NJSBA’s COVID-19 Resource Center, at www.njsba.org/COVID-19, is updated frequently with new information on the impact of COVID-19 on schools, issues to consider when schools reopen, and state and federal guidance.

Recent additions include the following:

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 guide. Posted 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.

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