COVID-19 Response Resources for Alaskan School Districts
ASDN Classes to Build Skills for Teaching Online - at your pace
Making the Shift to Blended Learning in Your Classroom (3 Credits) ISTE Seal of Alignment
Digital Tools in the Connected Classroom (3 Credits) ISTE Seal of Alignment
Docs, Slides, and Forms in the Classroom: Your Next Level Google Guide (3 Credits) ISTE Seal of Alignment
Teaching with Video to Support Digital Classroom Success (3 Credits), ISTE Seal of Alignment)
K-12 Principals Resources
Alaska Association of School Boards : How to host a meeting remotely
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Latest Updates for/by Educators
AASA COVID Webinar April 2020 with special thanks to Noelle Ellerson Ng and AASA!
New SpEd info DEED SPED WEBSITE: https://education.alaska.gov/sped
Mt Edgecumbe High School - excellent template for documenting hours and meeting waiver requirements for student-contact days
- FEMA Fact Sheet: https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2020/03/19/coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic-eligible-emergency-protective-measures
- Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Shift to Remote Learning Guide
- Alaska Association of School Boards : How to host a meeting remotely
- Today ASBO International held a very informative presentation that addressed many current concerns. This is worth a listen/view. The first 30 seconds are dark, so please keep going past that.
- Here is the link to the ASBO March 26 presentation: ASBO COVID-19 call from March 26,2020 (excellent resource!)
Like-Size District Updates and Shared Resource Ideas
ASA Group A - Small Single Site & Borough Districts
Pribilof Island School District Superintendent Brett Agenbroad shares: "In an effort to reduce the possibility of moving potential virus into office spaces occupied by workers, when our faculty is in the building (sequestered in their classrooms/social distancing,) we have stopped the air handlers in order to prevent recirculating the air."
ASA Group B - Mid-Size City & Borough Districts
Kodiak Island Borough School District
Denali Borough School District
Meal Request form google doc
Mt Edgecumbe High School
ASA Group C - Large REAA & Similar Borough Districts
Many homes in region do not have access to internet. The NWABSD is providing access to learning through low technology avenues. Learning materials are dispersed to students. Teachers make daily contact with students. Classes are held via audioconference line. Each teacher has a time scheduled for their students to call in. Home packets will also be put on the district’s homepage for those parents who can print them. Meals are served daily at pick up points. We have critical mission staff only in the buildings on a daily basis.
BSSD's instructional resource link (it is a Google Shared Drive, one would need to request permission to access)
One of our villages, Shaktoolik with limited home internet, will be starting Story Time from Shaktoolik every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1pm which will be simulcast on VHF and Facebook Live. This will provide an opportunity for all students in the village to have stories read in groups at homes. Teachers will then follow up with phone calls to ask questions on the books read. Teachers will also rotate who reads each day.
ASA Group E - Large City & Borough Districts
Large City & Borough Districts
Ketchikan School District: Food Services Plan & Protocols
Kenai Peninsula Borough School District: Free Student Food Service Notice to Families
New SpEd info DEED SPED WEBSITE: https://education.alaska.gov/sped
Dept. of Education and Early Development Top questions answered:
1. Can IEP meetings be conducted by Phone?
Yes – _and by other teleconference methods
2. What sort of services must be provided during the break? (UPDATED 3/19/20)
It is important to point out the difference between an extended break and a school closure. During the extended break, no services are being provided to any students (regular Education or otherwise) During a school closure, accommodations must be made for the delivery of services to all students, including students receiving special education services. These service plans will be very different from student to student, despite limitations of the resources necessary to carry out services. The status of “Medical Closure” is pending more information.
3. Can students be assessed for disabilities by video?
Yes – _many districts have done this in the past. It is important to point out that a student may not require new assessments to continue in special education. Initial evaluations would be the priority to focus resources.
Emergency Teacher Certificates due to COVID-19 - waivers for student teachers and recertification
ASAA - watch for updates on E-Sports
ALASBO Tech Director meetings: Tech directors are meeting daily this week at 3 pm where topics relative to internet connectivity is shared. Some providers participate in these calls. Here is the link to those Zoom meetings: https://drsops.zoom.us/j/9073866083
Today ASBO International held a very informative presentation that addressed many current concerns. This is worth a listen/view. The first 30 seconds are dark, so please keep going past that.
ASBO COVID-19 Resource: ASBO COVID-19 Resources
SERRC - Educational Resource Center
FEMA assistance information
Updates from the Alaska School Activities Association (ASAA)
There have been incidents of "zoombombing" in Alaska! Make sure not to share your Zoom (or other webinar) links publicly. Click here for Zoom's guidance on keeping your Zoom Events safe and secure for all participants.
State website with latest updates: https://gov.alaska.gov/home/covid19-healthmandates/?fbclid=IwAR3Ar1Rd3AbMeXW4YmQ0AyZg1TNdfOrntHH8xo9YF0vVYXgFbmtSLkD0PVI
Mandate 005: March 19, 2020, Elective Medical Procedures
Health Mandate 011: Social Distancing
Federal Government Updates
https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/6201 This bill responds to the coronavirus outbreak by providing paid sick leave and free coronavirus testing, expanding food assistance and unemployment benefits, and requiring employers to provide additional protections for health care workers.
Alaska Municipal League FEMA assistance information
Federal Aid Packages
· 1st package – H.R. 6074 Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020 (Passed)
· 2nd package – HR6201 Families First Coronavirus Response Act
· 3rd package – Estimated at $800 Billion to $1 Trillion – information pending, but may focus on the broader economy
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Health Alert 008: March 17, 2020 Child Care
Health Alert 007: March 17, 2020 Congregate Settings
Health Alert 006: March 16, 2020 Elective Procedures
Health Alert 005: March 15, 2020 Traveler Guidance
Health Alert 004: March 13, 2020 Recommendations for Keeping Communities Safe
Health Alert 003: March 13, 2020 Limiting Exposure at Long-Term Care Facilities
Health Alert 002: March 12, 2020 Community Mitigation
Health Alert 001: March 11, 2020 Basketball Tournaments