As a service to its members, the New Jersey School Boards Association is offering information and guidance on school district preparation in response to a possible outbreak of the coronavirus.

“Since boards of education are responsible for the health and safety of 1.4 million students in our state, it is important that we know the facts and have a plan in place to deal with any level of threat that emerges,” said NJSBA Executive Director Dr. Lawrence S. Feinsod.

This resource page includes guidance from the New Jersey Department of Health, New Jersey Department of Education, National School Boards Association and other organizations, as well as model and sample policies developed by the NJSBA School Policy Service on subjects relevant to the current situation.

State and National Resources

Requirements to Implement a Public Health-Related School Closure Supplemental guidance issued by the New Jersey Department of Education, March 13, 2020.

Open Public Meetings Act and Technology The latest information from the NJSBA Legal & Labor Relations Department and the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, March 12 and 13.

Guidance Regarding Requirements for Public Health-Related School Closure The New Jersey Department of Education addresses the 180-day instructional requirement in light of health-related school closings. Issued March 5, 2020.

New Jersey Department of Health COVID-19 Guidance for Child Care and K-12 Schools The latest guidance from the New Jersey Department of Health, UPDATED March 4, 2020.

Updated 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for Child Care and K-12 Schools Memo from the New Jersey Department of Education, issued on March 3, 2020.

Interim Guidance for Administrators of US Childcare Programs and K-12 Schools to Plan, Prepare, and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Developed by the CDC, this online reference includes a section on “Guidance for schools which do not have COVID-19 identified in their community.”

COVID-19: Preparing for Widespread Illness in Your School Community Developed by the National School Boards Association, in collaboration with the National Association of School Nurses, the document addresses “Planning for COVID-19 Challenges in Your School District,” offers links to resources from the health agencies, and includes a “COVID-19 Planning Checklist.”

COVID-19 (“Coronavirus”) Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel Information from the U.S. Department of Education

NJSBA Policies

The following NJSBA sample policies may be of assistance:

  • 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 prolonged absence.

The NJSBA will continue to monitor the situation and provide more resources and information as they become available.,