Preparing Your Organizations and Schools for COVID-19
Resources compiled by The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
Tracking COVID-19 Actions by State and Local Officials
The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) has created an online site where you can track state and local COVID-19 actions, as has the National Conference of State Legislatures. ExcelinEd has also created a map and online guide for school closures and accountability waiver status. The Education Commission of the States has created a state legislative trackerassociated with COVID-19 related legislation and education.
New CDC Guidance Issued Regarding Children and COVID-19
This new guidance was issued by the CDC specifically about keeping children healthy.
Updates from the U.S. Department of Education – Testing, FERPA, and Educating Kids with Disabilities
On Friday, March 20th, the President announced that the federal government would waive testing and accountability for all K-12 schools this year. The U.S. Department of Education issued the following letter with guidance on this issue.
The U.S. Department of Education also issued a new Guidance Fact Sheet on FERPA and virtual learning.
Over the weekend, the U.S. Department of Education released a fact sheet in response to concerns that previous guidance left school districts unsure of how to provide services for students with disabilities while school buildings are closed as a result of COVID-19
SBA Emergency Loans Now Available to Charter Schools
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) now has authority to offer emergency loans to both small businesses and nonprofits under its Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program in eligible areas. While SBA authorities are focused on small businesses, we worked with federal lawmakers to ensure that the loan funding for this crisis is offered to charter schools and other nonprofits to borrow up to $2 million for up to 30 years at 2.75 percent for nonprofits. These loans are designed to help businesses and nonprofits meet financial obligations and operating expenses that would not be of concern if the COVID disaster had not occurred. For questions, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center at 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail disastercustomerservice [at] sba [dot] gov. To apply, go to the SBA website.
Support Home Internet Access
As schools work to provide online learning opportunities for their students, many students will face challenges completing this new coursework because of inadequate home internet access—14 percent of children have no internet access at home, including nearly 20 percent of Black and Latino students and 37 percent of Native American students. The Future Ready Campaign launched a campaign this week asking the FCC to allow E-rate to support home internet access so schools can keep classrooms open online even if school buildings must temporarily close.
Please join the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools in signing on to a letter urging the FCC to allow E-rate to support home internet access so our schools can keep classrooms open online even if school buildings must temporarily close.
We have been grateful for the number of partners who are providing support to charter schools across the country. Recently, we partnered with the Charter School Capital team on a number of webinars held over the past two weeks (a final one to be held this coming Friday). Below you can view the two recorded webinars: