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School Superintendents Confront COVID-19—“There Are No Good Options for Next Year”

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To understand the risks and challenges facing superintendents confronting COVID-19
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If Susan Enfield, EdD, had a nickel for every time someone in recent weeks told her they wouldn’t want her job, she’d be a wealthy woman.

Enfield is the superintendent of Highline Public Schools, which serves more than 17 000 students in suburban Seattle. She’s been losing sleep over how to prevent those students—who haven’t been inside a classroom since March 12—from falling further behind academically, given that the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic shows no sign of waning, let alone ending, by the time school resumes September 3.

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If Susan Enfield, EdD, had a nickel for every time someone in recent weeks told her they wouldn’t want her job, she’d be a wealthy woman.

Enfield is the superintendent of Highline Public Schools, which serves more than 17 000 students in suburban Seattle. She’s been losing sleep over how to prevent those students—who haven’t been inside a classroom since March 12—from falling further behind academically, given that the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic shows no sign of waning, let alone ending, by the time school resumes September 3.

“There are no good options for next year,” Enfield said in an interview. “There is no scenario in the fall that doesn’t break your heart.”

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