The evolving situation surrounding the outbreak of COVID-19 has propelled the commonwealth and the world into an unprecedented scenario. While the uncertainties can be unsettling, we know that Pennsylvania has courage and through this, we will come back stronger together.
Eight leading education organizations, PACTA, PAIU, PA Principals Assoc., PARSS, PASA, PASBO, PSBA and PSEA have come together as part of a Back to School Taskforce to assist and support school leaders, administrators and educators as they plan for the coming academic year. From these organizations, more than 150 practitioners and experts comprised categorized work group committees to develop compiled insights and considerations on which local decision-makers can draw as they plan for the needs of their students, staff and communities.
Commonwealth Connected: Ideas from Across the State
New Territory: Resources for Adapting and Restoring
- 5/15/20 – CDC – Schools and Child Care Programs: Plan, Prepare, and Respond
- 3/31/20 – Pennsylvania-Based Nonprofit Makes Online Content and Support Available at No Cost to High Schools and Students in the Keystone State
- 3/28/20 – CRPE – The Latest from a Nationwide Survey: Districts Continue to Struggle Toward Online Learning
- 3/23/20 – PSEA – Tools and Resources for K-12 Online Learning during the COVID-19 Pandemic
- 3/18/20 – American Institute for Research – Evidence based health information, out of school learning, and the science on safe and supportive learning at home.
- Center for Safe Schools: Supporting One Another in Times of Crisis from Harvard Graduate School of Education
- Pennsylvania teachers tackle remote learning during coronavirus – WHYY
- AP Updates for Schools Impacted by Coronavirus | AP Central — The College Board
- McGraw-Hill Resources and Instructional Materials for Out-of-School Learning
- RTI International – Center for Education Services – COVID-19 Resources for Student Resiliency
- CASEL – Social and Emotional Learning Resources for Parents, Educators and State Policymakers
- Study.com Donates Mobile-Friendly Learning Curriculum to Schools
- Guidance for Childcare that remains Open
- The Hechinger Report
- Sound Discipline – Resources for educators and families during school closures and social distancing
A Creative Response: How School Districts Respond
Challenges can incite innovation. Keep track of how districts around the state are responding creatively to the needs of students and community. Select a book symbol to read an article about a district in the area and select a video symbol to watch an installment of Video EDition remote featuring a local school leader or legislator.
Video Edition Remote: Educational Updates from Legislators and School Leaders
- 6/15/20 – Legislative Look Back: School Reopening Resources
- 6/11/20 – The Power of Arts Education: How Do We Go Forward?
- 6/10/20 – Budget Impact & Reopening a Rural District: A Talk With Mike Panza
- 6/8/20 – Legislative Look Back: Mandate Waivers and Charter School Reform
- 6/4/20 – Transportation and Reopening Schools — A Talk With Mike Berk
- 6/1/20 – Legislative Look Back: Advocacy on Property Taxes, School Funding
- 5/28/20 – Healthcare and Reopening Schools – A Talk with School Nurse Shenessa Rossetti
- 5/26/20 – Legislative Look Back – State Budget, Mandate Waivers & Reopening Schools
- 5/21/20 – A Critical Role, Made Even More Essential — Our School Nurses
- 5/18/20 – Legislative Look Back – and the Week Ahead
- 5/13/20 – Budgeting Guidance from PASBO: A Talk with Wayne McCullough
- 5/11/20 – COVID-19 and School Nurses: A Talk with Betsy Snook
- 5/8/20 – School Law Priorities During Closures: A Talk with John G. Audi, Esq.
- 5/6/20 – CTE & School Closures: A Talk with Dr. Cathleen Plesnarski
- 5/4/20 – Fund Stability & Budgeting: A Talk with PSDLAF Leadership
- 5/1/20 – What Fall May Look Like for Schools: A Talk with Nathan Barrett
- 4/29/20 – State Budget Planning: A Talk with Rep. Kerry Benninghoff
- 4/27/20 – Coronavirus Impact on Spring Sports — A Talk with Dr. Robert Lombardi
- 4/24/20 – Budget Impact and Remote Operations: A Talk with Dr. Robert O’Donnell
- 4/22/20 – Financial and Future Plans — A Talk with Dr. Robert Gildea and Dr. Ronald Sommer
- 4/20/20 – How Georgia Schools are Coping: A Talk with Valarie Wilson
- 4/17/20 – School and Community Partnerships: A Talk with Greg Frigoletto
- 4/15/20 – Nationwide Perspective on Coronavirus and Schools with Tom Gentzel
View more on our YouTube channel.
Preparing for a Fall Reopening
- State-Specific School Safety Information and Resources
- 6/26/20 – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) releases strategies for safer buildings and offers science-backed public health solutions in the reopening of public buildings. For the full report on school reopening strategies: Reopening America: Strategies for Safer Schools.
- 4/29/20 – AFT Launches Landmark Plan to Safely Reopen America’s Schools and Communities
- 4/24/20 – NPR: 9 Ways Schools Will Look Different When (And If) They Reopen
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Tools for Virtual Board Meetings
Virtual meetings have taken on a new level of importance. PSBA has worked to secure the tools you need to operate effectively, even as we are all working from separate spaces.
Zoom virtual meeting spaces and BoardDocs paperless agenda solution will allow your board to connect, discuss, vote and review documents as if you were sitting together in a meeting room. Also a big element of any school board meeting is public accessibility. Challenge Solved!
PSBA along with partner, CM Regent is offering all member school districts and CTC’s a complimentary Zoom group license that gives your school board the ability to hold meetings and live stream them through YouTube or Facebook. Questions can be entered by public viewers, along with media members, and your school board directors can discuss and vote in a manner that is compliant and that allows school directors and their superintendent to have face time for optimal distance interaction.
PSBA training sessions are available so that you can maximize the use of your Zoom license and BoardDocs solution – opt-in for one or both and let us know that you’d like to receive training!
Zoom group license option is a 1-year agreement good through March 2021.
- Tips for Secure and Effective Digital School Board Meetings on Zoom
- Transitioning to Digital School Board Meetings on Zoom
- Tips for District Leaders Joining Digital Meetings
- Diligent's Response to COVID 19
- Frequently Asked Questions Regarding BoardDocs/Diligent and COVID 19
- Voting Paddle for Virtual School Board Meetings (Printable)
Zoom Opt-in Form
Please Note: Zoom Licensing was purchased for School District Board’s and Career and Technology Center Joint Operating Committee’s only.