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Coronavirus & Pandemic Resources

The Latest State and Federal Guidance
From the Governor
* Targeted Mitigation Order (7/16/20)
From the PDE

* 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"   
* "What's New?" - Check for the most recent PDE updates.
* Special Education: Answers to FAQs Regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic (8/31/20) 
*  Answers to FAQs specific to charter and nonpublic school transportation (8/31/20)
* Recommendations for Pre-K to 12 Schools Following Identification of a Case(s) of COVID-19 (Aug. 13)
             Webinar with an overview of these recommendations
* Determining Instructional Models During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Recommendations for Pre-K to 12 Schools (Aug. 10)
* FAQ on the Instructional Model Recommendations (August 10)
Public Health Guidance Regarding COVID-19 for Phased Reopening of Pre-K to 12 Schools (July 16)
Press Release: Wolf Administration Provides Updated Guidance to Safely Reopen Pennsylvania’s Schools (July 16)

From the USDE Office for Civil Rights
* Questions and Answers for K-12 Public Schools in the Current COVID-19 Environment
From the PA Department of Health
* Update Guidance on Safe Gathering Limits (10/6/20)
      Amended Targeted Mitigation FAQ (10/6/20)
* Updated Guidance on Universal Face Covering Order
Targeted Mitigation Order - FAQ (July 23)
From the CDC 

* NEW! Interim Considerations for Testing for K-12 School Administrators and Public Health Officials (10/13/20)
Preparing K-12 School Administrators for a Safe Return to School in Fall 2020
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
The Importance of Reopening America’s Schools this Fall

PIAA and Restarting Athletics
* Updated Guidance on Spectator Attendance (9/2/20)
PIAA Decision on Fall Sports (8/21/20)
* PIAA Guidance on Return to Competition: Imdividual Sport Considerations (7/29/20)
* Press Release on Start Dates for Athletics This Fall (7/29/20)
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 Reopening Schools

* 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)
* from the PDE: Preliminary Guidance for Phased Reopening of Schools
Frequently Asked Questions
Continuity of Education Template and Email address to submit plans to the PDE: RA-EDContinuityofEd@pa.gov
Wolf Administration Applies for $523 Million in Emergency Funds to Support Schools (press release, 5/4/20)
* Guidance on Evaluations & Virtual Assessments
* From the Secretary: Schools Closed for Remainder of 2019-20 school year (4/9/20)
* Guidance on Professional Employee Evaluation
* Link to Waiver Information
* Special Education Guidance

School Meals
From PDE: About USDA Waivers Concerning Meal Pickup, Meal Pattern Flexibility (March 27)
From USDA: Nationwide Waiver to Allow  Meal Pattern Flexibility in the Child Nutrition Programs (March 25)

From USDA: Nationwide Waiver to Allow Parents and Guardians to Pick Up Meals for Children (March 25)

Resources from PASA Sponsors

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Other Pennsylvania Resources

The Governor's Office
* Wolf Administration Announces Targeted Mitigation Efforts in Response to Recent COVID Case Increases (July 15)
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

  * Summary of the Bill
  * Specific Education Provisions
  * Information on Federal Waivers under the CARES Act
  * T
emplate for Federal Waivers under the CARES Act 
  * USDE Proposed Rules for Equitable Distribution of Funds through the CARES Act  (July 1)

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