EAB is working with school and district partners to respond to the current crisis, communicate with stakeholders, and plan for long-term impact.
1. Hear from EAB K-12 experts
The following is a transcript of an interview by Pete Talbot, Managing Director of Strategic Research at EAB with Patrick Carruth, Head of School at The Bear Creek School. Some questions and responses have been edited for brevity and clarity.
Teachers and school staff need support now more than ever. Learn how to support their wellbeing with self-care strategies and formalized peer connections.
2. Use EAB research and resources to support your school’s response to coronavirus
Most of these resources were not created specifically for infectious disease outbreak responses. That said, many of our existing resources can complement, supplement, and inform a variety of crisis response, planning, and mitigation efforts.
- How should independent schools approach fundraising and communication with donors and alumni during COVID-19?
- How can we (principals or administrators) engage and check-in with students, parents, and teachers?
- Should we/can we promote our students to the next grade level in the fall?
- What should we do/can we do about school-age childcare?
A growing response among institutions facing potential or actual outbreaks is to move academic courses online. While preserving academic continuity and reducing the risk of infection, the shift to digital and remote instruction can unsettle students, especially if they lack experience with online courses or access to the necessary technology to participate in them. Use EAB student resources to quickly create infrastructure and policies that support students through a rapid shift to remote learning.
- Listen to the recording and download the slides from our on-demand webconference on lessons for delivering online instruction, co-hosted with the CEO of One Schoolhouse
- Review our Online and Hybrid Education Resource Center. It includes resources to help create digital education policies that encourage accessibility and strengthen remote student support services.
- Deploy this playbook to identify potential success barriers and ensure continued access to student advising and support offerings during a disruption
- Listen to the recording and download the slides from our on-demand webconference with Dr. Michelle Reid, Superintendent of Northshore School District in Bothell, WA, among the first districts in the Seattle area to switch to online instruction and profiled in the New York Times for their early efforts to make this unprecedented switch.
As with all emergencies, disease outbreaks are evolving situations where known facts can change rapidly and misinformation can easily spread. Leaders should regularly update campus constituents about the incidence of coronavirus on their campus and in their area to help reduce fear and inform stakeholders. Use EAB communication resources to enhance your community communication efforts.
- Deploy this toolkit, written for district leaders, to strengthen your incident response team, update your communications plan, and quickly communicate updates to campus
- Review these tools, originally crafted for Facilities and Operations teams, to audit your website, email, and social media structures and formats
Outbreaks of infectious diseases have the potential to stoke fears among people that, can lead to racist, xenophobic and other discriminatory responses to community members of certain geographic or demographic origins.) The CDC has warned against rising anti-Chinese and anti-Asian stigma related to the coronavirus, and campuses have reported insensitive, biased, or inflammatory remarks and incidents. Use EAB resources to communicate your institution’s commitment to mutual support and respond to bias incidents on your campus.
- Use this toolkit to audit your social media pages and evaluate social listening software to stay aware of online campus conversations
- Review these resources, including a risk compendium, risk grading framework, and controversial events template, to establish and empower a bias-response team to manage responses to on-campus incidences
Scenario planning exercises can help leaders understand how this crisis might impact their institution’s short- and long-term goals and financial position—whether or not their campus experiences an outbreak. Use EAB resources to evaluate campus risk exposure and facilitate strategic planning exercises with stakeholders.
- Use EAB’s scenario planning guidance to help campus leaders understand the potential impact of a virus-driven recession on your institution’s finances and goals (additional outbreak response scenarios forthcoming)
- Review the enterprise risk management guides for K-12 leaders to ensure your institution is positioned to effectively mitigate risks amplified by the outbreak (e.g., missed enrollment goals, campus climate flashpoints)
When schools move online, not every student has equitable access to success in a virtual learning environment, especially when their basic needs are not being met. Many students already struggle with food and housing insecurity or may be exposed to trauma in their neighborhoods and even their own homes. Crises such as the coronavirus outbreak exacerbate these struggles while putting more students at risk. Use EAB resources to help streamline access to support and scale up services.
- Deploy this toolkit to evaluate emergency housing options, create communication material for students in need, and review potential additional sources of funding for initiatives
- Read this study to learn recommendations for removing barriers to current resources on campus, developing a campus-wide referral network, and leveraging existing staff on campus
- Listen to this on-demand webconference, co-hosted by the executive director of Handle with Care (HWC). HWC programs support children exposed to trauma and violence through improved communication and collaboration between law enforcement, schools/child care agencies and mental health providers, and connects families, schools, and communities to mental health services.
As more schools shift in-person meetings online, leaders can take steps now to run those meetings effectively. Use these resources for assistance structuring and hosting effective virtual meetings.
