CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES - COMMUNICATION WITH SCHOOLS
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Key topics include:
- District Leadership Team Contingency Planning resources
- UNMC: COVID-19 Back to School Playbook & Building Posters
- A Letter From Commissioner Blomstedt to Nebraska's 1,700 Locally Elected School Board Members
- Information on Masks in Schools from the Nebraska Medical Association, Nebraska Academy of Family Physicians, NDE and more
- Resources on Public Meetings During COVID-19 (NEW as of 1/13/21)
- YouTube Videos with NASB Region Director Dr. Bob Rauner
- Topics, Discussion Points & Questions Boards Should Be Asking Their Superintendent
- Remote Learning Project
- USDA Extends Flexibilities, Paves the Way for Meals for Kids to Continue through Summer
- Letter to Secretary Devos to revise guidance on nonpublic school ESSER and GEER allocation
- CARES letter to Sens Fischer & Sasse, Congressmen Bacon, Fortenberry & Smith
- CARES Act Video Breakdown with Bryce Wilson of NDE
- Letters to Sens Fischer & Sasse to fully implement IDEA
- Executive Order: Coronavirus - Educational Assessment Waivers
- A SafeSchools Update and Workers Comp Q&A from ALICAP
- A Policy Update During COVID-19
- The Federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act
- NDE Resources ... including Launch Nebraska, Graduation Requirements, Continuity of Learning, etc.
- Using Gallup Strengths During Coronavirus
- Mental Wellness - Tips for Families during COVID-19
- School Leaders Risk Management Association Checklist for Boards
- NPERS Information -- EHA Links & Updates -- Legal Resources -- And more …
At the request of our members, NASB has designed a “District Leadership Team Contingency Planning” resource
District Leadership Team Contingency Planning (PDF)
The topics are intended to provide the board and superintendent with points of discussion and tools the district may adopt to assist in planning for the return to learning. There are many tools and resources available to schools as we plan to bring students back into our buildings and we encourage you to evaluate and use all relevant guides when you put your plans together. We have several of these resources currently available on our web page and we will continue to link to others as they become available. Please let us know how we may continue to support your district as we continue down this uncertain path.
Launch Nebraska - Planning a Safe Return to School in Nebraska -7/20/20 - (PDF)
UNMC: Covid-19 Back to School PlayBook: Guiding Principles to Keep Students, Teachers, and Staff Safe in K-12 Schools (pdf)
NSEA Guidance for a Safe School Reopening (PDF)
NRCSA CONSIDERATIONS FOR REOPENING (PDF)
NCHEA Return to School Safely (PDF)
NSBA Statement Calling for Federal Support for Public Schools (PDF)
SETTING A NEW COURSE - A Legal Guide to Operating Schools in the Pandemic Era from the NSBA (PDF)
A letter from Commissioner Matt Blomstedt, to Nebraska's 1,700 Locally Elected School Board Members
LETTER TO NASB MEMBERSHIP 032920 (PDF)
The New School Year and Additional Thoughts on Discord and Disclosure and Finding the Energy to Move Forward 081420 (PDF)
Masks in schools
NMA LETTER ON MASKS IN SCHOOLS (PDF)
NEBRASKA ACADEMY OF FAMILY PHYSICIANS LETTER on Masks in Schools (PDF)
Nebraska Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics Letter (PDF)
NEAAP Reopening & Mask Resources (PDF)
Currently the NDE is recommending the use of masks in school buildings for all teachers, staff, and students over the age of two. We know that risk and context vary from school-to-school and district-by-district. The NDE supports schools and districts, in collaboration with local health departments, in making decisions regarding the health and safety of its school community and determining protocols, including the requirement of masks. Those decisions will have no bearing on the disbursement of CARES Act funds districts may apply for through the NDE.
Resources on public meetings from NASB's Board Leadership Team
TIPS FOR A MEETING HELD IN PUBLIC (PDF)
As reported at Gov. Ricketts’ press conference on January 12, 2021, the Governor extended Executive Order No. 20-36 allowing public meetings subject to the Open Meetings Act to be held virtually until April 30, 2021. Originally, the Executive Order No. 20-36 was to expire on Jan. 31, 2021.
ATTORNEY GENERAL GUIDANCE ON EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 20—36 CORONAVIRUS
PUBLIC MEETINGS REQUIREMENT LIMITED WAIVER
NASB REGION DIRECTOR, DR. BOB RAUNER IS POSTING REGULAR COVID UPDATES TO YOUTUBE WHICH CAN BE ACCESSED HERE
The opinions expressed in these YouTube videos does not necessarily reflect the opinions of NASB.
Topics, Discussion Points & Questions Boards Should Be Asking Their Superintendent
Remote Learning Project
NRCSA and the ESUCC worked together on a Remote Learning Project to not only provide a resource for teachers in remote learning programs, but also to provide help for administrators in support of remote learning programs. There is also a section in the administrator side to provide help to parents. The project is the product of the work of over 80 Nebraska educators, including Superintendents/ESU Administrators, SPED Directors, Technology Directors, Teaching Coaches, Mental Health Practitioners, and Staff Development Directors.
