shares a compilation of health and education reports to guide planning in reopening schools.SmartStart-GeneralMay 12, 2020smartstart-general
Where Public Education and Public Health Meet
Where Public Education and Public Health MeetOpportunity Labs presents a complete Return to School Roadmap. It provides research-based guidance specifically for District Leaders and School Leaders on areas including governance, wellness, instruction, postsecondary, facilities, school operations, …SmartStart-GeneralMay 12, 2020smartstart-general
Johns Hopkins Phased Guidance
Johns Hopkins Phased GuidanceJohns Hopkins school of Public Health released these principles for a phased reopening during COVID-19: Guidance for Governors.SmartStart-GeneralMay 7, 2020smartstart-general
CCSSO Framework for Restart
CCSSO Framework for RestartCCSSO Releases Framework to Assist State Education Leaders in Planning for Restart of Schools.SmartStart-GeneralMay 7, 2020smartstart-general