Our Commitment to You

During this public health emergency, NJSBA will maintain all consultative and informational services. You can reach NJSBA staff members via email during regular business hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact information is available here. Staff will be checking voicemail periodically throughout the day. In addition, staff members will be available through Webex meetings/personal rooms.

Our COVID-19 Resource Center includes resources from NJSBA, the latest news, and guidance from the New Jersey Department of Health, the New Jersey Department of Education, the National School Boards Association and other organizations.

Here is an important video message from NJSBA’s leadership, affirming the Association’s continue support of local boards of education and the state’s 1.4 million public school students.

NJSBA News and Online Programs

Report on the Financial Condition of the State Budget for Fiscal Years 2020 and 2021 The Treasurer addresses the pandemic’s impact on state revenue and recommends strategies—including changes in school aid—to keep N.J. solvent through the extended budget year, which ends September 30. Posted May 25.

CARES Act Update NJSBA’s Virtual Resources Webinar Series will present a new program on financial support available to school districts through the federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) fund on Thursday, May 28, 11 a.m.-12 noon. Posted May 25.

Searching for a New Normal: A Special Report on the Reopening of New Jersey’s Schools The NJSBA report addresses the safe reopening of schools, students’ mental health, academic and extracurricular programs, budgetary issues, and preparations for the future. Posted May 20.

Guidance for Opening Up High School Athletics and Activities A report from the National Federation of State High School Associations, released May 19, provides  guidance to state scholastic athletic associations in re-opening high school sports and other programs. Posted May 20.

Reopening Schools in the Context of COVID-19: Health and Safety Guidelines from Other Countries A brief from the Learning Policy Institute looks at guidelines and social distancing strategies used in countries that have successfully reopened their schools. Posted May 20.

Social-Emotional Learning and the Arts The Spring 2020 Arts Education series, sponsored by Arts Ed NJ and NJPSA/FEA, offers two webinars: Arts Education: Navigating Uncertain Times and Preparing for the Future (on demand), and Transforming Schools through the Power of the Arts (broadcast 5/21, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.). Speakers include Dr. Maurice J. Elias, director of the Rutgers Social-Emotional and Character Development Lab, and experts in arts education. Posted May 19.

CARES Act: Funding Update for School Districts The Grants Office, an NJSBA partner, provides direction on how New Jersey school districts can apply for their share of the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) fund. The Grants Office also addressed the funding opportunity during a recent NJSBA Facebook Live event and an NJSBA Webinar. Posted May 17.

National School Boards Association Virtual Connections: Online Learning and Planning The American School Board Journal reports on the nationwide experience with virtual instruction and why districts that focused on emergency management and invested in technology are in the best position to weather the crisis. Posted May 17.

Virtual Summer School 2020: Guidance for District and School Leaders This information source from the Council of Chief State School Officers includes a planning guidePosted May 17.

Questions Abound as School Boards Assess How to Reopen after COVID-19 A Washington-based news blog shares the National School Boards Association’s perspective on the challenges facing schools. Posted May 17.

Code of Conduct for Remote School Board Meetings NJSBA’s Field Services staff has developed a sample Code of Conduct  providing guidance for remote public meetings and executive sessions. Local boards can download the document and adapt it as needed. Posted May 15.

CDC School Reopening Guidelines The Centers for Disease Control issues a flowchart to guide states and local school districts in determining when to reopen schools. Posted May 15.

COVID-19 Response: Phase 2, Restart & Recovery The Council of Chief State School Officers provides a rubric for the reopening of schools, with consideration to continuity of learning, conditions of learning, policy and funding. New Jersey’s plan is expected to follow this structure. Posted May 15.

CARES Act Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Funds: Allocations and Application The N.J. Department of Education releases information on federal ESSER funds available to each school district and the grant application process. The application deadline is June 19. Posted May 12. 

COVID-19: Safely Getting Back to Work and Back to School On May 12 at 10 a.m., the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee will hold a hearing on the reopening of school and workplace. Scheduled witnesses include Dr. Anthony Fauci, Dr. Robert Redfield, CDC director, and Dr. Stephen Hahn, FDA commissioner. Live viewing is available. Posted May 11.

COVID-19: Graduation Ceremonies The N.J. Department of Education offers guidance on virtual graduation ceremonies; the State Director of Emergency Management cautions that congregating in one place to conduct a drive-by celebration violates current restrictions, and he provides further clarification on the matter. Posted May 11.

ALERT: Legislature Set to Move Bills to Alter Tax Payments to Schools Posted May 8.

