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Reopening Schools: Guidance and Resources

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For more information, visit nysut.org/reopening.

K-12 Educators

Best Practices for Remote Learning. Sept. 11, 2020. Educators are faced with difficult decisions about what instructional content to keep synchronous (live sessions), what content to ask students to engage with on their own time (asynchronous), and what content to cut. Here are some best practices to apply when adapting your content for hybrid and remote learning.

Electronic Delivery of Instruction (Live or Recorded). Aug. 7, 2020.
As school districts move forward with educational plans for this fall, a number of districts are planning to offer electronic delivery of instruction, both live-streamed and recorded. This has raised a number of labor and employment questions.

Health and Safety Considerations for Reopening Public Schools. June 12, 2020.
As schools start planning for reopening this fall, it's crucial for local unions to be involved and have a voice. NYSUT's Health and Safety program has prepared an overview of what should go into a reopening plan as well a Frequently Asked Questions to help local leaders.

Fact Sheet No 19-16: Changes to Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR). June 11, 2020.
The Governor’s executive order exempts, to the extent necessary, school districts from completing annual professional performance reviews for classroom teachers and building principals during the 2019-20 school year without the loss of state aid.

Fact Sheet 20-14: Provision of Services to English Language Learners During Statewide School Closures. May 21, 2020.
The PDF version of this Fact Sheet has been organized in a chart format to present a side-by-side comparison of the original regulations with the related emergency regulatory changes that provide flexibility. These temporary provisions are in effect during COVID-19-related school closures.

Fact Sheet 20-13: Certification Changes in Response to COVID-19. May 7, 2020.
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the State Education Department (SED) has amended several regulations that govern certification in NY. These amendments may help individuals with certificates that expire in August 2020, have applied/are applying for certificates or certificate extensions before September 1, 2020, as well as special education teachers who teach in a special class.

Family-School Engagement in the Time of Coronavirus. April 20, 2020.
This brief provides strategies and tips to help educators and schools to engage with families for relationship building during the time of the coronavirus and school closures. These strategies may be used virtually after schools reopen.

Fact Sheet: Telepractice and Students with Disabilities. April 20, 2020.
The COVID-19 health crisis and resulting school closures have resulted in a need to shift the provision of service delivery for students with disabilities from traditional face-to-face methods to technology for remote learning.

5 Social Media Tips in Times of Crisis. April 17, 2020.
These are extraordinary times for students, families and educators. Social media can be tricky; it's more important than ever to be professional and positive.

NYSUT Fact Sheet 20-11: Teaching Amid the COVID-19 Crisis. April 15, 2020.
This guidance is designed to provide considerations for instructional practice as educators and school districts reassess their personal, building, and district-wide learning plans. These strategies may be applied to both virtual and non-virtual teaching and learning to support sound instructional practice even as schools return to on-site learning.

NYSUT Fact Sheet 20-10: NYS Certification: Students with Disabilities. April 6, 2020.
Includes information on grade-level extensions, statements of continued eligibility, and limited and subject area extensions.

NYSUT Fact Sheet 20-9: Trauma-Informed Instructional Practices. March 31, 2020.
Trauma-informed instruction establishes specific practices to help students understand their emotions and what’s happening during these uncertain times. Trauma-informed practices benefit all students and can help them build skills to cope during this traumatic time in their lives.

NYSUT Fact Sheet 20-08: "Continuity of Learning" Guidance for Educators. March 25, 2020.
The key issues to address during the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis start with health and safety concerns and the social emotional needs of students and staff. This Fact Sheet was compiled by our Research and Educational Services team.

For Families: Resources and Activities. March 26, 2020.
Here are resources and activities - both online and offline - for parents to share with their children, as curated by our Research and Educational Services team.

#NYSUTChat
NYSUT Exec. Vice President Jolene DiBrango leads Twitter conversation on best practices in education during the coronavirus crisis. Check out the complete archive.

Additional Resources

Health Care Professionals

AFT: Coronavirus: Information for AFT Nurses and Health Professionals


NYSUT opens up Disaster Relief Fund for #HealthCareHeroes. April 6, 2020.
NYSUT is now accepting donations to the union’s Disaster Relief Fund to purchase and provide personal protective equipment, food and other supplies to dedicated health care professionals across New York state.

