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COVID-19 Education Recovery Planning

The Education Recovery Framework and Toolkit is designed for use by Vermont school districts when planning for and engaging in activities to address the educational impacts of COVID-19. Education Recovery guidance gives direction to school districts on how to engage in this process.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Vermont’s educators and school systems have worked hard to support their students, families and communities. School staff have strived to maintain safe and healthy schools, and developed creative and novel ways to educate, feed, and care for students during in-person, hybrid, and fully remote learning. They have developed support systems on the fly to assist students during this challenging time. The efforts of our school systems are one of the reasons why Vermont has fared better than other states in mitigating the impacts of COVID-19. These efforts are ongoing and have by and large been very successful. That success is why we can now begin planning for what Vermont’s education system will look like in the months and years ahead.

Education recovery is the next important step towards full recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The need for recovery is not an indictment of the heroic work done to reopen schools and navigate in-person, hybrid and remote education. That said, we know that we have been unable to prevent negative impacts on some students and families. The Education Recovery Framework and Toolkit  provides the planning resources school districts need to meet the requirement of Vermont's education recovery guidance.

Recovery Toolkit Contents Detailed Recovery Timeline

COVID-19 Education Recovery Toolkit Contents

  1. Framework and Overview
  2. Timeline
  3. Materials
    1. What is a Recovery Team?
    2. Recovery Plan template (word document) (PDF)
      1. ​Initial Needs Assessment
        1. ​Suggested Data Sources
        2. Suggested Key Indicators
      2. Recovery Planning and Implementation
      3. Plan Evaluation and Refinement
    3. QuickScan document for SU/SD self-assessment (word document) (PDF)
    4. Working with your State Support Team (to be published)
    5. Instructions for Retooling/Continuous Improvement (to be published)
  4. Resources
    1. Act 173 Technical Guidance: District-level EST
    2. Act 173 Technical Guidance: Local comprehensive assessment system
    3. Act 173 Technical Guidance: Coordinated curriculum
    4. Act 173 Technical Guidance: Needs-based professional learning

Detailed Education Recovery Timeline

  • March 15, 2021
    • Establish district-level Recovery Team to coordinate the recovery response.
    • Identify Recovery Coordinator to serve as the primary contact to the Agency of Education.
  • March/April, 2021
    • Gather and review data and information to inform needs assessment.
    • Assignment of State Support Teams.
  • April 15, 2021
    • Preliminary report on needs assessment and planned interventions.
  • April/May, 2021
    • Continued work on planned interventions.
    • Meeting with State Support Teams.
  • June 1, 2021
    • Final Recovery Plan submitted to Agency of Education.
  • June-August, 2021
    • Implement summer programming and finalize work to implement full Recovery Plan.
  • September, 2021
    • Implementation of full Recovery Plan.

Creating and Editing the Recovery Plan in the Grant Management System

All district administrators (superintendents) and Recovery Coordinators have permissions in the GMS to create and edit the application. If desired, a district administrator can delegate the ability to create and edit the application to additional staff, by assigning the role "leaCIP" to any staff members with a GMS account. See the GMS login page's Training section for the four page instructions and the User Management for District Administrators training video to learn how to assign this role.