Exploring School Community During the COVID-19 Emergency School Closure: Case Study of a Los Angeles County Middle School
Elizabeth Reilly, Ed.D.
With the COVID-19 mandated closures of thousands of schools, students who may have depended on the support, guidance, and community of schools may now be isolated from these resources while participating in emergency distance teaching. This case study explores the school community’s changes at one Los Angeles County public middle school from March 16 to May 28, 2020. This study investigated the school site community’s barriers and the possible formation of an e-school community. Semi-structured interviews of an administrator, the instructional coach, the school psychologist, eight teachers, and eight parents lead the data collection. A collection of pertinent public documents and participant researcher input followed. Results provide a snapshot of the school community before emergency mandated COVID-19 closure, participants’ recollections of the school community during the closure, and their reflections and reactions to the closures. Data analysis utilizes a conceptual framework developed to capture e-school community access and engagement. Outcomes from this study illustrate the need for additional supports for student mental health, investment in universal access to reliable internet service, and the importance of physical school outreach during times of crisis.
Minckler, Sydney, "Exploring School Community During the COVID-19 Emergency School Closure: Case Study of a Los Angeles County Middle School" (2021). May 3, 2021 - 2021 Doctoral Research. 4.