The Maryland Recovery Plan for Education As New Jersey maps out a process to reopen schools, the education community may find Maryland’s detailed strategy to be informative. Posted May 8.

COVID-19 Planning Considerations: Return to In-person Education in Schools A May 5 report from the American Academy of Pediatrics provides guidance on instructional time, students’ physical and mental health, services for special populations, and other critical subjects. Posted May 6.

A Blueprint for Back to School In a May 4 summary of an American Enterprise Institute report, the publication Education Next addresses the question, “What Will It Take to Get Schools Ready?” Contributors include a former N.J. commissioner of education. Posted May 8.

Required Updates to Public Health-Related School Closure Plans In light of Governor Murphy’s decision to extend school closings through June, the NJDOE is requiring districts to submit updated plans to the county offices of education no later than May 22. Posted May 5.

NJSBA Praises Murphy on School Closure Decision  Governor announces that schools will be closed for the remainder of the school year. Posted May 4.

The Changes We Should Expect to Take Place in Schooling In this NJ Spotlight Op-Ed, a prominent superintendent addresses  permanent changes that may result from the COVID-19 health and economic crisis. Posted May 4.

NJSBA, Education Groups Urge Governor to Keep Schools Closed through June In an April 28 letter, Leadership for Educational Excellence cites enormous challenges involved in school reopening. Posted May 1.

Parental Waivers for the Delivery of Remote or Virtual Special Education Services  An April 30 memo from the N.J. Department of Education states that requiring a waiver of present or future claims as a condition to implement a student’s IEP is prohibited. Posted May 1.

The CARES Act: Education Stabilization Fund Districts that receive Title I, Part A allocation are eligible for the federal relief funds, which will be available through September 30. Posted May 1.

USDOE Grants New Jersey COVID-19 Emergency Waivers The N.J. Department of Education identifies the federal requirements being waived and invites local school districts to comment by May 14. Posted May 1.

Remote Budget Hearings: Information to Meet the Challenge NJSBA provides information and guidance on virtual public hearings, including Sunshine Law compliance, public participation, executive sessions, and available technology. Re-posted April 30.

COVID-19 Guidance for K-12 Schools The N.J. Department of Health issued revised guidance for K-12 schools and child care facilities, updated April 28, includes information on sanitizing facilities, identifying populations most at risk, and preventing the spread of the disease. Posted April 30.

Governor Sets Criteria for Reopening New Jersey  Posted April 29. 

Preventing Child abuse, Neglect and Domestic Violence during the Crisis The N.J. Department of Children and Families provides a social media toolkit to raise awareness of the signs of abuse. Posted April 29.

U.S. Department of Education Makes Emergency COVID-19 Relief Available for K-12 Education From School Board Notes, April 28.

House Bill Would Provide $2 Billion to Close Homework Gap, Digital Divide Legislation would create the “Emergency Connectivity Fund” for schools and libraries. Posted April 27.

Unlock Student Potential: The Library Is Open! The N.J. Association of School Librarians and the N.J. Library Association offer virtual services to students and families during the public health emergency. Posted April 27.

Poverty and COVID-19 The Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison offers resources on the public health crisis and its impact on vulnerable populations. Posted April 26.

NAVIGATE 2020 Virtual Conference and College Fair Over 90 institutions of higher education will participate in a virtual college fair for high school students and their families, May 4-6. Posted April 21.

When Schools Reopen – N.J. School Boards Association Report to Explore Issues, Concerns Local school districts will face many challenges when students return the classroom–whether that occurs later this spring or in the fall. Posted April 16.

A Letter of Appreciation and Support from NJSBA’s President  Posted April 14.OL

NJSBA Extends Cancellation of In-Person Meetings through Mid-May; Virtual Programs Filling Gap Posted April 13.

Online Programs

NJSBA is offering webinars, podcasts, videos and Facebook Live events focusing on the challenges facing local school boards and school districts during the current public health emergency. Check NJSBA’s Virtual Program Update for a listing of programs.

Conversations on New Jersey Education, NJSBA’s podcast program broadcast over BlogTalkRadio.com, will feature a series of interviews focused on school leadership during the COVID-19 health crisis.

Virtual Resources Webinar Series The webinar series will convey important information related to navigating through the COVID-19 health crisis and will highlight solutions available to help NJSBA members manage the virus’s impact on New Jersey’s educators and students.

