COVID-19 Resources: KASB

KANSAS SCHOOL FACILITIES CLOSED UNTIL MAY 29, 2020

Unprecedented circumstances that threaten the safety of our students and the professionals who work with them every day require swift, thoughtful and coordinated action. On Tuesday, March 17, Gov. Laura Kelly announced that school buildings across the state must be closed for the duration of this school year for the purpose of general student and staff attendance. However, learning will continue for Kansas students.

NATIONAL RESOURCES

National School Boards Association

National School Public Relations Association

AASA-The School Superintendents Association

COVID-19 Checklist

KASB is a member of the School Leaders Risk Management Association (SLRMA). Below is a COVID-19 checklist that boards may find helpful.

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Resources from U.S. Department of Education include guidance for elementary and secondary schools and higher education.

CRISIS RESPONSE AND MENTAL HEALTH

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

040120 UPDATED Families First Response Act as applied to school employers (pdf)

COVID-19 and the American Workplace: U.S. Department of Labor

Direct URL https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic

Families First Coronavirus Response Act Notice

Frequently Asked Questions | U.S. Department of Labor

***Includes guidance on posting notices by April 1, 2020

Posters Employee Rights under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

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KASB RESOURCES

  • Members of the KASB Legal Assistance Fund, please log into the LAF member portal to access additional resources.

TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES AND SUPPORT

K12itc, a KASB Prestigious Partner and leader in providing technology solutions for school districts, compiled a list of resources and services that may be of use during the COVID-19 school closures. Many of the resources are free.

COMMUNICATIONS

When communicating with employees, students and families about Coronavirus, here are a few helpful key messages and tips to keep in mind:

  • The priority is the health and safety of students and employees.
  • Schools work closely with public health officials and rely heavily on their guidance because they are the experts.
  • Local and state health departments are the best resources for current information about Coronavirus.
  • Emphasize what is known at the time of the communication.
  • Include the date/time in all communications, including social media posts, because information can change quickly.
  • Include best hygiene practices in communications.
  • Create a web page that can be easily updated to links with the most current information from reliable sources, including the local and state health departments and the Centers for Disease Control.
  • The best way to combat rumors and speculation is easy access to reliable information.