Additional Coronavirus Resources
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers the most up-to-date Coronavirus Disease Information and Resources, including:
- Interim Guidance for Administrators of US Childcare Programs and K-12 Schools to Plan, Prepare and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- Frequently Asked Questions and Answers: Coronavirus Disease – 2019 (COVID-19) and Children
- Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for Administrators
- Checklist for Teachers and Parents
Wisconsin Department of Health Services Coronavirus Resources, including:
- Information on Outbreaks in Wisconsin
- COVID-19: Schools and Child Care
- COVID-19 Information for School Nurses
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Coronavirus Resources, including:
- “District Planning and Implementation Resources for Continuity of Learning”
- DPI’s “Extended School Closure for Students with IEPs due to COVID-19 Special Education Questions and Answers Document” (3/18/20)
- Child Nutrition Program COVID-19 Information
All schools that currently participate in the USDA Child Nutrition Programs have the option of providing meals to all students free of charge regardless of the schools’ free and reduced-price meal percentage. Because the DPI has received approval from the USDA to allow the school meal program to be offered to all students, meals may be provided to district students in the manner most appropriate, regardless of eligibility. The DPI has received waiver approval from the USDA to approve school food service program sponsors, in good standing, to provide meals during an unanticipated school closure due to COVID-19 in a non-congregate setting. This enables approved school food service programs to allow meals to be taken away from the school site and consumed elsewhere, thereby allowing social distancing.)
- Offers for Services and Resources for Schools During COVID-19
Wisconsin Department of Children and Families Coronavirus Resources, including:
Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletics Association (WIAA) Coronavirus Resources
- On April 21, the WIAA Board of Control announced that it has cancelled the 2020 spring sports season, including competitions and tournaments. According to the WIAA, spring sport coaches can continue with virtual coaching until the scheduled date of what would have been the final day of the 2020 State Tournament for each respective sport (e.g., for softball – June 13; for track – June 6). Also according to the WIAA, 30 days of summer contact will be available for spring sports teams that include students currently enrolled in ninth through 12 grades during the 2020 spring season. The opportunity/invitation for seniors to play must be made available to them. If they decline or there simply were no seniors on the team, the 30-day window is still available to the school team. The WIAA is asking schools to document and record that seniors declined when asked to participate. The 30-day window of contact for spring sports was developed to offer all 2019-20 spring athletes the opportunity to have closure to their season…and for seniors their high school career.
- For additional information regarding the 30-day summer contact period, refer to the Expanded Contact Days Questions & Answers Information on WIAA’s website.
- On May 15, the WIAA Board of Control approved an extension of the alternate year physical exam period required for interscholastic athletic participation. Membership rules require a physical examination prior to participation in interscholastic athletics and every two years thereafter. The Board’s action allows a one-time extension of the two-year period for student-athletes with physical exam forms already on file. For Fall sports in 2020, student-athletes that have had a physical within the past two years “may receive an extension into the third year until they are able to get a physical with their primary care physician.” Refer to WIAA’s website for additional information on the extension of the physical exam period.
U.S. Department of Education Coronavirus Resources, including:
- Resources of the Readiness Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center
- Fact Sheet: Addressing the Risk of COVID-19 in Schools While Protecting the Civil Rights of Students
(Refer to the “Supplemental Fact Sheet Addressing the Risk of COVID-19 in Preschool, Elementary and Secondary Schools While Serving Children with Disabilities” issued by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and Office for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) on 3/21/20 which clarifies that “ensuring compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504), and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act should not prevent any school from offering educational programs through distance instruction.” According to the OCR and OSERS, schools “should not opt to close or decline to provide distance instruction, at the expense of students, to address matters pertaining to services for students with disabilities. Rather, school systems must make local decisions that take into consideration the health, safety, and well-being of all their students and staff.“
- Evidence-Based Resources and Guidance of the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Program related to teaching and learning in a remote environment, which include a recorded webinar from April 8 entitled “Research-Based Resources, Considerations and Strategies for Remote Learning”
U.S. Department Labor Coronavirus Resources, including:
- OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
- COVID-19 and the American Workplace (which includes information on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act such as fact sheets on employee paid leave rights and employer paid leave requirements and Q&As)
National School Boards Association Coronavirus Resources, including:
- “COVID-19: Preparing for Widespread Illness in Your School Community: A Legal Guide for School Leaders”
National Association of School Psychologists Coronavirus Resources, including:
Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) Coronavirus Resources, which include social and emotional learning resources for educators, parents and caregivers. CASEL has created a new CASEL Cares Initiative Webinar Series that is intended to help everyone – children, teachers, parents and other adults alike – attend to the social and emotional needs that arise during this challenging time dealing with the pandemic and the changes it is making in their lives. The webinars are being recorded and are available to access via CASEL’s website.