As school business officials (SBOs) are monitoring the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and its impact in their state and district, ASBO International is here to support our members with tools, information, and resources to stay informed and appropriately respond to COVID-19 to protect their students, staff, and communities.
What do you need to know about COVID-19? (Updated 4/3/20)
- COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. Risk of infection is higher for people who are close contacts of someone known to have COVID-19, or those who live in or who have recently been in an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19. Symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
- As of March 12, there were 1,215 cases reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the U.S., across 42 states and D.C. The World Health Organization (WHO) has officially declared the disease to be a pandemic, with over 121,000 cases reported globally.
- As of March 25, 2020, there were 54,453 cases in the U.S., across all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and Virgin Islands. There are over 460,000 cases globally. (Added 3/25/20)
- As of April 3, 2020, there are 245,658 cases in the U.S., across all states and territories. Globally there are over 1,040,000 cases across 181 countries/regions. (Added 4/3/20)
- Currently there is no vaccine or antiviral treatment for COVID-19. However, there are basic steps people can take to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or us an alcohol-based sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol) if soap and water are not available.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough/sneeze with a tissue and throw the tissue into the trash.
- Clean/disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
(Sources: WHO COVID-19 website, CDC factsheet, and CDC website on COVID-19 in the U.S.)
For tools and resources to help you communicate COVID-19-related issues to your community, please refer to NSPRA's guide, "The Coronavirus Communications Crisis for Public Schools." (Added 3/17/20)
What federal guidance is available for schools regarding COVID-19? (Updated 4/2/20)
The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is compiling cross-agency resources and information for elementary, secondary, and higher education institutions and personnel at: https://www.ed.gov/coronavirus. Please send questions to ED via email at: COVIDemail@example.com.
- Key guidance SBOs will want to review with other school leaders and staff include:
- White House Guidance
- CDC guidance
- ED guidance
- USDA guidance
What is Congress doing in response to COVID-19? (Updated 3/31/20)
Earlier in March, Congress passed an $8.3 billion emergency bill to support research into a COVID-19 vaccine, treatments, stockpiling medical supplies, and providing low-interest loans for small businesses impacted by the virus. H.R. 6074, the "Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act" reflects "phase-one" of the federal government's response (a summary of the bill is available here).
After the President declared COVID-19 a national emergency on March 13, Congress swiftly prepared a "phase-two" emergency response bill to COVID-19, which passed on March 18. H.R. 6201, the "Families First Coronavirus Response Act" is a $100 billion spending package that includes emergency funding for paid sick leave, widespread free COVID-19 testing, provisions to provide flexibilities and meal assistance for schools during school closures, and temporary increases in federal Medicaid funding to states.
Congress passed a "phase-three" bill on March 27 to provide additional support for economic recovery from COVID-19. The package includes nearly $31 billion in emergency education funding. The full text and summaries of the Senate CARES Act can be found below.
Congress is on recess for several weeks, but officials are looking into a possible fourth COVID-19 spending bill, which could potentially provide more education funding, including investing in broadband to help bridge the student connectivity “homework” gap, more financial aid to state and local governments, investing in infrastructure, and other priorities. Lawmakers may also start work on the 2021 federal fiscal year appropriations cycle soon too, depending on how the outbreak progresses.
We encourage members to join ASBO International’s Legislative Affairs Community for further legislative updates as we learn more information and to be on the lookout for upcoming webinars to help you lead and support your community's response to COVID-19.
What is ASBO International doing in response to COVID-19? (Updated 3/31/20)
In addition to sharing information and resources to support our members during this difficult time, ASBO International is working with our Legislative Advisory Committee, education coalition partners, and federal officials to advocate for flexibilities and assistance for schools impacted by COVID-19. Here are just a few examples of how we have been advocating for ASBO members:
- Working with ASBO International’s Legislative Advisory Committee to share information about what districts are doing to prepare for COVID-19 with members, the media, and the general public.
- Advocating with sister education organizations and coalitions for federal support, financial aid, and clear guidance for schools during the COVID-19 outbreak.
- Asked ED for more K–12 guidance on COVID-19, especially regarding school responsibilities for educating students with disabilities during school closures (which ED released).
- Advocating with the EdLiNC coalition to ask the FCC for E-Rate flexibilities and extra funding to ensure that students affected by school closures have adequate Internet access while learning from home. (Updated 3/25/20)
- Advocating with nutrition organizations to obtain nationwide USDA waivers and push back program deadlines to help schools serve meals to students in non-congregate settings during closures. (Added 3/20/20)
- Participated in a call with U.S. Vice President Pence and Education Secretary DeVos with national education organizations to discuss federal guidance and support to schools during the COVID-19 outbreak. (Added 3/26/20)
- Providing opportunities for ASBO International members to share feedback on how COVID-19 is impacting their communities so ASBO International can share your stories with Hill officials.
