Title

A Multi-Tiered Systems of Support Blueprint for Re-Opening Schools Following COVID-19 Shutdown

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-1-2021

Publication Title

Children and Youth Services Review

Volume

122

First page number:

1

Last page number:

10

Abstract

© 2021 Elsevier Ltd The COVID-19 pandemic will create enormous disruptions for youth and families with respect to economic and health status, social relationships, and education for years to come. The process of closing and intermittently reopening schools adds to this disruption and creates confusion for parents and school officials who must balance student educational progress with health and safety concerns. One framework that may serve as a roadmap in this regard is a multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) model. This article briefly addresses four main domains of functioning (adjustment, traumatic stress, academic status, health and safety) across three tiers of support (universal, targeted, intensive). Each section draws on existing literature bases to provide specific recommendations for school officials who must address various and changing logistical, academic, and health-based challenges. The recommendations are designed to be flexible given fluctuations in the current crisis as well as focused on maximum-value targets. An MTSS approach adapted for contemporary circumstances can also be used to help address longstanding disparities that have been laid bare by the pandemic.

Keywords

Academic status; Adjustment; COVID-19; Health and safety; Multi-tiered systems of support; Traumatic stress

Disciplines

Educational Psychology | Education Policy

Language

English

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