Facebook Live NJSBA is hosting a series of Facebook Live events to address questions from boards, school administrators, and educators during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Board/District Operations

USDOE Grants New Jersey COVID-19 Emergency Waivers The N.J. Department of Education identifies the federal requirements being waived and invites local school districts to comment by May 14. Posted May 1.

The CARES Act: Education Stabilization Fund Districts that receive Title I, Part A allocation are eligible for the federal relief funds, which will be available through September 30. Posted May 1.

Remote Budget Hearings: Information to Meet the Challenge NJSBA provides information and guidance on virtual public hearings, including Sunshine Law compliance, public participation, executive sessions, and available technology. Re-posted April 30.

COVID 19 – Supplemental Emergency Procurement Guidance The state’s Division of Local Government Services addresses ways to reduce in-person contact during the competitive bidding process. Posted April 16. 

Educator Evaluation During Extended School Closure The New Jersey Department of Education provides additional guidance regarding the evaluation of certificated staff. Posted April 16. 

Tips for Remote Board Meetings  Many school boards are conducting meetings via videoconference or livestreaming for the first time. Here are tips for board members to look and sound their best online. Posted April 14.

Child Nutrition Program Options during COVID-19 School Closures  An FAQ on the most recent options available from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Posted April 10.

NJDOE Issues Revised Budget/Election Calendar In response to the Governor’s Executive Order 116, the education department has revised dates in the budget process for the state’s 13 April election districts. However, over 90% of school districts hold elections in November. For these districts, an important upcoming date involves public hearings on proposed budgets (April 24-May 7). Posted April 8.

Governor’s Order Waives Assessment and Evaluation Requirements Executive Order 117 affects eighth-grade tests, portfolio appeals and the use of student growth data in teacher evaluations. Posted April 7.

FAQ: Federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act The U.S. Department of Labor provides important information for school districts and other employers covered by the federal legislation. In addition, the State Department of Labor and Workforce Development addresses the applicability of the CARES Act to New Jersey workers and the payroll tax credit available to covered employers under the Families First Act. Posted April 8.

Best Practices to Stay Cyber Safe on Zoom The New Jersey State Bar Association offers safety tips on remote meetings. Posted April 7.

State Board Approves Remote Delivery of Special Education and Related Services The State Board approved a temporary rule modifying the provision of special education services during the current state of emergency. April 1.

Rules Governing Remote or Virtual Meetings  www.njsba.org/RunningRemoteMeetings  March 24.

Guidance on Virtual Meetings from Division of Local Government Services “In light of the Governor’s issuance of Executive Order 107, we have been strongly encouraged to conduct all public meetings subject to the Open Public Meetings Act exclusively using communications equipment (e.g., telephonic conference call-in connections, internet streaming, etc.) for the foreseeable future without providing a physical meeting place March 23.

COVID-19: Preparing for Widespread Illness in Your School Community The National School Boards Association offers a legal guide for school leaders. Revised March 3.

Governor Signs Bills Addressing Government Operations and Public Meetings during Health Emergency  March 20.

Virtual Board Meetings and COVID-19  NJSBA’s Policy Service offers a new sample policy addressing electronic participation by members and the public during the current health crisis. March 20.

Podcast: The Impact of COVID-19 on School Board Meetings – Legal Factors – NJSBA attorneys address government directives to combat the pandemic and how they affect a school board’s ability to conduct public business. Broadcast live, March 20, archived.

NJSBA Policies

The following NJSBA sample policies may be of assistance:

  • 9322 Public and Executive Sessions – Virtual Board Meetings and COVID-19
  • 5141.2 Illness – Covers control of contagious diseases or conditions.
  • 4112.4 Health — Exposure control plan and bloodborne pathogens.
  • 5141 Health – Covers preparation for the potential disruption of a pandemic flu outbreak, and includes a link to federal resources on pandemic influenza.
  • 6173 – Home instruction during the prolonged absence.

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State and Federal Guidance

Required Updates to Public Health-Related School Closure Plans In light of Governor Murphy’s decision to extend school closings through June, the NJDOE is requiring districts to submit updated plans to the county offices of education no later than May 22Posted May 5.

USDOE Grants New Jersey COVID-19 Emergency Waivers The N.J. Department of Education identifies the federal requirements being waived and invites local school districts to comment by May 14. Posted May 1.

The CARES Act: Education Stabilization Fund Districts that receive Title I, Part A allocation are eligible for the federal relief funds, which will be available through September 30. Posted May 1.

