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Coronavirus & Pandemic Resources

The Latest State and Federal Guidance & Information
On the American Rescue Plan (signed in March 2021)
Estimated school district and charter school allocations under the ARP ESSER Fund (3-29-21)
* Estimated funding to be available to PA districts and charter schools (from PASBO, March 2021)

From the PDE

"What's New?" - Check for the most recent PDE updates.
* Resources for School Communities During Covid-19
* Updated Recommendations for Social Distancing in Schools (3-29-21)
Updated Recommendations on Handling COVID-19 Cases in Schools (3-29-21)
* Vaccine Initiative Information (3/3/21)
* Assessment Update (2/12/21)
* Updated Instructional Model Recommendations and FAQs (3/3/21)
* Operating Schools in a Pandemic: Predicted Effects of Opening, Quarantining, and Closing Strategies
  -  Mathematica Report: "New Models Highlight How Different Approaches to Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic Could Affect Students, Teachers, and Learning"   

From the USDE 
* COVID-19 Handbook, Volume 1: Strategies for Safely Reopening Elementary and Secondary Schools
COVID-19 Handbook, Volume 2: Roadmap to Reopening Safely and Meeting All Students' Needs
Questions and Answers for K-12 Public Schools in the Current COVID-19 Environment
From the PA Department of Health

* Updated Mitigation Order Re: Masking (5/3/21)
* DOH Attestation Order (11/23/20)

From the CDC 

* CDC Guidance for Schools and Child Care Programs
Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility (4/5/21)
Ventillation in Schools and Child Care Programs (updated 2/26/21)
Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools through Phased Mitigation (2/12/21)
    - Fact Sheet - U.S. Department of Education COVID-19 Handbook Volume 1: Strategies for Safely Reopening Elementary and Secondary Schools
    - U.S. Department of Education COVID-19 Handbook Volume 1: Strategies for Safely Reopening Elementary and Secondary Schools
* Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools through Phased Mitigation (2/12/21)
    - Fact Sheet - U.S. Department of Education COVID-19 Handbook Volume 1: Strategies for Safely Reopening Elementary and Secondary Schools
    - U.S. Department of Education COVID-19 Handbook Volume 1: Strategies for Safely Reopening Elementary and Secondary Schools
    - AASA Response (2/12/21)
School Decision-Making Tool for Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians
Screening K-12 Students for Symptoms of COVID-19: Limitations and Considerations
FAQ for School Administrators on Reopening Schools
Guidance for K-12 School Administrators on the Use of Cloth Face Coverings in Schools
Back to School Planning: Checklists to Guide Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers

PIAA and Restarting Athletics
* Return to Competition Update (March 2021)
PIAA Pandemic Q&A (7/27/20)
Frequently Asked Questions and Other Resources

Leadership & Management Issues
PASBO Analysis: Projections for Loss of Local School Revenue in 2020-21
* A Sample Guide for Leading Your School District Through This Crisis (Connie Kindler)
Coronavirus Communication for School Leaders (from the Donovan Group)

Joint Education Associations Task Force Report on School Reopening
Pennsylvania School Reopening Task Force Report (June 18 - from PASA, PSBA, PAIU, PASBO, PSEA, PA Principals Assn., PACTA & PARSS)
* Video Briefing 1: Overview of the Report (FOCUS: Facilities & Logistics, Instruction, Extracurriculars/Co-Curriculars, Special Education, Resources and Health & Safety)
* Video Briefing 2: Overview of the Report (FOCUS: Staffing/Personnel, Communications & Outreach, Community Needs and Transportation) 