3. Read the latest official coronavirus information and responses from the major education associations
- Australia’s Department of Health COVID-19 Official Website
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Official Coronavirus Webpage
- Irish Public Health Agency Coronavirus Response
- New Zealand’s Ministry of Health COVID-19 Official Webpage
- Public Health Agency of Canada Official Coronavirus Webpage
- Public Health England Official Coronavirus Response Page
- Health Protection Scotland’s Coronavirus Update Center
4. Reference peer policies and other guidance when developing response plans
- Instructional Continuity Plan from Miami-Dade County Public Schools
- Plan to close all schools for one day to train staff on remote instruction techniques and disinfect campuses from Northshore School District
- Explanation of changes to excused student absence policy and limitations of remote instruction from Mercer Island School District
- Explanation of online learning contingency plan from Cherokee County School District
- eLearning Resource Center from Miami Dade County Public Schools
- Remote instruction guidelines and resources from TNTP
- Guidance, schedules, and expectations on remote learning from Cape Henry Collegiate School
- Interim Cleaning and Disinfection Guidance for Schools for COVID-19 from the New York Department of Health
- Expert advice on disinfection and cleaning policies from Spaces4Learning
- Decontamination and school closing guidance from the North Kansas City School System
- Guidance from the Global BioRisk Advisory Council on disinfection and decontamination
- Letter from the Superintendent announcing two-week closure of all schools from Northshore School District
- FAQ on Pregnancy and the Coronavirus from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Statement on Providing Additional Support for Students with Chronic Health Conditions or are Immunocompromised from the University of Maryland
- Guidance for Supporting Employees with Families at Risk of COVID-19 from the University of California
- Report on limited impact of coronavirus on children so far from NPR
- Policies for caring for an infected dependent, including dependants’ leave, e-working, and flexible working forms, from King’s College London
- Guidance on work-study payments and title IV funds from the American Association of Community Colleges
- Guidelines for discussing the crisis with children from the National Association of School Psychologists
- Guidance from Teaching Tolerance on speaking up against racism related to Coronavirus
- Considerations for ELL and immigrant students from Colorín Colorado
- Non-Discrimination and Mutual Support Statement from Princeton University
- Message from the Arizona State University President
- Statement from the President and resources to combat stigmatization from the University of Washington
- Showing respect to each other statement from York University
- FAQ, including harassment or abuse section with reporting protocol, from University of Bristol
- Resources for those who are worried about or have experienced bullying or abuse related to coronavirus (section 5) from University College London
- Letter on Preventing and Addressing Potential Discrimination Associated with COVID-19 from the Office for Civil Rights
- Recommendations for planning mass gatherings during the coronavirus outbreak from the World Health Organization
- Eight suggestions for maintaining public health during large community events from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Best practices from corporate and technology companies hosting events during the coronavirus from Software Insider
- Temporary instructions for reporting to work from Caltech
- Guidance for successful performance during remote work from University of Wisconsin Madison
- Flexible work arrangements from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- Examples of how corporations and other companies are establishing remote work policies during the coronavirus crisis from the Washington Post
- Information from business and legal leaders on what workers can expect from remote work requests from the New York Times
- FAQ on options to work from home, including general advice and link to preparedness page from Loughborough University
- Guidance on interruptions of study, including financial aid legal analysis and enrollment changes, from the US Department of Education
- Provision of meals during school closure plan from Montgomery County Public Schools
- Contingency plan, with determination of school closure, from The Bush School
- Coronavirus Prevention and Contingency Measures presentation from Miami-Dade County Public Schools
- Emergency Preparations on COVID-19 Report from Guilford County Schools
- Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19, published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Care for Your Coronavirus Anxiety, published by Shine
- Coping with Coronavirus Anxiety, published by Harvard Medical School
- 7 Science-Based Strategies to Cope with Coronavirus Anxiety, published by a cognitive behavioral psychologist at Georgetown University
- This resource provides a comprehensive set of guidelines on how to talk about coronavirus with youth of all ages, created by the National Association of School Psychologists and National Association of School Nurses
- This comic is a succinct visual aid to help explain coronavirus to kids, created by NPR in collaboration with experts from the University of Illinois School of Social Work, LSU Health Sciences Center, and the National Institute of Mental Health
- This article from NBC provides tips for talking about coronavirus with youth of various ages and for reinforcing media literacy, especially with older adolescents
- Guidance from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association
5. Use these peer examples to help communicate coronavirus information
6. Find Department of Education resources by state
- California Department of Education
- Colorado Department of Education
- Georgia Department of Education
- Illinois State Board of Education
- Indiana Department of Education
- Iowa Department of Education
- Kansas State Department of Education
- Kentucky Department of Education
- Maryland State Department of Education
- Massachusetts Department of Education
- New Jersey Department of Education
- New York State Education Department
- North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
- Ohio Department of Education
- Oklahoma State Department of Education
- Oregon Department of Education
- Pennsylvania Department of Education
- South Dakota Department of Education
- South Carolina Department of Education
- Mississippi Department of Education
- Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
- Texas Education Agency
- Utah State Board of Education
- Vermont Agency of Education
- Virginia Department of Education
- Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
- West Virginia Department of Education
- Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
If you have any questions or resource requests regarding the coronavirus that you think EAB could help with, please contact your strategic leader or email email@example.com.