Resources to Help Schools Navigate the COVID-19 Crisis

Originally published March 12, 2020; last updated May 19, 2020

Amid growing concerns of the rising threat of the Coronavirus, or COVID-19, many governments, businesses, families, and schools are facing the responsibility of developing a response plan. School leaders also need to be ready to answer questions from concerned students, parents, and staff, as well as consider alternative learning models to support continued education in the event of a school closure.    

We know there is a lot of information out there, and it is hard to keep track of all the updates. We gathered a list of resources from government and health agencies as well as charter organizations so that we can all be better equipped to help prevent the spread of the virus, minimize the impact of disruptions, and proactively communicate our plans with those who depend on usThis list will be updated on an ongoing basis as more information becomes available.  

National Resources 

Guidance for Administrators of US Childcare Programs and K-12 Schools by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

This interim guidance 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. 

COVID-19 Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel by the U.S. Department of Education  

Useful information, resources, trainings, and tools for addressing infectious diseases, related topics, and protecting the school community. 

COVID-19 Resources for Charter Schools by the National Alliance For Public Charter Schools

A collection of information from trusted partners to help schools support their staff and families, including guidance on federal resources, SBA loans, distance learning, and educational equity, as well as a list of upcoming webinars. The website also includes links to information from state charter support organizations. 

Map: Coronavirus and School Closures by Education Week 

The coronavirus outbreak in the United States is prompting K-12 education leaders to shut down individual schools or entire districts. Track where closures are happening and how many students are affected. 

State-Specific Resources  

California 

School Guidance on Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19 by California Department of Public Health.  

This document is intended to be statewide guidance to help both school and public health officials inform their decision making.  

Coronavirus Information and Resources by the California Department of Education

New additions as of May 11, 2020 include comprehensive guidance on topics such as distance learning, mental health, school meals, special education, and child care and student supervision, as well as a new statewide benefit program to help food insecure students.

COVID-19 Resources by California Charter Schools Association  

CCSA is providing California charter schools with guidance and sample resources to support planning and communications to your school community.  

Colorado  

COVID-19 Resources for Schools by the Colorado Department of Education  

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has created COVID-19 fact sheets, guidance for schools and childcare providers and more.  

League Member Support during COVID-19 by Colorado League of Charter Schools

Resources include news, a member survey designed to understand urgent needs, weekly support calls, and virtual learning webinars.

Georgia 

COVID-19 and Schools by the Georgia Department of Education  

Detailed guidance for school districts on the preparations to take to prepare for the potential spread of COVID-19. 

COVID-19 Guidance and Resources for Schools, Students and Families by Georgia Charter Schools Association

Information on topics such as assessment and accountability, special education, meal service, and paid sick leave, as well as a list of online resources for students and teachers.

Louisiana

COVID-19 Resources and Guidance for Schools by Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools

Includes guidance on remote learning, free family resources, and communication support such as sample letters to families.

COVID-19 Information and Resources by the Louisiana Department of Education

Up-to-date guidance for schools as well as resources for families such as a list of school meal sites and a toolkit to support learning at home.

Nevada 

School Nurse and Administrator Resources for 2019 Novel Coronavirus by Nevada Department of Health and Human Services  

Current recommendations and guidance for management of cases of COVID-19 and persons under investigation for possible infection with COVID-19.  

COVID-19 Resources by Nevada Department of Education

Tips and resources to keep Nevada’s communities safe and healthy, including online resources for schools, students, and families, and mental health resources.

New Mexico 

COVID-19 Resources for Schools by the New Mexico Public Education Department  

Includes the most current information as well as protocols, procedures, and best practices for all schools.  

Continuing to Learn by NewMexicoKidsCAN

This report includes summaries of distance learning plans from every district and charter school across the state.

New York 

COVID-19 Information and Guidance for Schools by the New York State Education Department  

This guide provides an update on measures needed to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak as well as recommended interventions and community containment measures including a checklist for schools to assist in planning.  

Tennessee  

Update on Coronavirus by Tennessee Department of Education  

The Tennessee Department of Education has prepared guidance for education leaders to help support them in making the best possible local decisions for their students, schools, and communities.  

COVID-19: A Message from TCSC and List of Resources by Tennessee Charter School Center

The message includes links to resources for school leaders and food resources for families.

This is a very challenging time, but we know educators and school leaders are uniquely equipped to demonstrate perseverance and leadership. Here at EdTec we’ll be monitoring the situation closely and will provide updated resources as needed.   

