K-12 Pandemic Impact
This project combines the unique skillsets and approaches of the William D. Ruckelshaus Center (the Center) and the Washington State Academy of Sciences (the WSAS) to support researchers, policymakers, practitioners, and others to better address the impacts of Covid-19 on Washington’s children and apply lessons learned to future emergencies.
The project emerges from two separate, but complementary, areas of work conducted by the Center and the WSAS. The Center and the WSAS will partner in a follow-on project that implements one of the recommendations from the Learning from Responses to Covid-19 in Washington State Project (see below) initiated by the Center and builds on the convenings and proceedings of the last two WSAS annual symposia focused on Covid-19, with an emphasis on understanding and mitigating the impacts of the pandemic on children.
The pandemic dramatically interrupted K-12 education for all students across the state and led to a range of academic, social, physical, and mental and behavioral health impacts. The disruptions caused by the pandemic disproportionately impacted students and families that are low-income, from historically disadvantaged communities, immune compromised, and/or special needs.
The Center will utilize lessons learned through its interviews with leaders around the state who were deeply involved in the pandemic response to bring together policy makers, practitioners, researchers, advocates, and others to understand what is working and what is not, to share experiences and strategies, and to identify or develop initiatives and successful interventions that can best support children’s social, emotional, physical, and academic health and recovery. WSAS will identify the research base that identifies what is already known about the impacts of the pandemic on children, as well as what is still needed to be known to inform new policies, strategies, and programs. Ultimately, the project aims to inform policies and practices needed to improve the long-term social, emotional, and educational outcomes of students, especially those disproportionately impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic in Washington State.
For more information, please contact Tye Ferrell or Phyllis Shulman.