14 major challenges principals face as COVID continues

In March 2020, NAESP surveyed its members to learn how COVID-19 had impacted their schools. In July 2020, NAESP performed a follow-up study to gain insights into how principals were viewing school reopenings. Now, at the midway point in the academic year, NAESP has actually once again connected to its members to gain insight into how schools are securely carrying out classes and whether the required funding is in place to properly react to the effects of the pandemic.

Beginning in March 2020, when the coronavirus pandemic closed down schools across the country, NAESP has wanted to its members to comprehend what is happening on the ground in schools.

” The outcomes of this survey reaffirm the massive challenges that principals are facing in trying to lead learning communities in the middle of a pandemic,” states NAESP Executive Director L. Earl Franks, Ed.D., CAE. “Whether it is carrying out procedures to keep personnel and trainees safe, trying to make sure trusted house web access for students, attending to student knowing loss, or improving mental health and injury sensitivity supports for students, principals are having to do more with less. The COVID-19 relief plan that Congress just recently passed is a great first step to assist schools in the short-term, but for school leaders to properly react in the coming months, extra federal support is urgently required.”

This most current study, conducted in late December 2020, consists of 860 actions from NAESP members– middle and primary school principals and assistant principals from across the country.

Since the 2020-2021 academic year started, school principals have needed to change their knowing mode, and leading concerns remain security, presence, financing, and learning loss, according to a survey from National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP).

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Laura Ascione

Laura Ascione is the Editorial Director, Content Services at eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Marylands distinguished Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura

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