We are encouraging our staff to think beyond the current crisis to understand and mitigate its longer-term impact, says Bob Hughes.

While all students will have the opportunity to take the SAT, the impact of the coronavirus on students varies vastly based on their circumstances, says David Coleman.

"In communities most devastated by COVID-19, academic achievement is pretty far down on the priority list—this is the reality," says Wyoming state chief Jillian Balow.

It's vital that school boards make it clear that leaving students without access to meaningful instruction for 4-6 months is unacceptable, says national school board guru AJ Crabill.

"I have zero confidence that distance learning is, or will be, a meaningful substitute for school for many of our children," says Highline Public Schools Superintendent Susan Enfield.

"Unlike other crises—a hurricane, wildfire, earthquake, and worse, violence—there was no emergency plan, 'playbook,' or set of well-practiced drills for a global pandemic," says Stockton's superintendent, John Deasy.

The United States will not be able to make up the loss of learning by doing school the same old way. This will be a moment to retool who does what, when, and how in schools, says Education Resource Strategies' Karen Hawley Miles.

Hundreds of colleges have confirmed that they will continue to use AP scores as they have in the past, says the College Board's Trevor Packer.

Meant as a short-term relief measure, the federal CARES Act won't cover expenses for schools to recover from the COVID-19 crisis, says Georgetown economist Nora Gordon.

How are teachers and education leaders dealing with the coronavirus? Former superintendent Josh Starr shares what he's heard

The opinions expressed in Rick Hess Straight Up are strictly those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of Editorial Projects in Education, or any of its publications.

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