Parental Waivers for the Delivery of Remote or Virtual Special Education Services  An April 30 memo from the N.J. Department of Education states that requiring a waiver of present or future claims as a condition to implement a student’s IEP is prohibited. Posted May 1

COVID-19 Guidance for K-12 Schools The N.J. Department of Health issued revised guidance for K-12 schools and child care facilities, updated April 28, includes information on sanitizing facilities, identifying populations most at risk, and preventing the spread of the disease. Posted April 30.

U.S. Department of Education Makes Emergency COVID-19 Relief Available for K-12 Education From School Board Notes, April 28.

Ensuring Children Have Access to Nutritious Meals During COVID-19 School Closures Recent guidance and information from the Food Research and Action Center. Posted April 21.

COVID 19 – Supplemental Emergency Procurement Guidance The state’s Division of Local Government Services addresses ways to reduce in-person contact during the competitive bidding process. Posted April 16. 

Educator Evaluation During Extended School Closure The New Jersey Department of Education provides additional guidance regarding the evaluation of certificated staff. Posted April 16. 

USDOE Provides Governors with Guidance on Emergency Ed Funds; N.J. to Receive $68.8 Million States can use proceeds to help school districts, colleges and early childhood centers most severely affected by the health crisis. Posted April 15.

Child Nutrition Program Options during COVID-19 School Closures  An FAQ on the most recent options available from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Posted April 10.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Nutrition Program Information Center AG’s Food and Nutrition Service provides updates for schools and organizations that operate federally funded meal programs. Posted April 10.

FAQ: Use of Federal Education Grant Funds during Current Health Emergency The USDOE responds to questions about allowable uses of funds from existing grant programs that were earmarked for compensation, travel, and conference costs. Posted April 9.

NJDOE Issues Revised Budget/Election Calendar In response to the Governor’s Executive Order 116, the education department has revised dates in the budget process for the state’s 13 April election districts. However, over 90% of school districts hold elections in November. For these districts, an important upcoming date involves public hearings on proposed budgets (April 24-May 7). Posted April 8.

FAQ: Federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act The U.S. Department of Labor provides important information for school districts and other employers covered by the federal legislation. In addition, the State Department of Labor and Workforce Development addresses the applicability of the CARES Act to New Jersey workers and the payroll tax credit available to covered employers under the Families First Act. Posted April 8.

Governor’s Order Waives Assessment and Evaluation Requirements Executive Order 117 affects eighth-grade tests, portfolio appeals and the use of student growth data in teacher evaluations. Posted April 7.

New Information about the CARES Act and K-12 Education As part of the federal aid package, which includes $30 billion for K-12 Education, the USDOE will allow flexibility in the use of education funding for technology infrastructure, teacher training on distance learning, and other strategies. Posted April 7.

State Board Approves Remote Delivery of Special Education and Related Services The State Board approved a temporary rule modifying the provision of special education services during the current state of emergency. April 1.

Guiding the Education Community Through the COVID-19 Pandemic The N.J. Department of Education has reorganized and updated its COVID-19 Resource page. Posted April 1.

State of New Jersey COVID-19 Website Information on health services, state policies and the impact of the pandemic on New Jerseyans.  March 25.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Guidance on Meal Delivery The final entry in this FAQ addresses reimbursement for meals provided during spring breaks canceled due to the COVID-19 school closings. Posted March 31.

State Assessments Are Canceled Following an announcement from the governor, Commissioner Repollet issued a memo to chief school administrators, announcing that the New Jersey Student Assessments will not be administered this year. March 24.

NEW Guidance on Virtual Meetings from Division of Local Government Services “In light of the Governor’s issuance of Executive Order 107, we have been strongly encouraged to conduct all public meetings subject to the Open Public Meetings Act exclusively using communications equipment (e.g., telephonic conference call-in connections, internet streaming, etc.) for the foreseeable future without providing a physical meeting place March 23.

Updates and Frequently Asked Questions Related to COVID-19 School Closures  The N.J. Department of Education’s information and guidance document.  March 23.

Addressing the Risk of COVID-19 in Preschool, Elementary and Secondary Schools While Serving Children with Disabilities A fact sheet from the U.S. Department of Education. March 21.

Governor expands emergency/preventive measures With Executive Order 107, Governor Murphy expands restrictions on commerce and maintains mandatory closing of all public and private schools. March 21.

Governor Signs Bills Addressing Government Operations and Public Meetings during Health Emergency  March 20.

April School Elections Postponed to May 12; Vote-by-Mail Only  Governor Murphy signs Executive Order 105, changing election dates for several localities including the 14 districts that conduct school board elections in the spring. March 19.

