What Schools Need to Know to Fight the Coronavirus

Posted By: Michelle Shea News & Updates,

Last Updated: February 22, 2021

Not enough information, too much information? Either way, issues with the Coronavirus are serious, and the impact on schools can be formidable. How to keep the Coronavirus at bay with proper cleaning techniques? How do you handle closure of school? And how do you plan for an uncertain re-opening?  These questions are addressed and additional information is provided in the links below. Managing expectations, pre-planning, and communicating to all your constituencies will help you navigate the threat to your school. 

MISBO Resources:

Partners to Help Your School Transition to Remote Learning

Digital Educational Resources

Outbreak Management (Webinar Recorded on Thursday, March 5)

Guidelines for Safe Online Student Interactions (Webinar Recorded on Wednesday, April 1)

COVID-19 and Visitor Procedures from Visitu


CDC Vaccine Resources

Georgia Department of Public Health

Florida Health

North Carolina COVID Vaccine Information

Tennessee COVID Vaccine Eligibility Tool

South Carolina COVID Vaccine Information

Alabama COVID Vaccine Resource

The COVID-19 Vaccine: Guidance for Independent Schools from Venable LLP

Legal Tip of the Week: Employers May Require the COVID-19 Vaccine from NAIS (login required)

Mandating COVID Vaccine from SHRM

COVID-19 Vaccines Dashboard from Multistate

planning for the 20-21 school year:

Financial Modeling Tool from Actionable Institutional Research & Data in collaboration with Organizational Sustainability Consultants for member schools at no charge.

Private School Financial Framework Toolkit from Armanino

School 3 Ways from California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)

Mapping Out Plans for the 20-21 School Year: Key Steps and Considerations from SAIS

An Open Letter to Independent School Leaders from Kennesaw State University

Re-Entry Plan 2020-2021 from Grandview Preparatory School

Be the One That Called from Our Fundraising Search

Back-To-School FAQs For Educational Institutions During The COVID-19 Era from Fisher Phillips

Return to Work Protocol from Lausanne Collegiate School

Pandemic Coordinator Training & Certification from Joffe Emergency Services

Screening Log Sample from Joffee Emergency Services

Return to Campus Plan from Woodward Academy

COVID-19: Briefing materials from McKinsey & Company

What Schools Need to Know About the Coronavirus:

Real-Time Map of Reported Cases and their Status from Johns Hopkins CSEE

Rt ratings for COVID-19 from Rt.live

Coronavirus Disease from the CDC

Sharing Solutions from NAIS

Coronavirus Guidance for Schools from NAIS (Updated with CDC 3/7 Guidelines)

Understanding Coronavirus: What Schools Need to Know from NAIS

Additional Coronavirus Guidance for Schools from NAIS

Coronavirus Session at the NAIS Annual Conference

COVID-19 FAQs And 10-Point Action Plan For Educational Institutions from Fisher Phillips

Crucial Tech Leadership for Business Continuity in Schools from our friends at ATLIS

Get the Facts on Coronavirus from CBC News

A COVID-19 Q&A for Independent Schools from Venable LLP

COVID-19 Resource Center from Armanino

Crisis Planning Checklist from Armanino

COVID-19 Resources from The Enrollment Management Association

COVID-19 Resources and How They Impact Different Sectors of our Community from Smith & Howard

Coronavirus Tax Relief from the IRS (Courtesy of Smith & Howard)

Coronavirus Resources from Bolton & Company

COVID-19 Data Pack Infographic from InformationisBeautiful

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act CARES Act (Pub. L. 116-136) from National Council of Nonprofits

SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus from US Small Business Administration

Protecting Children During a Crisis from Darkness to Light

Opening Up America Again from Cobbs Allen

SBA Loan resources:

Assistance for Small Businesses from US Treasury

Treasury Department Announces Small Businesses Can Apply for Loan Starting April 3 from Smith & Howard

Loans Available for Nonprofits in the CARES Act (Public Law 116-136) from National Council of Nonprofits

COVID-19 Emergency Loans: Small Business Guide from US Chamber of Commerce

Loan Toolkit from blumshapiro

Paycheck Protection Program Calculator from Smith & Howard

Document Checklist for Paycheck Protection Program Loan Application

Paycheck Protection Program Application

SBA Releases Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application: A Deep Dive from Forbes

COVID-19 Resources and Updates from Smith & Howard

New COVID-19 Legislation Includes Tax Credits for Independent Schools from Venable (Jan 2021)


HR issues:

Legal Alert: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Act: Prepare to Provide Paid Sick Leave and FMLA from Fisher Phillips

COVID-19 and Paid Sick Leave: What Independent Schools Need to Know from Venable LLP

Virtual Interviewing & Hiring from Southern Teachers

Coronavirus-related Paid Leave news statement from the IRS (Courtesy of Smith & Howard)

FFCRA (Families First Coronavirus Response Act) Updates from CheckWriters

CARES Act Includes Employee Benefits Related Provisions, Additional FFCRA Guidance Issued from Bolton & Company

CARES Act Brief and Items to Consider from Cafaro Greenleaf

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Additional Details Regarding Proper Documentation of Leaves from Bolton & Company


About Online Learning:

You Can Do It: Online and Blended Learning When You Need It Most from ATLIS

How Schools Can Ramp Up Remote Learning Programs Quickly with Microsoft Teams from Microsoft

Coronavirus Disruptions: An Offer of Support to our Communities and Customers from LogMeIn (GoToMeeting)

How to Use Zoom for Online Learning from Zoom

COVID-19 from Global Onlline Academy

Making the Transition to Remote Learning from Microsoft

Is Your School Shifting to Remote Learning from Microsoft

Adobe Enables Distance Learning Globally for Schools Impacted by COVID-19 from Adobe

FAQs: Virtual School Counseling Ethics from ASCA (American School Counselor Association)

How to Keep the Party Crashers from Crashing Your Zoom Event from Zoom

Looking Ahead to A Hybrid 2020–21: What Does That Mean for Schools? from One Schoolhouse


From Schools:

Protecting Our Community Against Coronavirus from Lausanne Collegiate School, TN

Health Update from Carrollwood Day School, FL

A Message Regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and an Update on the Coronavirus from The Children's School, GA

Coronavirus Letter from St. Paul's Episcopal School, AL

Flexible Plan for Instructional Continuity from Sacred Heart Schools Preparatory, CA
(courtesy of Denise Musselwhite at Trinity Preparatory, FL)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Critical Information from Woodward Academy, GA

Remote Learning Page from Woodward Academy, GA