USDA EXTENDS FLEXIBILITIES, PAVES THE WAY FOR MEALS FOR KIDS TO CONTINUE THROUGH SUMMER
Cares Act Breakdown with Bryce Wilson of NDE (As of 5/18/20)
NASB President Stacie Higgins, NASB Legislation Committee Chair Brad Wilkins, and NASB Executive Director sent letters to Senators Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse on behalf of Nebraska's 1,700 locally elected School Board Members to fully implement the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA)
IDEA 0620 Sen Fischer (PDF)
IDEA 0620 Sen Sasse (PDF)
Executive Order: Coronavirus - Educational Assessment Waivers
A Safeschools update from Megan Boldt
SAFESCHOOLS COURSE LIST 2020 (PDF)
A Workers Comp Q&A From Megan Boldt
leveraging our strengths as a board/superintendent leadership team from Marcia Herring
A Policy Update During Covid-19 from Jim Luebbe
Education Appropriate To Your District from Jim Luebbe
THE FEDERAL FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT
EFFECTIVE APRIL 1, 2020
This applies to all schools. Please contact your school attorney with questions
FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT - THE FFCRA (PDF)
NDE Commissioner Matt Blomstedt is suspending all statewide assessment for the 2019-2020 school year. This includes all NSCAS testing including the ACT. The Commissioner will be requesting waivers on the state and federal level for testing accountability.
NDE resources can be found at:
Statement on Continuity of Learning 032520 (PDF)
NASB suggests keeping your original graduation requirements policy in place, and amending it with this language to modify it for this year. You may have several items in your local graduation requirements that go beyond the minimum specified by state regulations, so your original is still important. As you know, like previous recent waivers issued by NDE, these waivers have the effect of law. Where the waivers conflict with district policy for this temporary period while the waivers are in effect, they will overide that conflicting policy language. We also recommend that your board pass a resolution with language along the lines of “All temporary waivers of NDE regulations shall also apply to respective district policies for the 2019-2020 school year.” As you will see in the text of the guidance document, this waiver also addresses the requirements of your Citizenship policy. It was revised last year to meet changes in state statute but the district has the option of postponing full implementation until next year.
DHHS COVID TRACKING SITE
Mental Wellness - Tips for Families during COVID-19 from Jen McNally & Jamie Mapp of ESU 5
Tips for Families (PDF)
How to speed up your internet to get the most out of your Wi-Fi
NASB is part of the School Leaders Risk Management Association (SLRMA). Below is a COVID-19 checklist that boards may find helpful.
Estimated State Grants Under the Education Stabilization Fund Included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
NPERS - Information for schoolplan members & Employers
SCHOOL PLAN RESPONSE INFORMATION (PDF)
No Kid Hungry Emergency Relief Grants Available
No Kid Hungry is offering real time funding and assistance for schools and community organizations that are making sure kids have access to the meals they need as schools close due to coronavirus. No Kid Hungry is providing emergency grants to support these local efforts like home delivered meals, grab and go meals programs, school and community pantries, backpack programs, and other steps to help reach children and families who lose access to meals. We’re providing $1 million in emergency grants on a rolling basis. If your organization needs funding to support these efforts, please submit your interest in receiving emergency grant funds:
We suggest boards have a discussion about re-purposing these employees. Be sure to engage your school’s legal counsel prior to making any decisions, but schools and communities will find value in keeping non-certified staff on the payroll.
For all members, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska will cover, with no cost share, the appropriate medically necessary diagnostic testing for COVID-19, where it is not covered as part of the Public Health Service response, and ensure patient testing and any subsequently needed care are done in close coordination with federal, state and public health authorities.
Watch: Tools for School Boards to Cope With Our Current Situation from EHA’s Linda Kenedy
Across the state, essential workers and volunteers are stepping up to take care of our communities. We want your help recognizing those making a difference. Join BCBS in thanking #TrueBlueHeroes. Learn more and spread the word to your employees.
Both Perry Law and KSB have been hosting zoom meetings keeping schools informed and answering their many questions. These have all been recorded for playback at your convenience. Visit their websites to view at:
RTI Center for Education Services
Holding School Board Meetings During COVID-19 Pandemic
Governor Pete Ricketts issued an executive order to permit state and local governmental boards, commissions, and other public bodies to meet by videoconference, teleconference, or other electronic means through June 30, 2020. The Governor’s order stipulated that all such virtual meetings must be available to members of the public, including media, to give citizens the opportunity to participate as well as to be duly informed of the meetings’ proceedings. The Governor’s order did not waive the advanced publicized notice and the agenda requirements for public meetings. Complete text of the executive order is available by copying the below link.
This link is the Attorney General’s guidance on the Governor’s proclamation.
Understandably, the board-superintendent may be considering how to ensure the public has access to the board meeting. Live streaming the meeting via Lifesize, Zoom, Striv, Facebook Live, or other media outlets will ensure individuals are able to monitor the meeting from a remote location. Make sure to include the live streaming information in the meeting notice, district website, and other communication, which will provide additional transparency on the measures the board is taking to keep the public informed during these tumultuous times.
Remember to notify your media partners of the meetings.
Resources for Teacher and Student Resiliency from Adverse Events
From Stanford: Teaching Effectively in Times of Disruption
Coronavirus Resources from New York Times: Teaching, Learning and Thinking Critically
Matrix of Trauma-Sensitive Strategies of School Success
AASA, The School Superintendents Association provides resources on Coronavirus
National Association of School Psychologists, Health Crisis Resources Communication Guidance & Steps for Schools
Five ways to support students affected by trauma
Checklist for Taking Care of Yourself from The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
General Resources for COVID-19 Information
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – COVID-19 Guidance for Schools and Childcare
General CDC COVID-19 Information
World Health Organization (WHO) – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak
US Department of Education - COVID-19 Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel
American Academy of Pediatrics - 2019 Novel Coronavirus
National School Boards Association (NSBA) - COVID-19: Preparing For Widespread Illness in Your School Community