COVID Resources

Below is a list of resources to assist in the formulation of individual school plans for re-opening.

As each school’s mission is unique, re-opening plans will differ. Consider what decisions need to be made, what actions need to be taken, and what communication needs to take place even now. Consult with Boards of Trustees, insurance companies, and school attorneys, to name a few, as you create strategic plans.

It is our hope that the following resources will provide insight and direction in determining individual plans. The COVID-19 Outbreak is a rapidly evolving situation, and information on many sites is periodically updated. Please check reference sites often for any changes that will impact your plan.

The time to begin planning is now. GISA and many of our sponsors have provided expertise to date and will continue to do so. Please do not hesitate to call on any of us if we can be of assistance to you.

My Vaccine Georgia: Pre-Register for COVID Vaccine

GA DPH: Return to School After COVID-19 Illness or Exposure (3/24/21)

SB 359, the Georgia COVID-19 Pandemic Business Safety Act: Act 588 O.C.G.A. § 51-16-1 et seq.

WSB-TV Link: Pinecrest Academy’s Re-Opening Plans

GA DOE: Georgia’s Path to Recovery for K-12 Schools

Georgia Department of Education

The link below provides very important and supportive information from the American Academy of Pediatrics strongly advocating the importance of the physical presence of students and in-person learning as school reopens in the fall.

This article addresses students in Pre-K, Elementary, Secondary, and Special Education along with protocols surrounding; enclosed spaces, bussing, hallways, playgrounds, lunchrooms, cleaning/disinfection, testing/screening, face coverings/PPE, on-site health services, mental health of faculty/students, and immunizations.

Please take the time to read this excellent, timely article as you make crucial decisions for the upcoming school year.

COVID-19 Planning Considerations: Guidance for School Re-Opening
Excerpt from guidance: “the AAP strongly advocates that all policy considerations for the coming school year should start with a goal of having students physically present in school. The importance of in-person learning is well-documented, and there is already evidence of the negative impacts on children because of school closures in the spring of 2020. Lengthy-time away from school and associated interruption of supportive services often results in social isolation, making it difficult for schools to identify and address important learning deficits as well as child and adolescent physical or sexual abuse, substance use, depression, and suicidal ideation. This, in turn, places children and adolescents at considerable risk of morbidity and, in some cases, mortality. Beyond the educational impact and social impact of school closures, there has been a substantial impact on food security and physical activity for children and families.”

National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)

COVID-19 for Coaches and Administrators (NFHS)
“COVID-19 for Coaches and Administrators” will help you and your coaches conduct workouts, practices, and contests as safely as possible. The NFHS Sports Medicine Advisory Committee researched and developed much of the material in the course. And best of all—it’s FREE!

The NFHS Sports Medicine Advisory Committee developed Guidance for Opening Up High School Athletics and Activities” to aid state associations during this unprecedented event. This course will present material from that document along with some other helpful information and materials to assist school administrators and coaches conduct workouts, practices, and contests as safely as possible.

Performing Arts COVID-19 Resources

OSHA (Occupational Health & Safety Administration) COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – All school information can be found on the CDC website.

CDC: How to Select, Wear, and Clean Your Mask

CDC Guidance Documents

When You Can be Around Others After You Had or Likely Had COVID-19

COVID-19 Toolkits for Young Adults: 15-21

Guidance for Childcare, Schools, & Youth Programs (Full Guidance Here)
The guidance includes information for schools, summer camps, youth sports, and childcare programs. Additionally, recorded stakeholder conference calls are available online along with resources for ongoing mitigation strategies and prevention and support.   
  • New – Interim Considerations for K-12 School Administrators for COVID-19 Testing (Full Guidance Here)
  • Considerations for K-12 Schools: Readiness and Planning Tool (Toolkit Here)

CDC website includes but is not limited to the following:

CDC: Interim Guidance for Administrators of US K-12 Schools and Child Care Programs: Plan, Prepare, and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
CDC: FAQs for Administrators, Teachers, and Parents
CDC: Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes
CDC: Schools and Child Care Programs: Plan, Prepare, and Respond
CDC: How COVID-19 Can Spread in a Community – VIDEO
CDC: Schools During the COVID-19 Pandemic

U.S. Department of Labor: COVID-19 FAQs for Participants and Beneficiaries
To help employee benefit plan participants and beneficiaries, as well as plan sponsors, and
employers, impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak understand their rights and responsibilities
under Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA).

Federal Register – The Daily Journal of the United States Government:
Extension of Certain Timeframes for Employee Benefit Plans, Participants, and Beneficiaries Affected by the COVID-19 Outbreak
A Rule by the Internal Revenue Service and the Employee Benefits Security Administration on 05/04/2020

Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Program

Georgia Department of Public Health

What it Might Look Like to Safely Re-Open Schools

School Example – Emergency Learning Copenhagen
Note that this is very specific to Denmark and this School’s physical plant but there are some very good protocols here that could be adapted.

White House Coronavirus Task Force Guidance
  • Opening Up America Again Guidelines: the Guidelines for Opening America Again is based on up-to-date data and readiness, mitigating risk of resurgence, and protecting the most vulnerable (Here20-pages).
  • Opening Up America Again Testing Blueprint(Here; 11-pages)
  • Addendum to the Testing Blueprint: Using Tests for Diagnosis and Proactive Surveillance (Here; 6-pages)
U.S. Department of Education Resources
  • Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel (Here)
  • Program Information: FAQs & Responses (Here)
  • COVID-19 (“Coronavirus”) Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel