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COVID-19 Resources for the Independent School Business Office

By Net Assets posted 18 days ago


Risk Management

We at NBOA can only imagine how difficult this time must be for our member schools and their communities. We update this resource page regularly with news items, guidance, community discussions and more to help inform independent school business operations staff. The newest items from NBOA are noted by a red date; these include articles and webinars. If you have suggestions about additional content or topics to cover, please reach out to us.

This information is provided for general educational purposes only. It should not be relied upon as, or in place of, legal or other professional advice. Readers are encouraged to work with their schools’ trusted counsel and partners when addressing specific issues.

Business Office Considerations

Member-Developed Survey on School Operations (NBOA Connect, 3/24)
COVID-19: Bracing for Impact
(NBOA, 3/23)
COVID-19: Independent School Closure Considerations
(NBOA, 3/17)
COVID-19: Independent School Business Operations Considerations
(NBOA, 3/9)
Questions Independent School Leaders Are Asking About COVID-19 (NBOA, 3/11)
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for Schools (NAIS)
Coronavirus Resources for Technology Leaders (ATLIS)
COVID-19 Resources for Schools (EMA)
Coronavirus Resources and Updates (TABS)

Legal, Human Resources and Payroll
Remote Hiring Considerations during COVID-19 Closures
(NBOA, 3/20)
COVID-19 Update: Sick Leave Relief Act Passed (NBOA, 3/19)
A COVID-19 Q&A for Independent Schools (Venable, 3/27)
Paid Sick Leave: What Independent Schools Need to Know
(Venable LLP, 3/20)
Details and Resources for Employers on the FFCRA (CheckWriters)
Legal Aspects of Independent School Closures (Venable LLP, 3/16)
Coronavirus: Considerations for Independent Schools (Venable LLP, 3/10)
Boundary Awareness When Teaching Remotely (McLane Middleton 3/18)
Vendor Contracts: Force Majeure Provisions (Liebert, Cassidy Whitmore, 3/17)
Interrupting Workplace Racial Bias During COVID-19 (Bhasain Consulting) 
Coronavirus COVID-19 Resources (CUPA-HR)

School Communications
Coronavirus Communication Strategies for Schools (Finalsite)

Crisis Planning Checklist for Private Education Facilities
Coronavirus: Prevention and Control for the Cleaning Industry
COVID-19 – Resources and Guidelines for Facilities (APPA)

Sample Policies
Model Infectious Disease Preparation Checklist (Association of China and Mongolia International Schools)
Business Continuity Management for Infectious Disease Threat  (Aon)
Business Planning Checklist: Infectious Disease Threat (Aon)

NBOA Connect Threads 

NBOA members can see what other schools are doing, ask questions and provide input on NBOA Connect. 

Enrollment contracts for next year 
Updating FMLA Policies 
Withdrawal from school due to COVID-19 
Letting go of staff over Zoom 
Unemployment insurance 
Protocols for campus visitors 

School operations survey 
Room and board reimbursement for international students 
Room and board reimbursement for boarding schools 
Support for working parents 
Travel protection when using a travel service 
Time off policies (non-exempt and COVID-19 diagnosis) 
Communicative disease policy 
Accommodating at-risk staff in pandemic planning 
Survey for faculty/staff travel plans 
Cell phones for employees & food service for employees residing on campus 
COVID-19 school deep clean & staff access to building 
Tuition repayment requests 
Quarantined employees 

Academic Continuity

Academic Continuity During COVID-19 Closures: A Case Study (NBOA)
COVID -19 School Continuity Resources (OneSchoolhouse) 
Remote Learning Tips for COVID-19 Closures (Global Online Academy)
Creating an Online Classroom (Stanford Online High School)
Teach from Home Tools (Google) 
Remote Learning Tools (Microsoft)

Net Assets News Items

Unemployment Blip?, Student Performance, Mental Health, Fundraising (3/27)
Guidance: DOL on Leave Act and IRS on Retirement; Serving Community (3/26)
IRS Sick Leave
Guidance, Operations Survey, School Finances, Privacy Concerns (3/25)
Economic Disruption by Industry, Admissions Impacts, Stress Management (3/23)
Creative Cost-Cutting, Pass/Fail Guidance
Remote Teaching Boundaries, Longer Closures, Virtual Graduation (3/19)
Sick Leave Relief Act Passed (3/19/20)
Legal Aspects of Closures, Standard Test Disruption, New Partnerships
Remote Work, Food Service, Virtual Tours, New Visa Rules, Free EdTech
School Refunds, Cybersecurity, Chronically Ill Students (3/13)
Travel Ban, HSA Changes, Data Security, Digital Equity (3/12)
Spring Break Travel, Combating Racism, New Visa Rules, Virtual Sports (3/11)
Calm in Crisis, Admissions Impacts, Event Cancellations (3/9)
COVID-19 Forces Classrooms Into the Cloud (3/4)
Feds Urge Schools To Prepare for COVID-19 Outbreak (2/28)
Enrollment Impacts of COVID-19/Coronavirus (2/14)
Coronavirus Triggers China Travel Advisory (1/29)


COVID-19: Your Questions Answered (NBOA, Venable LLP, 3/27)
On short- and long-term implications, peer responses, new legislation and more
Handling Enrollment Contracts During the COVID-19 Pandemic
 (EMA, NBOA, 3/23)
On tuition and fee implications, enrollment contracts, handbooks and delivering on value proposition, featuring NBOA staff and legal counsel.

Investments Perspectives in the Midst of Volatility (DiMeo Schneider, 3/19)
COVID-19: Preparing Employers for the New Coronavirus
(Lockton, 3/6)
Independent School Coronavirus Response (NBOA, EMA, NAIS, SAIS, TABS,  2/6)

On medical preparations, legal and liability issues, communications, pastoral care and discrimination concerns. Net Assets summarized key points here. 


COVID-19 What We're Hearing (EMA, NBOA, 3/13)
On business operations considerations, legal topics, frequently asked questions, online learning, featuring NBOA staff members. 

Related Net Assets articles 

A Considered Response to Coronavirus (February 2020)
Stormy Markets, Steady Institutional Investors (January 2019)
Nowhere to Hide: Best Practices in Crisis Management (July/August 2016)
Ready for Anything: Preparing for Campus Emergencies (March/April 2017)
A Crisis Is Coming. Is Your Board on Board? (July/August 2018)


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