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.
PA Schools Ready is the place to come for innovative and thoughtful ideas from other districts—ways for schools, communities and parents to cope. It’s the spot where you’ll see real-time results of a statewide poll showing the needs of districts and their feelings on state-level support. Take a look at the heat map showing the impact of the pandemic to schools across the country, and join us on Twitter at #PASchoolsReady as we support each other and create new solutions. We are strong together and we are ready to take on what’s next to restore our school system.
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 Deal with School Closures
Challenges can incite innovation. Keep track of how districts around the state are responding creatively to coronavirus school closures with this new interactive map. 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
- 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
- 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
#PASchoolsReady Twitter Feed
AT&T Hotspot plans for PA Public Schools
AT&T, in partnership and consultation with the PSBA, has extended a number of offers to school districts throughout the nation and here in Pennsylvania. These include unlimited and mobile hotspot plans with content management for $59.99/month, WebEx meeting services at ranging prices, Samsung tablets for $119.99, and MiFi devices as low as $.99. In addition to these offers, AT&T has waived domestic wireless plan overage charges for data, voice and text messages for residential and small business customers through June 30. Those interested in waived overage charges should log in to their account online and request assistance through the chat function. For more details on these offers, please contact AT&T representatives in your area.
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. BoardDocs free option is good through June 30, 2020.
- 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)
PSBA and BoardDocs Complimentary Offer!
To assist PSBA members in navigating electronic board meetings, PSBA has partnered with BoardDocs to offer those school entities not currently subscribing to the BoardDocs Paperless Agenda System, access to the BoardDocs LT Paperless Agenda System at no cost through June 30.
If your school entity is a current subscriber to the BoardDocs Paperless Agenda System, we are offering access to a free upgrade to PLUS within the current service level through June 30th. PLUS supports multiple meeting/governing bodies that can each have separate meetings, separate document managers and separate administrative access. PLUS allows districts to:
- Manage and control meetings and minutes separately for related boards and committees, such as a Crisis Communications Committee, Administrative committees, etc.
- Designate different publishers for different boards and committees
BoardDocs offers a solution to fit every budget while boosting efficiency and the cost of managing meetings for governing bodies. For an in-depth look at each BoardDoc’s service, click here.
Please complete the form below if your school entity is interested in receiving any of the BoardDocs Paperless Agenda offerings, complimentary through June 30. For any district that needs assistance on specific BoardDocs functionality, support is available 24×7 by contacting email@example.com.
Zoom & BoardDocs Opt-in Form
Please Note: Zoom Licensing was purchased for School District Board’s and Career and Technology Center Joint Operating Committee’s only.