CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES - COMMUNICATION WITH SCHOOLS
This page is continually updated as new items arise ... key topics include:
- A Letter From Commissioner Blomstedt to Nebraska's 1,700 Locally Elected School Board Members
- Resources on Public Meetings During COVID-19 (NEW)
- Topics, Discussion Points & Questions Boards Should Be Asking Their Superintendent (NEW)
- A SafeSchools Update and Workers Comp Q&A from ALICAP
- Leveraging Our Strengths as a Board/Superintendent Leadership Team
- A Policy Update During COVID-19 (NEW)
- The Federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act
- NDE Resources ... including Graduation Requirements, Continuity of Learning, etc (NEW)
- DHHS COVID Tracking Site
- YouTube Videos with NASB Region Director Dr. Bob Rauner (now in Spanish) (NEW)
- Mental Wellness - Tips for Families during COVID-19
- How to Speed up Your Internet to get the Most out of your Wi-Fi (NEW)
- School Leaders Risk Management Association Checklist for Boards
- NPERS - Information for School Plan Members & Employers
- No Kid Hungry Emergency Relief Grants Available
- EHA Links & Updates -- Legal Resources -- NSAA Statement -- And more …
A letter from Commissioner Matt Blomstedt, to Nebraska's 1,700 Locally Elected School Board Members
LETTER TO NASB MEMBERSHIP 032920 (PDF)
Resources on public meetings from NASB's Board Leadership Team
Tips for a meeting held in public (pdf)
ATTORNEY GENERAL GUIDANCE ON EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 20—03 CORONAVIRUS
PUBLIC MEETINGS REQUIREMENT LIMITED WAIVER
Topics, Discussion Points & Questions Boards Should Be Asking Their Superintendent
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
NASB Region Director, Dr. Bob Rauner with some really good information he is posting to YouTube.
April 6 - Are We On The Wrong Side of the curve & Do We Need a Stay at Home Order?
April 3 - Explaining the Numbers, Should I Wear a Mask or Shelter in Place?
March 30 - Road Map to Reopening & Clarity on Social Distancing
March 27 - How Do We Get Out of This Mess?
March 23 - Is It Working? What's Next?
March 19 - The themes today are Keep Calm, social distancing does not mean social isolation, plus whether/how to access the healthcare system if you think you have Coronavirus
March 16 - Why we need schools closed for now, and some great examples from our community and ideas on how we could respond locally.
March 12 - Numbers, Perspective & Decisions 2.0
March 8 - Numbers, Perspective & Decisions
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
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:
Effective Monday, March 16 all NSAA activity practices are suspended until Monday, March 30 and all NSAA activity competitions are suspended until Thursday, April 2. These suspensions may be extended should the conditions warrant. Member schools and student-participants are expected to adhere to the NSAA Constitution & Bylaws and activity manuals during this time. As more information becomes available, official updates will be posted on the NSAA website at https://nsaahome.org/ and the NSAA social media platforms.
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 May 31, 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.
The Governor’s executive order comes a day after the White House Coronavirus Task Force issued guidance limiting social gatherings to 10 people or less through March 31, 2020. The executive order is part of an overall public health strategy to increase social distancing to stem the spread of the coronavirus disease.
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.
Remember to notify your media partners of the meetings.
Under guidelines outlined by Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts, public gatherings will be limited to 10 people or less. 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.
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