Purpose: In this commentary, the authors consider how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted immigrant education and professional communities in schools, discussing the implications of these shifts for school leaders in the United States . Design/methodology/approach: After providing an overview of relevant issues, the authors explore four specific areas for leaders to reflect on in their work . Findings: The pandemic presents so many challenges to immigrant communities and educators . The reshaping of professional community in schools can help ameliorate these issues . Originality/value: Our commentary contributes some initial insights to the evolving equity issues emerging in the midst of pandemic.