5 Social Media Tips in Times of Crisis. April 17, 2020.
These are extraordinary times for students, families and educators. Social media can be tricky; it's more important than ever to be professional and positive.

Health Care Heroes: Thanking the Heroes on the Front Lines. March 27, 2020.
Donation opportunities and words of gratitude to our courageous and selfless health care workers.

PPE Donations: Guidance for NYSUT Local Unions to Coordinate Support for Local Health Care Workers. March 25, 2020.
NYSUT's guidance for local unions interested in supporting community health care workers with donations of personal protective equipment.

NYSUT health care workers are on the front lines of a pandemic. April 6, 2020.

School-Related Professionals

WEBINAR ON DEMAND: How to Use Ventilation to Protect the School Community. August 2020.
NYSUT and CSEA teamed up to bring you a webinar on ventilation in schools and how it can help lower the risk of COVID-19.
The program gives school employees an overview of building ventilation systems, applicable building codes and industry recommendations. Participants will learn what questions to ask management and what upgrades to advocate for. The webinar is free and now available on demand. Register and watch online.

SRP Health and Safety: Transportation Concerns when Schools Reopen (leader login required). July 17, 2020.
To help develop guidance to local unions and field staff, NYSUT assembled a transportation staff focus group in May with about a dozen bus drivers and bus monitors/aides from around the state. This document summarizes the focus group discussion, as well as suggestions for how to address several of the concerns. As always, local union leaders should consult with their NYSUT labor relations specialist for questions and advice.

Health and Safety Considerations for Reopening Public Schools. June 12, 2020.
As schools start planning for reopening this fall, it's crucial for local unions to be involved and have a voice. NYSUT's Health and Safety program has prepared an overview of what should go into a reopening plan as well a Frequently Asked Questions to help local leaders.

NYSED: Operating Child Nutrition Programs when Schools are Closed due to COVID-19
Answers to frequently asked questions on supporting continued access of meals to low-income children affected by school closures due to COVID-19.

DOH: Guidance on Requiring Face Coverings for Public and Private Employees 
An Executive Order signed April 12, 2020 directs essential businesses to provide, at their expense, face coverings for their employees when in direct contact with customers or members of the public.

NYSUT Guidance on Cleaning and Disinfecting Schools
This document includes union-provided safety guidelines for staff.

AFT: Tip Sheet for Custodial Staff

5 Social Media Tips in Times of Crisis.
These are extraordinary times for students, families and educators. Social media can be tricky; it's more important than ever to be professional and positive.

Higher Education

NEW:SED Issues Guidance to Assist New York State Colleges and Universities as They Reopen. Aug. 6, 2020.
The New York State Education Department today released guidance to assist institutions of higher education in planning for a safe and orderly return to educational operations—whether remote, in person, or a combination of the two. This guidance, which the Board of Regents and Department developed in consultation with the higher education community, will help ensure institutions have the information and regulatory flexibilities necessary to develop and implement creative solutions to their unique campus circumstances.

NY.Gov: Reopening New York: Higher Education Guidelines (Summary). June 22, 2020.
This executive guidance is intended to address all types of in-person higher education institutions, including but not limited to community and junior colleges, universities, graduate and professional schools, medical schools, and technical schools. Higher education institutions must develop and submit a plan for reopening and operating for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

NYSED Guidance for Colleges and Universities
In response to concerns regarding students who are impacted by the coronavirus, either because they are returning from study-abroad programs or in the event of campus emergencies or closures, the NYS Education Department (NYSED) offers the following guidance. Update: April 2, 2020.

AFT: Principles of Higher Education Response to COVID-19
Covering treatment of employees, the effects of Ovid-19 on curriculum and instruction, intellectual property concerns and whistleblower protections.

NYSED Guidance for Educator Preparation Programs (edTPA).

Epidemic presents myriad issues for higher education. March 13, 2020.
A report from the early days of the crisis.

5 Social Media Tips in Times of Crisis.
These are extraordinary times for students, families and educators. Social media can be tricky; it's more important than ever to be professional and positive.

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