Many families—unsatisfied with district and state school building reopening plans—are turning to “pandemic pods” as an alternative to sending their children back to in-person instruction. Public schools play a vital role in all students’ education, and pandemic pods and other home-based education programs weaken the schools’ ability to do so. For these reasons and more discussed in this report, the NEA cautions against the establishment of independent, non-public pandemic pods, micro-schools, and home education programs that are operated outside the authority of state and district public school systems.
NEA provides guidance and resources for returning to classrooms safely, and with an emphasis on racial and social justice.Learn More
Published: August 25, 2020
NEA provides guidance and resources for returning to classrooms safely, and with an emphasis on racial and social justice.
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The National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States.