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Calling back to school “extraordinary” is an understatement. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, school leaders are dealing with making decisions about the best way to deliver learning to their communities’ students, the changing school calendars and, above, all ensuring the safety of students, teachers and staff. In addition to this, they are also facing new demands on their budgets.
The physical and emotional strain of the COVID-19 pandemic is taking a steep toll on America's principals, with a large amount saying they are speeding up their plans to retire or otherwise leave the profession. Divisive politics and conflicting guidance on school operations may escalate departures with the profession already suffering from high burnout rates.
COVID-19 has highlighted inequities in education, but it can also be an opportunity for schools and parents to work together on solutions. Everyone involved in education is dealing with uncertainty and instability right now. The best thing we can do for our children is to collaborate on solutions that give every family what they need to access the life changing power of education.