COVID-19 Response Resources for Alaskan School Districts

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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

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."

Kake City School District

ASA Group C - Large REAA & Similar Borough Districts

Northwest Arctic Borough School District

  • Action Plan for Virus Containment

  • Many homes in region do not h​ave 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.

Bering Straight School District

  • 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 D - Mid-Size & Small REAA Districts

Special Education

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.

For latest updates from DEED follow @AlaskaDEED or go to education.alaska.gov/safeschools/infectiousdisease

Partner Resources

ASAA - watch for updates on E-Sports

ALASBO

  • 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

  • ASBO International

SERRC - Educational Resource Center

Alaska Municipal League

NEA Alaska -

AASB

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NASA - STEM at home for students

Federal Government Updates

Federal Aid Packages

· 1st package – H.R. 6074 Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020 (Passed)

· 2nd packageHR6201 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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