Annette C. Anderson: Build trust with consistent messaging
Last spring, as President Joe Biden urged states to prioritize COVID-19 vaccinations for teachers, a new Johns Hopkins tracking tool revealed the massive disconnect between that priority and states’ actual school reopening plans.
The eSchool+ Teacher & School Staff COVID-19 Vaccination Dashboard provides state-by-state information on reopening status, teacher vaccination policies, and other vital data—including if a state is monitoring uptake of vaccines by teachers and school staff as well as acceptance and refusal rates—data that is not currently being tracked anywhere else.
That information really matters to school families, says Annette C. Anderson, deputy director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Safe and Healthy Schools and co-founder of the eSchool+ Initiative, a collaboration between the Johns Hopkins Consortium for School-Based Health Solutions, Berman Institute of Bioethics, and schools of Education, Medicine, and Public Health.
“While many well-resourced parents are trusting the reopening process, other families are saying, ‘We’re not sure our children will be safe in schools,’” says Anderson. “This dashboard provides data that can help rebuild trust among all families and play an important role in having children back in schools.”
The eSchool+ Initiative has built a suite of datasets that provide educators with detailed information on how school districts have responded to pandemic-related issues. In partnership with the World Bank and UNICEF, it also recently launched the COVID-19 Global Education Recovery Tracker, which monitors the pandemic’s impact on response and recovery for students around the world.
This dashboard provides data that can help rebuild trust among all families and play an important role in having children back in schools.
Annette C. Anderson, PhD
Deputy director, Johns Hopkins Center for Safe and Healthy Schools
Co-founder, eSchool+ Initiative
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Many parents are frustrated by the ambiguous, sometimes contradictory messaging that informs their education decisions, Anderson said. “There is continually this question of where to go for solid information they can trust.”
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Annette Anderson tells CNN it’s important to keep in mind that the CDC has encouraged but not mandated a return to classrooms. What’s needed now is not a rushed return, she says, but a “nuanced” process that should have most kids back “by fall.”
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CENTER FOR SAFE AND HEALTHY SCHOOLS
Driven by the belief that all students deserve to go to school in environments where they can learn and thrive, the Johns Hopkins Center for Safe and Healthy Schools takes on the complex, urgent issue of school safety with comprehensive, evidence-based solutions focused on student well-being and learning success.
At the forefront of the conversation in the midst of the ongoing pandemic, schools need not only to reopen in a way that protects safety and health, but also to find new ways to help students make up for losses of learning and support systems. eSchool+ resources can help.
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