EdTec’s Winter & Spring LCAP Workshops

January 2020

This year EdTec is offering  a series of workshops  to make sure your school is fully prepared to tackle the LCAP!  While the fall workshop has already passed, school leaders still have the option to register for the Winter & Spring Workshop Bundle. Each workshop addresses relevant topics to focus on in the winter and spring, and together build cumulative knowledge that will lead to a quality, actionable LCAP. Registration is now open for the Winter & Spring Workshop Bundle, as well as the individual Winter Workshop; the workshop dates, times, and topics are outlined below. When you register for the workshop bundle, you save $100 off the total price of the two workshops!

Workshop Overview

EdTec’s charter school LCAP experts will lead you through small-group, hands-on workshops designed to strengthen your LCAP and teach you to engage stakeholders, align your goals, set reasonable metrics, and track expenditures. We’ll also make sure to provide updates about policy and accountability requirements along the way.

Workshop Locations, Dates, & Times

Winter Workshops

Emeryville (Bay Area) EdTec Office: Friday, January 24, 9am – 12pm Register here!

Los Angeles – Japanese American Cultural & Community Center: Friday, February 7, 9am – 12pm Register here!

Spring Workshops

Emeryville (Bay Area) EdTec Office: Friday, April 24, 10am – 3pm

Los Angeles EdTec Office: Friday, May 1, 10am – 3pm

Registration is now open for the Workshop Series, as well as the individual Winter Workshop. You may register for the workshops using the links above or by clicking the buttons below.

EdTec is Ready for CSDC 2019!

Connect with EdTec at the 2019 California Charter Schools Leadership Update Conference.

EdTec will be attending the 2019 Charter Schools Development Center Conference as an exhibitor and presenter! The conference takes place on December 2-3 in Anaheim at the Anaheim Marriott. We’ll be at Booth #4 in the Grand Ballroom so be sure to stop by to say hello and learn more about how we support California charters with charter petition development, back office, and school data and compliance.

We’re also excited to share that EdTec staff will present four sessions on Tuesday, December 3. These sessions are designed to educate charter school leaders about various aspects of charter school operations. 

We invite you to attend “Understanding Your Impact on State and Federal Accountability Measures” from 11:15 AM- 12:30 PM, with Chris Lim, VP of School Performance and Analytics, and Annice Weinstein, Sr. Manager Assessment Data and Analysis. The session aims to help schools identify pitfalls and areas they can improve through their data reporting. 

Our next session, “Facilities Planning Options and Lessons Learned from Schools,” is also scheduled for 11:15 AM – 12:30 PM. Amita Parikh, Director of Client Management, and Kapil Mathur, Executive Director at the OCASA Charter School, will discuss the challenges charter schools face when making significant facility changes. 

Later on Tuesday, EdTec will present “Get Ready for Your Charter Renewal” from 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM. EdTec team members Jennifer Reyes, Ed.D., Educational Support Services Manager; Annice Weinstein, Senior Manager, Assessment Data and Analysis; and Eric Noll, Associate Client Manager, will share their expertise in charter school finance, governance, and student performance, and draw from lessons learned to provide advice about how to tackle the charter renewal petition process. This session will cover nearly all facets of the process, from reviewing the original charter to renewal petition advocacy.

The fourth session, “How to Survive and Thrive During Your School’s Audit,” is also scheduled for 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM and will feature Kristin Dietz, VP of Client Management, and Marlen Gomez, Director at CliftonLarsonAllen LLP. Participants of this session will learn how to implement key fiscal policies, understand various audit requests, and effectively interact with their school’s auditor, so they have a more positive experience. 

We look forward to sharing our experiences and expertise with charter school leaders from across the state!

Calling All Student Artists for EdTec’s 2019 Holiday E-Card Contest!

This holiday season, EdTec will select student artwork from a partner school to feature in our official holiday e-card! The winning student’s school will receive a donation for art supplies. Read on for more information about how to enter, rules and guidelines, and judging and prizes.

HOW TO ENTER

Schools may submit students’ artwork electronically to melanie.horton@edtec.com, or may mail it to EdTec’s LA office: ATTN: Melanie Horton, 811 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1420, Los Angeles, CA 90017

All artwork must be submitted electronically or postmarked by Tuesday, December 3, 2019.

An entry form is required for each student submission.

For artwork submitted electronically, please name each file with the school and student’s name, and for artwork submitted via mail, please label the back of each piece with the school and student name. This information will be matched to the entry form required for each submission.