Emergency Procurement at the Local Level Local Finance Notice issued by the Division of Local Government Services, Department of Community Affairs, March 16.

Addressing the Risk of COVID-19 while Protecting the Civil Rights of Students Fact Sheet issued by the U.S. Department of Education, March 16.

Impact of COVID-19 on Assessments and Accountability under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act Information from the U.S. Department of Education, March 12.

NJDOE Novel Coronavirus Resource Page A regularly updated list of resources from the New Jersey Department of Education.

Responding to the Coronavirus A resource page from the National School Boards Association.

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Resources & Information

Mental Health and Wellness

Virtual Service Delivery in Response to COVID-19 Disruptions: Evaluation Guidance In a position paper, the N.J. Association of School Psychologists discourages the continuation of incomplete evaluations or the initiation of new evaluations that require in-person testing and/or observation until schools reopen. Posted May 6

National Child Traumatic Stress Network Pandemic Resources  NCTSN, created by Congress in 2000, offers information and resources for educators, parents and caregivers on helping children and school staff cope with the COVID-19 crisis. Posted April 24.

Care of Children during COVID-19 Separation The N.J. Department of Children and Families lists proactive steps to alleviate fear and stress if children are separated from parents during the pandemic. Posted April 19. 

After a Loss: Resources for School Districts NJSBA provides county-by-county contact information for the Traumatic Loss Coalitions for Youth and other mental health-related resources that school districts can consult during a tragedy. Posted April 17.

Cyberbullying increases amid coronavirus pandemic—what parents can do A recent article cites a 70% increase in cyberbullying during the pandemic and offers strategies for parents. Posted April 13.

How to Keep Students and Staff Safe on Videoconferencing Education Week offers information on what school districts need to know to use video-conference platforms effectively. Posted April 12.

Staying Green during the Quarantine The Sustainability Institute at The College of New Jersey, an NJSBA partner, offers guidance and information from the Sustainable Jersey for Schools and Sustainable Jersey programs. Posted April 8.

Tools for Behavioral Health Professionals During a Public Health Crisis   A public health crisis can cause distress for all involved, including providers of behavioral health services. The Northeast and Caribbean MHTTC (Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network) has developed a resource for behavioral health administrators and providers to help manage stress while dealing with COVID-19.  The Northeast & Caribbean MHTTC is located at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, School of Health Professions, Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions.  April 3

2,000 Viewers–and Counting–Tune into NJSBA-hosted SEL Event…Here’s Why  With the current public health emergency, strategies to ensure the social and emotional well-being of students are more critical than ever. Posted March 30.

Coping with Stress and Depression Mental Health America will present a free one-hour webinar for family caregivers and adults concerned about themselves or others during the current public health crisis on March 26 at 7 p.m.

State of New Jersey COVID-19 Website Information on health services, state policies and the impact of the pandemic on New Jerseyans.  March 25.

Tips for managing virtual instruction during the COVID-19 crisis In an article written for the NJEA, Dr. Maurice Elias of Rutgers University, the nation’s leading expert on social-emotional learning, advises educators on how to work with their students during this health emergency. March 21.

Mental Health and COVID-19: Information and Resources Mental Health America, a non-profit founded in 1909, provides a wide range of information and guidance for individuals and communities during the public health crisis. March 20.

How school professionals can create a safe environment for children during times of stress and disruption Advice from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, March 13.

Technology

Cyberbullying increases amid coronavirus pandemic—what parents can do A recent article cites a 70% increase in cyberbullying during the pandemic and offers strategies for parents. Posted April 13.

How to Keep Students and Staff Safe on Videoconferencing Education Week offers information on what school districts need to know to use video-conference platforms effectively. Posted April 12.

Best Practices to Stay Cyber Safe on Zoom The New Jersey State Bar Association offers safety tips on remote meetings. Posted April 7.

Broadband Options: COVID-19  Information on acquiring broadband service for students at home.

BoardDocs Free Resources Now through June 30, 2020, BoardDocs is offering free online governance tools to all New Jersey school districts and public governing bodies in response to the impact of COVID-19.

Secure Virtual Board Meetings and Classrooms with Cisco Webex School boards need assurance that online board meetings, staff meetings, and classrooms are cyber safe. Part of NJSBA’s Virtual Resources Webinar Series, this program will focus on ways school districts can transition smoothly to providing instruction and conducting business online. Date/time: Thursday, April 9 at 11 a.m.

Additional Technology Resources A collection of free online resources, curated with help from our NJSBA TEC partners.

