The National PTA Programs team has been evaluating the School of Excellence (SOE) program based on the COVID-19 situation and all of the school closures. Based off of valuable feedback, we have learned that not all participating PTAs in the 2019-20 School of Excellence program have access to the tools needed to complete the steps in the program process, not all can be reached now to provide updates on their status and not all of the work in Step #5 has been implemented.
Therefore, we have made the difficult decision to postpone this year’s School of Excellence program and automatically consider these 540 actively participating PTAs in the 2020-21 School of Excellence program cycle.
As you have met the program requirements up to this point, we will waive Steps # 1-4 so that your PTA can pick up on Step #5 (implementing your action plan) upon the return to school. Toward the end of the 2020-21 school year, you will be required to deploy your Final Survey and complete the Final Application to be considered for the 2020-2022 National PTA School of Excellence designation, which will be announced August 2021.
We will be opening up enrollment for other PTAs to join the 2020-21 School of Excellence program as well, but you do not need to take any action at this point. Next month, we will be reaching out to learn who will be taking over your School of Excellence program next year, as we recognize that some leaders may change.
Please know that we are honored by the work that you have done in your school communities through the School of Excellence program and, in many cases, continue to do through this crisis. Thank you for all that you do to support your school communities and ALL CHILDREN as a PTA Leader. Please continue to visit our COVID-19 PTA Resources for updated resources and information from National PTA to support you and your work.