Coronavirus COVID-19 Guidance

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This page is updated daily. 

Specialized Resources
For Heads of School and Board Members
For School Financial and Business Officers
For Admissions and Fundraising Directors 
For Educational Leadership
For Ed Tech Professionals
For Teachers
School Closure Planning and Health Guidance Recommendations   
Upcoming Webinars and Gatherings  
Weekly Support Call for Heads of School Every Friday 
12 - 1pm ET / 9 - 10am PT
Weekly Support Call for Heads of Small Schools Every Wednesday
3 - 4pm ET / 12 - 1pm PT
Weekly Support Call for Tech Administrators Every Friday 
11:30 - 12:30pm ET / 8:30 - 9:30am PT


Shared School Materials

This folder contains sample

  • virtual learning schedules
  • virtual learning letters and plans
  • surveys
  • preparation letters
  • parent teacher conferences
  • development resources and communications
  • coronavirus documents and more.
    If you would like to add your school's letter please upload into this folder and or e-mail Debra Shaffer Seeman.

We offer Reshet groups for school professionals and board members where connection and sharing happen. Learn more here.  


For Heads of School and Board Members

Heads of school hold a weekly check-in call to crowdsource on current issues and trends. To register for the call, click here.

Heads of school from small schools hold a weekly check-in call to crowdsource on current issues and trends. To register for the call, click here

Fall 2020 Scenario Planning Survey Report 
Scenario planning worksheet to aid school leaders in scenario planning 

Schedules Advantages and Disadvantages: Planning Ahead - Fall 2020 

The Top Questions School Leaders Are Asking Around Scenario Planning During COVID-19 

Details on the Jewish Community Impact Fund 
Back to school guide with FAQ from the Fisher Philips law firm 

Video: Responding to COVID-19 The role of the CEO and board chair in a crisis

FAQs: How Nonprofits and Board Members Can Respond to COVID-19 CRITICAL Q and A for Your Board

Show up: Your Role as a Board Member During a Pandemic

Meet and engage: Now is not a time to cancel your board meetings. Consider reframing them as "Brainstorming Sessions." Gather together to support one another, engage your board in a plan of action to build relationships, and identify the stories you want to tell to be the best advocates you can be for your school. Here is a toolkit on Virtual Meetings.

Podcast: Mastering Crisis Management: How To Stay Ahead Of The Curve. This episode covers how heads and boards can approach crisis communication effectively and how to change parent expectations in the face of crisis. 
Communicating through the Coronavirus crisis: Communicate early and often throughout the crisis. Be honest and open to maintain credibility. An article by Harvard Business Review. 

Crisis Communications: Four things your board needs to know from BoardSource

5 Steps the Best Boards are Taking Right Now

Governance and Crisis: A Board's Role

What we're hearing from the field By Leading Edge, JPRO Network, UpStart and Board Member Institute for Jewish Nonprofits
The time to plan is now By Rabbi Jim Rogozen
What Nonprofit Board Members Should Be Doing Right Now to Address the COVID-19 Situation from BoardSource. 

Webinar recordings and resources

For School Financial and Business Officers

Trends in enrollment and finance during COVID-19 
Information about the SBA loan in the CARES Act 

Temporary wage subsidy for Canadian schools

Many Hebrew Free Loan Societies in the US and Canada are offering interest free loans to those affected by Coronavirus. Please check with your local Hebrew Free Loan Society for more information.

New York City Hebrew Free Loan
Toronto Jewish Free Loan

NJ State Assembly passed a bill to establish a remote learning device grant and package to help schools sanitize facilities.


Webinar Recordings and Resources

For Admissions and Fundraising Directors

Webinar Recordings and Resources

For Educational Leadership

Educational leaders hold a weekly check-in call to crowdsource on current issues and trends. To register for the call, click here.

Resources on Distance Learning

Prizmah curated Online Jewish Studies learning options.
A resource from Sacred Spaces for youth serving organizations who are temporarily moving their programming online. Protocols for safeguarding children and teens in online programming.
Trends in Mental Health Issues Now and Tomorrow (Week of May 11-15, 2020)
Trends in Supporting our Faculty and Staff ( Week of April 27-May 1, 2020) 

Trends in Assessments and Grading (Week of April 20-26, 2020)

Ideas for virtual graduations
Assessment and instrinsic motivation by JEIC
Crafting meaningful moments from M2
Grab and Go DIvrei Torah is a quick resource with Torah texts and teachings to use at this time and beyond in your communications with teachers, parents and school community, as well as for our own chizuk (strength) and inspiration

10(+1) ways to say thank you to your faculty

Mental Health Support for 4-18 Year Olds

Distance learning safety best practices, do's and dont's for teachers

A practical guide to keeping your community safe during distance learning

Partnership of Pedagogy- teaching tips of online chevruta learning


Webinar Recordings and Resources

For Ed Tech Professionals

Education Technology Directors and Administrators hold a weekly check-in call to crowdsource on current issues and trends. To register for the call, click here.

Webinar Recordings and Resources

For Teachers

5 steps to stay focused while teaching online 
Video on designing online learning for success with Rae Ringel & Brian Tarallo. Covers designing online learning, adjusting from in-person instruction, connecting personally, keeping the learning interactive, and how to make the numbers work for you. 

How to Teach Social-Emotional Learning When Students Aren't in School from EdWeek. 

Recognizing signs of distress in our children from Ohel. 
CIJE middle school STEM modules reimagined for experience at home.

Curated science trivia, videos and experiments from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. 

Resources for educators by the Jewish Education Project.
List of online resources for teachers.
Community in Crisis: Planning for Teachers course.
Resources when speaking with your children: Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus (NPR); How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus (New York Times).
A parent resource from NASP on talking to children: Coronavirus, a parent resource.
A handout in comic form that explains the basics for children.
Video for 5-12 graders on Coronavirus.
How to Discuss Coronavirus with children.  A podcast episode by Yeshiva Har Torah with  special guest Dr. Karyn Feinberg, Director of Psychology Services at Yeshiva Har Torah.
PJ Library resources for quarantined families.
Resources to support students with special needs with distance learning.

School Closure Planning and Health Guidance Recommendations