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.
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 PayrollRemote 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 CommunicationsCoronavirus Communication Strategies for Schools (Finalsite)FacilitiesCrisis Planning Checklist for Private Education Facilities (Armanino)Coronavirus: Prevention and Control for the Cleaning Industry (ISSA)COVID-19 – Resources and Guidelines for Facilities (APPA)Sample PoliciesModel 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 members can see what other schools are doing, ask questions and provide input on NBOA Connect.
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 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)
Social Distancing Tips (NPR)
CDC's Guidance for Schools and Travel AdvisoriesWorld Health Organization Resource PageU.S. State Department Travel AdvisoriesOn Coronavirus-Related Paid Sick LeaveDOL FAQs, Poster and Poster FAQsDOL Employer Paid Leave RequirementsDOL Employee Paid Leave RightsIRS Guidance on Using Tax Credits for Paid Sick LeaveIRS FAQs on HSA and IRA Contributions with Extended Tax DeadlineEEOC Bulletin on the ADA and the Rehabilitation ActDOE Fact Sheet: COVID-19 Risk in Schools & Protecting Student Civil RightsDOE Title IV Compliance Guide related to COVID-19
NB: Data in the trackers will lag up to 24 hours because the CDC reports data once a day. COVID-19 Surveillance Dashboard (University of Virginia)Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases (Johns Hopkins)
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 (3/20)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 (3/17)Remote Work, Food Service, Virtual Tours, New Visa Rules, Free EdTech (3/16)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 moreHandling 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.
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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