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Responding to the Coronavirus

The emergence of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in the United States is a concern for everyone including school board members. The time, effort and cost to develop preparedness plans have put public schools in a position to protect the health of their students.

Preparing for worse case scenarios can have a tremendously positive benefit. Public schools should follow federal, state and local health authorities’ guidelines on current measures to prevent and respond to the coronavirus. Our guide, "COVID-19: Preparing For Widespread Illness in Your School Community: A Legal Guide for School Leaders," can help the preparedness efforts. The steps to prevention and mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery highlight key actions that can guide local efforts. We want to thank the National Association of School Nurses for its support and collaboration.

For more information regarding the recently passed Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201), read our FAQ

You will also find a list of resources and valuable news articles that contain more information and tools.

The information on this page will be updated as new resources and tools become available.


BuyBoard Facts and Resources

Compiled by a national purchasing cooperative, this facts and resource sheet includes recommendations to minimize spread of respiratory illnesses, cleaning and disinfecting procedures, and a directory of resources including sample guidance from county and state health agencies.

California Department of Public Health

An FAQ, video messages, and other resources from California's Department of Public Health.

CDC Data on Schools' Response to Pandemics

The Center for Public Education analyzes the presence of pandemic procedures in school districts’ crisis/emergency preparedness plans and offers helpful suggestions for implementing long-term strategies.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's coronavirus page includes an overview of what you should know about the disease, situation updates, and information tailored to different industries, including communities, schools, and businesses.

Center for Safe Schools

NSBA's Center for Safe Schools contains helpful information, tools, and webinars regarding crisis management, as well as a national forum for education and community leaders.

Civil Rights Fact Sheet

Created by the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education, this fact sheet provides information on how to address the the risk of COVID-19 in schools while protecting the civil rights of students.

Considerations for School Closure

Compiled by the CDC, this document contains recommendations on school closure based on available science, reports from other countries and consultation with school health experts.

COVID-19: Preparing for Widespread Illness in Your Community: A Legal Guide for School Leaders

A companion guide to Fostering Safer Schools and made in collaboration with the National Association of School Nurses, this legal guide explores the federally identified risks associated with COVID-19 and provides a checklist of issues school leaders should consider.

Department of Education

The U.S. Department of Education has compiled useful links and resources for schools and school personnel, as well as best practices for preventing the spread of disease.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act FAQ

How does the Families First Coronavirus Response Act impact student meals and school employee leave? COSA, a program of NSBA, has answered common questions school districts might have regarding relief for schools.

Interim Guidance for Administrators of US Childcare Programs and K-12 Schools

Compiled by the CDC, this guide 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.

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

Access toolkits, infographics, sample guidance, press releases and other assets. 

Making the Transition to Virtual Classrooms

From the Education Development Center, this blog post shares useful online learning strategies. The Education Development Center has also compiled their own resource page for educators and caregivers covering topics from student mental health to supporting STEM learning at home.

Mental Health America

For the general public, the mental health effects of COVID-19 are as important to address as are the physical health effects. To aid individuals and communities during this time, MHA has compiled a range of resources and information.

New York State Department of Health

A variety of resources from New York State Department of Health, including a webinar from February of a presentation given to update schools on the coronavirus.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration 

Providing a range of information on the disease, OSHA is educating American workers and the general public on its background, symptoms, and control and prevention efforts.

Online Education and Website Accessibility Webinar

From the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education, this short webinar provides guidance on ensuring web accessibility for students with disabilities for schools utilizing online learning during the outbreak.

State and Territorial Health Departments

A directory of the health departments in all 50 states, 8 U.S. territories and freely associated states, and the District of Columbia.

Washington State Department of Health 

Washington State Department of Health has compiled helpful classroom tips for teachers and a school supply list for education leaders.

World Health Organization

A detailed Q&A from the World Health Organization on the coronavirus.


Federal Insider Podcasts

March 10, 2020 Recording Deborah and NSBA’s Sonja Trainor welcome special guest Donna Mazyck, Executive Director of the National Association of School Nurses. They discuss the coronavirus, preventative measures, and resources to help keep you informed and to plan for an outbreak in your community.

March 24, 2020 Recording Members of the House and Senate are negotiating the third emergency supplemental package to help states, local governments, and the healthcare community respond to the spread of the novel coronavirus. Deborah and Francisco bring you the latest including what can be done to help special education students during this time of social distancing.