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Resources to Help Schools Navigate the COVID-19 Crisis

Originally published March 12, 2020; last updated March 23, 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 resources from trusted partners for schools looking for more information to support their staff and families, including guidance on next steps with selecting an alternative learning model to support continued learning at home.  

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 March 19, 2020 include comprehensive guidance on topics such as distance learning, school meals, special education, and child care and student supervision.

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.  

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.