Ideas and Considerations for Opening and Operating Schools in a Pandemic

* Panel Discussion/Webinar: "Parent Providing Support - Helping Out Children Return to School" (CPSEL)
* Blogs from Learning Personalized by Heidi Hayes Jacobs and Allison Zmuda
     Curriculum Choices in the Face of COVID-19
     Deciding What to Cut, What to Keep and What to Create
     What COVID19 Has Illuminated about the Power of Self-Evaluation to Make Assessment Meaningful
     Fresh Approaches to Schedules, Grouping & Shaping Physical and Virtual Learning Spaces
* Statement from the PA Academy of Family Physicians (July 21)
AASA COVID-19 Recovery Task Force: Guiding Principles & Action Steps for Reopening
Reunite, Renew and Thrive: SEL Roadmap for Reopening School (from CASEL: the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning)
* Preventing a Lost School Year (from the Stand for Children Leadership Center)
Guide to Coping After Mass Trauma: School Grief Counseling Techniques (from Bradley University)
* Creating Successful Online Learning (from Edutopia)
* COVID-19: Recommendations for School Reopening (from SIckKids, Ontario, Canada)
* Child Care, Schools and Youth Programs: Plan, Prepare and Respond (from the CDC)
Planning Assumptions on Return to School (from San Diego County Office of Education)
* Guidelines for Social Distancing on School Buses (from Education Week)
A Roadmap of Essential Actions to Help District and School Leaders Plan and Implement a Safe, Efficient, and Equitable Return to School
* School Leaders Debate Solutions for an Uncertain 2020-21 (from Edutopia) 
* How Will Schools Open Safety in Fall 2020? (from District Administration)  
* A Blueprint for Back to School (from EducationNext) 
* A Plan to Safely Reopen America's Schools & Communities (from the AFT)   
* A Blueprint for Back to School (from the American Enterprise Institute)   
* "Seven Steps to Sending Elementary Kids Back to School and Parents Back to Work" (by Michael Petrilli on medium.com)

K-12 Tips, Guidance and Resources

COVID-19 FAQs for School District Leaders (from AASA and ASBO)
Free K-12 Resources During the Coronavirus Pandemic (from districtadministration.com)
Zoom Security Tips (developed by PSEA)
Tips for Setting Online Boundaries with Students (from the Professional Standards & Practices Commission)
Educator and Student Videoconference and Best Practices (from the School Administrators of Iowa)
Coronavirus webpage (from the Consortium for School Networking - CoSN)

Pennsylvania Department of Education
Order Regarding Use of Masks in Schools (from the PDE)
Guidance on Instructional Hours Requirement (from the PDE)
Considerations for Reopening Pennsylvania Schools (from the PDE as developed by the Regional Educational Laboratories Mid-Atlantic)
Frequently Asked Questions
Continuity of Education Template and Email address to submit plans to the PDE: RA-EDContinuityofEd@pa.gov

* Guidance on Evaluations & Virtual Assessments
* Guidance on Professional Employee Evaluation
* Link to Waiver Information
* Special Education Guidance

Resources from PASA Sponsors

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Other Pennsylvania Resources

Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency Website 
Ready PA Website 
PA Emergency Preparedness Guide
Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) Website 

AASA Resources
Resources Webpage
Meeting Students’ Nutritional Needs During a Pandemic: A Resource for School Superintendents
Student Privacy During the COVID-19 Pandemic (March 20)

Legislation in PA and Washington
SB 751 (School Code amendments) and Summary of SB 751 provisions - signed into law on March 27 as Act 13 of 2020
Changes to Act 82 (Educator Evaluation) passed in SB 751, now Act 13 of 2020 - from the PA Principals Association

National and International Resources
U.S. Department of Education
FAQ about the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER Fund) (from the USDE)
Equitable Services under the CARES Act - FAQ

Supplemental Guidance on Spec. Ed/Civil Rights (March 21)
Guidance from the USDE: Civil Rights and Coronavirus (March 16)
Guidance from the U.S. Department of Education (March 13) for schools on issues concerning the coronavirus, including guidance on student data privacy, assessments, accountability measures and students with disabilities (press release with links to specific guidance)
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Coronavirus Disease Information
Pandemic Basics, Strategies for Schools Managing a Pandemic  

World Health Organization (WHO): Coronavirus Updates and Information
U.S. Department of Agriculture: Website
U.S. Department of Homeland Security: 
Pandemic Information 
U.S. Department of Labor (OSHA) Website 
Responding to Coronavirus: A Downloadable Guide for Schools - from Education Week