- Providing a global network of support for school business professionals to ask peers for questions and advice about how to best manage rising concerns about COVID-19 in their community.
- Sharing the latest updates on COVID-19 via ASBO International publications (Accents, School Business Daily) and communications channels (social media, Global School Business Network, webinars, emails). (Added 3/19/20)
Additional COVID-19 news and resources are available below: (Updated 4/3/20)
*ASBO International Website: Going Green Resources (Added 3/25/20)
AASA, The School Superintendents Association
Amazing Educational Resources: Spreadsheet List of Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions Due to School Closings (Added 3/16/20)
American Fidelity Administrative Services: COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (Added 3/31/20)
American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
American Lung Association Stay Safe & Informed About COVID-19 Resources (Added 4/3/20)
Common Sense: Wide Open School Online Learning Resources (Added 4/3/20)
District Administration: 82 Free K-12 Resources During the Coronavirus Pandemic (Added 3/31/20)
District Administration: Education Funding Streams in CARES Act Provide Wealth of Spending Options (Added 4/1/20)
District Administration: FFCRA Guidance for School Districts as Employers (Added 4/1/20)
Education Week Series on Coronavirus and Schools
Edunomics Lab (Added 3/31/20)
Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) (Added 3/20/20)
Franczek Education Legal Issues Blog Regarding COVID-19 (Added 4/3/20)
Government Financial Officer's Association (GFOA) Fiscal First Aid Resource Center (Added 4/3/20)
ISTE / EdSurge Resources for Schools to Cope with Coronavirus (Added 3/16/20)
JD Supra Coronavirus/COVID-19 News & Analysis (Added 4/2/20)
National Association of School Nurses
National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD): Educator's Guide to Virtual Learning: Actions to Support Students with Disabilities (Added 3/25/20)
National Center for Systemic Improvement: COVID-19 Resource Hub for Supporting Students with Disabilities (Added 3/25/20)
National Education Association (NEA)
National PTA COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resources (Added 3/31/20)
National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA)
No Kid Hungry Emergency Grants to School Districts and Nonprofit Organizations (Added 3/20/20)
NPR Special Series on Coronavirus Crisis
Policy Innovators in Education (PIE) Network: Rapid Response Resources for COVID-19 (Added 3/31/20)
School Nutrition Association (SNA)
Tech for Learners: Online Learning Products, Resources, & Services to Facilitate and Expand Online Learning (Added 3/25/20)
Texas Association of School Boards Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources (Added 3/25/20)
The National Law Review: Summary of CARES Act - SBA Loans, Tax Relief, Rebates, Employee Benefits, and Other Provisions (Added 3/31/20)
The National Law Review: FAQs on New Paid Leave Entitlements Under FFCRA for Public Sector Employers (Added 3/31/20)
The New York Times Coronavirus Resources for Teaching and Learning
School District and State Education Agency Resources on COVID-19 (Updated 4/1/20)
California Department of Education: Letter from State Director of Special Education on Educating Students with Disabilities (Added 4/1/20)
Cypress Fairbanks ISD Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
Fulton County Schools COVID-19 Coronavirus Updates
Parkrose School District Resources
Texas Education Agency: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Support and Guidance
Virginia Department of Education: COVID-19 & Virginia Public Schools Guidance and Resources
Virginia Department of Education: Superintendent's & Principals' Memos (Added 3/31/20)
Members-Only Resources (Login Required) (Updated 4/2/20)
ASBO International Network Discussions: (Updated 4/2/20)
ASBO International Toolkits: (Added 3/31/20)
ASBO International Webinars (Updated 4/1/20)
ASBO International File Library Resources (Added 4/1/20)
(Have another useful resource on COVID-19 to share that’s not listed? Contact us.)
- Working Together for Student Success: A Guide for SBOs & CTOs (See section on IT Infrastructure & Systems Management for tips/resources on cloud computing, interoperability, and maintaining continuity during a crisis. See section on Data Management & Security for tips to protect student data and privacy, develop policies via stakeholder engagement, and improve cybersecurity in schools)
- Inclusive Technology Toolkit - Local Procurement Practices (Provides tips about promoting inclusive procurement practices to accommodate all learners, including students with disabilities)
- Inclusive Technology Toolkit - Extra Resources (Provides resources on digital accessibility, digital learning, and procuring learning technologies to support all students)
- Back to School Toolkit for Safe and Healthy Schools (Provides information, checklists, and resources about green cleaning for schools)
- School Safety & Crisis Planning Toolkit (Compiles crisis planning, management, and response tips and resources for a variety of emergencies.)