RULES & GUIDELINES


Medium:
Please submit a two-dimensional piece of visual art (painting, drawings, photography, computer-aided design, etc.).

Theme: JOY!
Students should submit artwork reflecting something in their school community that brings them joy, such as a group of friends, a favorite class, or a favorite extracurricular activity. *Note: Artwork containing religious and/or culturally-specific symbols including Santa Claus, Christmas trees, menorahs, or similar objects will not be eligible.

Size:
Minimum size: 5” x 7”; Maximum size: 8.5” x 11”

Deadline:
All artwork must be submitted electronically or postmarked by Tuesday, December 3, 2019.

Additional Requirements:

  • School must be a current client of EdTec.
  • Students must be enrolled in Grades K-12 to be eligible to enter.
  • There is a limit of one submission per student.
  • Artwork submitted must be original work and must include the school’s name and student’s name for identification purposes.

JUDGING & PRIZES

The panel of judges will include EdTec employees. The considerations will be creativity, artistic merit for age group, and the embodiment of the spirit of the holidays and theme mentioned above.

The panel of judges will choose a first-place winner as well as two runners-up. Winners’ schools will be notified during the second week of December.

The first-place winner’s artwork will be selected to be included in EdTec’s holiday e-card! The first-place winner will receive an award certificate, gift card, and recognition on our social channels. The school of the first place winner will also receive a donation for art supplies!

The runners-up will receive award certificates and gift cards, along with recognition on our social channels.

Submit Your Students’ Artwork Today!

EdTec’s 2019 LCAP Workshop Series

EdTec’s popular LCAP workshops are back, and this year we’re offering a series of three workshops starting in the fall to make sure your school is fully prepared to tackle the LCAP!

EdTec’s charter school LCAP experts will lead you through small-group, hands-on workshops designed to strengthen your LCAP and teach you to engage stakeholders, align your goals, set reasonable metrics, and track expenditures. We’ll also make sure to provide updates about policy and accountability requirements along the way.

Workshop Series Overview

The workshop series begins in the fall and is designed to make sure you have smart processes in place from the start to guide the successful development of your LCAP throughout the school year and help you to avoid the last-minute LCAP scramble! Each workshop addresses relevant topics to focus on in the fall, winter, and spring, and together build cumulative knowledge that will lead to a quality, actionable LCAP.

LCAP Workshops

Registration is now open for the workshop series. If you wish to register for just the individual workshops, registration is now open for the Fall Workshop. You can register for the Fall Workshop by clicking the links below or buttons at the bottom of the page.

Workshop Locations, Dates, & Times 

Fall Workshop

Emeryville (Bay Area) EdTec Office: Friday, October 25, 9am – 12pm | Register Here!

Los Angeles EdTec Office: Friday, November 8, 9am – 12pm | Register Here!

Winter Workshop

Emeryville (Bay Area) EdTec Office: Friday, January 24, 9am – 12pm

Los Angeles EdTec Office: Friday, February 7, 9am – 12pm

Spring Workshop

Emeryville (Bay Area) EdTec Office: Friday, April 24, 10am – 3pm

Los Angeles EdTec Office: Friday, May 1, 10am – 3pm

Join EdTec at the 2019 National Charter Schools Conference!

June 27,  2019

EdTec is excited to be a sponsor, exhibitor, and presenter at the 2019 National Charter Schools Conference!  The conference takes place June 30 – July 3, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the Mandalay Bay Conference Center. We’ll be at Booth #615 in the Sponsor Circle, so be sure to stop by to say hello to our team members and learn how our charter experts can support your school with back office services. We’re also eager to share how we meet the needs of new school developers around the country with our expertise in charter development. And because we’re a Headshot Sponsor at the conference this year, we’ll see you when you stop by to download your professional headshot!

Dorothy Lee, EdTec’s VP of Client Management and GM of Southern California, will join representatives from Charter Asset Management, Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, and International Leadership of Texas Schools to present a session on Monday, July 1. We invite you to attend “Put Me on the Growth Track: A Primer on Using Working Capital Financing, Loans, and Bonds” at 11:00 AM in Room Mandalay K. The session will address growth scenarios typically faced by charter leaders, including opening new sites, ramping up enrollment, and securing  new facilities, as well an an overview of the different financing options available to meet schools’ needs at these stages.  We look forward to sharing our knowledge in this area and answering questions about schools’ growth challenges.

