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Coronavirus Preparedness Guidance

In the last few weeks, the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), which causes the respiratory illness COVID-19, has become a topic of concern nationwide. Being proactive is key to prevention and mitigation.

Below, you will find a list of resources on all aspects of preparedness, including guidance on communication planning, policy, emergency management and disease control. Use these resources to help you make decisions regarding the safety and health of those in your school district.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for Schools: Webinar Series

PSBA hosted six virtual sessions with presentations by an expert on critical and timely topics; communication practices during the coronavirus pandemic; the business of boards during shutdown; facilities restoration and clean-up, and other essential topics. Members have access to the recorded sessions via

I. PSBA Coronavirus Updates

  1. 4/3/20 – PSBA update from the Pennsylvania Board of Finance and Revenue
  2. 4/3/20 – The complex equation of earnings and compensation unemployment
  3. 4/1/20 – E-Rate Schools Report from the Center for Public Education, NSBA, and PSBA
  4. 3/18/20 – Joint letter to legislators: PSBA and other education partners call for statewide policy
  5. 3/16/20 – Communications Update – Submit your questions on school operations & coronavirus
  6. 3/13/20 – Policy Update – remote board meetings

II. Communications

PSBA Crisis Communications, a member benefit supported by The Donovan Group is available 24/7 at no cost to PSBA member districts, for guidance on how to communicate with communities, families and the media. Communication templates available here.

III. Emergency Management

Resources from PEMA:

IV. Legal & Policy Insights

V. News Updates

From the Office of the Governor

Pennsylvania Department of Education

Pennsylvania Department of Health

VI. Wellness and Disease Management

VII. Planning Checklists

VIII. Additional Questions?

Please use the form below to submit any additional questions about coronavirus preparedness.