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Responding to the Coronavirus

NSBA continues to diligently monitor the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on schools, students, and everyone across the country.

We advise public schools and education leaders to follow federal, state, and local health authorities’ guidelines on current measures to prevent and respond to the coronavirus.

Below you will find resources and information that we hope you will find helpful. We will continue to update this page as new resources and information become available.

As public schools navigate the demands of reopening safely, they will bear the burden of added costs for personal protective equipment, increased cleanings and more. NSBA's Savings Center provides information about services that can reduce district costs and improve operations. Visit the Center to explore ways to save. 

State Specific School Reopening Guidance

Alabama |  Arkansas  |  California  |  Connecticut   |   Illinois  |  Indiana 
Iowa   |  Kentucky  |  Maine  |  Mississippi   |   Nebraska  |   New Jersey 
North Carolina  |   Oregon   |  Tennessee   |  Virginia   |  Washington  |   Wisconsin
 

Additional Resources

 

Best Practices for Re-opening Schools After Pandemic: An Overview

 

BuyBoard Facts and Resources ✪

Compiled by a national purchasing cooperative, this facts and resource sheet includes recommendations to minimize spread of respiratory illnesses, cleaning and disinfecting procedures, and a directory of resources including sample guidance from county and state health agencies.

California Department of Public Health

An FAQ, video messages, and other resources from California's Department of Public Health.

CDC Activities and Initiatives Supporting the COVID-19 Response and the President’s Plan for Opening America Up Again

This 60-page document recommends a range of social distancing policies and guidance for determining how to reopen schools based on coronavirus transmission rates. In addition to providing a roadmap for schools and child-case facilities, the document also includes guidance on restaurants and mass transit.

CDC Data on Schools' Response to Pandemics

The Center for Public Education analyzes the presence of pandemic procedures in school districts’ crisis/emergency preparedness plans and offers helpful suggestions for implementing long-term strategies.

CDC School Reopening Checklist

As part of six flow charts meant to help different stakeholders reopen the country, the CDC released a decision tree for school leaders. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's coronavirus page includes an overview of what you should know about the disease, situation updates, and information tailored to different industries, including communities, schools, and businesses.

Center for Safe Schools ✪

NSBA's Center for Safe Schools contains helpful information, tools, and webinars regarding crisis management, as well as a national forum for education and community leaders.

Civil Rights Fact Sheet

Created by the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education, this fact sheet provides information on how to address the risk of COVID-19 in schools while protecting the civil rights of students.

Considerations for School Closure

Compiled by the CDC, this document contains recommendations on school closure based on available science, reports from other countries and consultation with school health experts.

COVID-19: Preparing for Widespread Illness in Your Community: A Legal Guide for School Leaders ✪

A companion guide to Fostering Safer Schools and made in collaboration with the National Association of School Nurses, this legal guide explores the federally identified risks associated with COVID-19 and provides a checklist of issues school leaders should consider.

CTE Distance Learning Resources

The Association for Career & Technical Education is compiling a list of resources about online and distance learning that can supplement local official guidance for CTE teachers.

Department of Education

The U.S. Department of Education has compiled useful links and resources for schools and school personnel, as well as best practices for preventing the spread of disease.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act FAQ ✪

How does the Families First Coronavirus Response Act impact student meals and school employee leave? COSA, a program of NSBA, has answered common questions school districts might have regarding relief for schools.

Free resources from National Retail Federation and NRF Foundation: Access RISE Up credentials and visit NRF job board

The RISE Up program comprises three industry-recognized credentials that offer up to 30 hours of online content, delivering foundational skills that are useful in any career. The NRF Foundation is offering its introductory credential free through June 12. The training is self-paced and can be completed online in about 5 hours. Register for a webinar to learn more about accessing the training. Looking for work? Visit the National Retail Federation job board to see which retailers are currently hiring workers.

Interim Guidance for Administrators of US Childcare Programs and K-12 Schools

Compiled by the CDC, this guide is intended to help administrators of public and private childcare programs and K-12 schools prevent the spread of COVID-19 among students and staff.

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

Access toolkits, infographics, sample guidance, press releases and other assets. 

Making the Transition to Virtual Classrooms

From the Education Development Center, this blog post shares useful online learning strategies. The Education Development Center has also compiled their own resource page for educators and caregivers covering topics from student mental health to supporting STEM learning at home.

Mental Health America

For the general public, the mental health effects of COVID-19 are as important to address as are the physical health effects. To aid individuals and communities during this time, MHA has compiled a range of resources and information.

Navigating Virtual Education  with Calm, Connectedness and Compassion ✪ 

Hosted by NSBA’s Center for Safe Schools in collaboration with the Attachment & Trauma Network, this discussion focuses on the impact of school closures and the new "normal" this is creating for families and educators alike. This discussion addresses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on schools and families and how we can help children and families, especially those with adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), navigate this new environment. Read an overview of the discussion and learn more about the presenters.

New York State Department of Health

A variety of resources from New York State Department of Health, including a webinar from February of a presentation given to update schools on the coronavirus.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration 

Providing a range of information on the disease, OSHA is educating American workers and the general public on its background, symptoms, and control and prevention efforts.

Online Education and Website Accessibility Webinar

From the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education, this short webinar provides guidance on ensuring web accessibility for students with disabilities for schools utilizing online learning during the outbreak.

Protecting Student Privacy FAQ

From the U.S. Department of Education, this document aims to assist school officials working with public health officials in managing public health issues related to COVID-19 while protecting the privacy of students’ education records.

Savings Center

NSBA's Savings Center provides information about services that can reduce district costs and improve operations.

State and Territorial Health Departments

A directory of the health departments in all 50 states, 8 U.S. territories and freely associated states, and the District of Columbia.

Washington State Department of Health 

Washington State Department of Health has compiled helpful classroom tips for teachers and a school supply list for education leaders.

World Health Organization

A detailed Q&A from the World Health Organization on the coronavirus.

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COVID-19 Focused Federal Insider Podcasts

April 21, 2020 Recording NSBA's Managing Director of Legal Advocacy, Sonja Trainor, joins the conversation about the delivery of IDEA services during this time of social distancing. NSBA recently reached out to the U.S. Secretary of Education for guidance and flexibility.

 

April 7, 2020 Recording There is now a 4th emergency supplemental package in Congress. Deborah breaks down the 3rd and 4th emergency supplemental packages as NSBA and other education groups are advocating for funding for the E-rate program. Francisco provides updates on IDEA during this time of social distancing. 

March 24, 2020 Recording Members of the House and Senate are negotiating the third emergency supplemental package to help states, local governments, and the healthcare community respond to the spread of the novel coronavirus. Deborah and Francisco bring you the latest including what can be done to help special education students during this time of social distancing.

March 10, 2020 Recording Deborah and NSBA’s Sonja Trainor welcome special guest Donna Mazyck, Executive Director of the National Association of School Nurses. They discuss the coronavirus, preventative measures, and resources to help keep you informed and to plan for an outbreak in your community.