We’re also excited to participate in a new opportunity at the conference this year, the Living Library, an opportunity for conference participants to sign up for 30-minute meetings with experts in specific topics relevant to charter schools. Kristin Dietz, EdTec’s VP of Client Management and Financial Compliance, will serve as a Budgeting expert on Monday from 1:30pm – 3:00pm. If you’re interested in signing up, select your preferred consultation time here.

We hope everyone has a successful National Charter Schools Conference experience! Here’s to building knowledge and connections in Las Vegas!

Register for the EdTec/YM&C 2019 Charter Leadership Forums!

Young, Minney & Corr, LLP (YM&C) and EdTec are partnering to bring you the latest fiscal, operational, legal, and political updates, along with expert advice, to help your charter school thrive in these challenging and uncertain times.  All charter developers and operators are invited to attend this annual educational and networking event, which promises to deliver critical information and practical takeaways for your role as a charter school leader.

Event Locations & Dates 

SF Bay Area
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Sacramento
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

San Diego
Thursday, May 9, 2019

Los Angeles
Friday, May 10, 2019

Click here to view more event details and register for an event!

Connect with EdTec at the 26th Annual CCSA Conference!

March 6, 2019

EdTec is proud to be a sponsor, exhibitor, and presenter at the 26th Annual California Charter Schools Conference! The conference will take place in Sacramento from March 11-14, 2019. EdTec staff, along with our partner organizations and partner schools, will present 13 breakout sessions and poster sessions, as well as two sessions at the School Developer Summit and one session at the Renewal Summit. We’re looking forward to this opportunity to share our expertise with charter developers, new schools, and established schools.  Take a look at our sessions below so you can plan ahead!

We’re also excited to announce that, for the second year in a row, we will have two booth locations at the conference this year! We hope you will stop by Booth 904 to meet the EdTec team and learn more about our charter development and back office services. Our data experts will be at Booth 710 to introduce you to LCAP 360 by EdTec – the first integrated, end-to-end LCAP service for charter schools. They’ll also be available to discuss how we support schools with CALPADS, student assessment, PowerSchool, charter renewals, grant writing, WASC, and more.

Breakout Sessions & Poster Sessions

Tuesday, March 12

Wednesday, March 13

Thursday, March 14

We look forward to seeing you at our booths and sessions. We hope everyone has a great time at the conference!

Finance Academies: Sacramento & Oakland

EdTec will be presenting at CCSA’s Finance Academies in Sacramento & Oakland. The CCSA Finance Academy is a one-day intensive in-person workshop designed to prepare charter school leaders, board members, business office staff, and new developers to strengthen their school’s internal financial management capacity. EdTec’s charter school experts will be on site to share their expertise in budgeting, payroll, accounting, compliance and reporting, audit requirements, and more. Please see below for workshop details and follow the links to register online today!

Sacramento:

REGISTER HERE

Wednesday, January 30, 10am-4pm

CCSA Sacramento Office, Conference Room

1107 9th Street, Suite 200, Sacramento, CA 95814

Oakland:

REGISTER HERE

Thursday, January 31, 10am-4pm

CCSA Oakland Office, Conference Room

436 14th Street, Suite 310, Oakland, CA 94612

Register for EdTec’s LCAP Workshops!

EdTec is excited to offer small group LCAP workshops again this year! The workshops will be held in February in Los Angeles & Emeryville. Read on for more workshop details and register using the links below.

Workshop Overview
EdTec’s charter school LCAP experts will lead you through a hands-on workshop designed to strengthen your LCAP and provide you with practical takeaways that prepare you to engage stakeholders, align your goals, set reasonable metrics, track expenditures, and more.

Workshop Dates

LOS ANGELES – REGISTER HERE

Thursday, February 7th, 10am-3pm

EdTec Office – 811 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1420, Los Angeles, CA 90017

EMERYVILLE – REGISTER HERE

Tuesday, February 12th, 10am-3pm

EdTec Office – 1410 62nd Street, Suite A, Emeryville, CA 94608

Workshop Topics

  • Engage your stakeholders
  • Align the goals across your LCAP, charter, WASC, and more
  • Set reasonable metrics to meet all CDE requirements & track progress toward goals
  • Understand the current CA Dashboard, its relationship to the LCAP, and how to impact both the state and local indicators
  • Implement best practices for tracking your expenditures
  • Review examples of well-written LCAPs

Workshop Features

  • Small class size – No more than 10 organizations per workshop
  • Practical takeaways – You’ll leave the workshop prepared to finalize your LCAP
  • Personal LCAP review – Workshop fee includes a review of your LCAP prior to submission
  • Coffee, snacks, and lunch will be provided