Communications

Preventing Child abuse, Neglect and Domestic Violence during the Crisis The N.J. Department of Children and Families provides a social media toolkit to raise awareness of the signs of abuse. Posted April 29.

After a Loss: Resources for School Districts NJSBA provides county-by-county contact information for the Traumatic Loss Coalitions for Youth and other mental health-related resources that school districts can consult during a tragedy. Posted April 17.

Tips for Remote Board Meetings  Many school boards are conducting meetings via videoconference or livestreaming for the first time. Here are tips for board members to look and sound their best online. Posted April 14.

National School Public Relations Association/ Blackboard COVID-19 Best Practices, Tips and Resources  Includes “The Coronavirus Communications Crisis for Public Schools;” examples of COVID-19 communications from public schools; “Communicating to Your Communities During COVID-10: Top 10 Important Tips,” and other resources.

Communications Templates  Free COVID-19 school communication templates, including letters, media statements, news releases, website content on topics including extension of school closure, confirmed coronavirus case, thank you letter to community, and message to 2020 graduates from Donovan Group, a national school public relations firm.

Social Media Tips for Schools Regarding COVID-19  Five tips for using social media during the current crisis, from #SocialSchool4EDU

Coronavirus Outreach Plan  A five-step outreach plan for district leaders, includes advice to create an internal communications plan; form a steering committee for input on your communications; create consistent core messaging for all schools in the district and make sure materials are translated into languages spoken in your district.

Social Services

Poverty and COVID-19 The Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison offers resources on the public health crisis and its impact on vulnerable populations. Posted April 26.

Cinnaminson Helping Cinnaminson‘ A Freehold Regional educator rallies volunteers in her hometown to assist people in need during the health crisis. Published in People magazine. Posted March 29.

Addressing Hunger During the Coronavirus Crisis Hunger Free New Jersey provides an update on the state and federal efforts to help schools feed students during the closure.  March 25.

New Jersey Department of Human Services Outlines Assistance Available A wide range of actions are being taken which help children and families, senior citizens, individuals with disabilities, and mental health and substance abuse disorder services. In addition, information on housing assistance can be found hereMarch 19.

Instruction

Unlock Student Potential: The Library Is Open! The N.J. Association of School Librarians and the N.J. Library Association offer virtual services to students and families during the public health emergency. Posted April 27.

Garden State Teachers to Give Lessons via NJTV Broadcast lessons to begin April 6.

7 Things Apprenticeship Programs Can Do during the COVID-19 Crisis The senior advisor at the Center for Apprenticeship and Work-Based Learning offers steps that sponsors and program providers can take now to ensure re-engagement when the current emergency ends. Posted April 3.

‘Educators on the COVID-19 Front Line’–NJSBA Podcast Learn about a district’s successful efforts to meet the challenges of “going virtual” on short notice and how its staff members are helping the community fight COVID-19. Broadcast date: April 2, 2020, 2 p.m.

‘School’s Out: Managing Remote Learning During COVID-19’ NJSpotlight and NJTV presented a virtual roundtable discussion on our students’ “new educational landscape. Originally broadcast on March 26; available for download.

Special Education

Virtual Service Delivery in Response to COVID-19 Disruptions: Evaluation Guidance In a position paper, the N.J. Association of School Psychologists discourages the continuation of incomplete evaluations or the initiation of new evaluations that require in-person testing and/or observation until schools reopen. Posted May 6.

Parental Waivers for the Delivery of Remote or Virtual Special Education Services  An April 30 memo from the N.J. Department of Education states that requiring a waiver of present or future claims as a condition to implement a student’s IEP is prohibited. Posted May 1

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Practical Resources During the Pandemic  The N.J. Department of Education lists resources available to teachers and parents during this period of remote learning and social distancing. Posted April 23.

NSBA: Urge Congress to Increase IDEA Funding during COVID-19 Crisis “Targeted” flexibility, funding and resources are key points of this advocacy effort. Sample letter to Congress included. Posted April 15.

State Board Approves Remote Delivery of Special Education and Related Services The State Board approved a temporary rule modifying the provision of special education services during the current state of emergency. April 1.

Podcast: Meeting the Needs of Special Education Students-March 31 Part of NJSBA’s “Educators on the COVID-19 Front Line” series, this program will explore the challenges facing educators in serving students with special needs during the statewide school closure. Live Broadcast March 31; available for download.

Home Resources

Family, Teacher, and Technology Resources Resources for students, families and teachers to enhance remote and online learning.  March 31

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