SCSBA will continually update resources for members as information is developed to support school boards and school leaders. Information will also be shared through SCSBA communication channels, including e-Focus and direct messages to members. Please continue to check back for updates and additional resources.
- EDUTALK Radio with NSBA President Beth Branham, 4-2-2020
- Updated! SCSBA Covid-19 Policy and Legal Services Q & A (as of 4-2-2020)
- Five ways to be the best board member during the COVID-19 Crisis
- A letter from SCSBA President Chuck Saylors, 3-31-2020
- U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) COVID-19 Employee Rights Poster Urgent Legal Advisory, 3-30-2020
- SCSBA Covid-19 Policy and Legal Services Q & A (as of 3-24-2020)
- School Board Member Virtual Spirit Week
- A note from SCSBA on COVID-19, 3-19-2020
- SCSBA Policy and Legal Services Advisory – Board Meetings, FOIA and COVID-19 Precautions
- Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201) Frequently Asked Questions
- NSBA – Responding to the Coronavirus
- OCR Short Webinar on Online Education and Website Accessibility
- Center for Disease Control
- NSBA – PREPARING FOR WIDESPREAD ILLNESS: IN YOUR SCHOOL COMMUNITY –
- FERPA and Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions
State resources websites
- South Carolina State Department of Education
- S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control
- SC School Food Sites
- South Carolina WiFi Hot Spots
Statements and media releases
- Joint Statement from Gov. Henry McMaster, S.C. Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman closes schools through end of April (3-24-2020)
- Authorizing Law Enforcement to Preserve Public Health
- Regulatory Flexibility to Facilitate “Social Distancing”
- 03.19.20: Directing Additional Emergency Measures Due to COVID-19
- 03.17.20: Directing Additional Emergency Measures Due to COVID-19
- Closing Schools, Other Provisions in Response to COVID-19
- Declaring State of Emergency in Response to COVID-19
SCDE COVID-19 guidance to schools and districts
- Revising Federal Grant Program Budgets due to COVID-19
- COVID-19: South Carolina Fire Academy
- Rescheduled Administration of the ACT® due to COVID-19
- COVID-19: Provisional Educator Certificate for 2020–21
- SCDE COVID-19 Grade Reporting Guidance
- CTE Updates
- CTE Administrative Flexibility Guidance
- Spring 2020 Assessment and Accountability Updates
- School Buses Authorized to Assist S.C. Department on Aging
- Plan Reviews and Inspections
- U.S. Department of Education Approves South Carolina Assessment Suspension Waiver
- COVID-19: USDA Commodity Inventories
- COVID-19: Milk Availability
- COVID-19: 135-day Data Collection Period Opens April 6th
- Enrollment during COVID-19 Pandemic
- COVID-19 guidance to schools and districts
- COVID-19 Emergency Educator Evaluation Flexibility
- COVID-19: Office of Career and Technical Education Updates
- COVID-19: Use of School Buses for Meals and Instructional Packets Delivery
- COVID-19 Impact on Accountability and Federal Programs
- Instructional Planning to Assist Students in the Event of School Closure
- USDA Food Service Waiver for Unanticipated School Closures
- Memo from State Superintendent Molly Spearman Regarding COVID-19
- COVID-19 Attendance Coding Guidance
- SC DHEC Education and Outreach materials
- CDC Health Promotion Materials
- Stop the Spread of Germs Flyer – (PDF)
When communicating with employees, students and families about Coronavirus, here are a few helpful key messages and tips to keep in mind:
- The priority is the health and safety of students and employees.
- Schools work closely with public health officials and rely heavily on their guidance because they are the experts.
- Local and state health departments are the best resources for current information about Coronavirus.
- Emphasize what is known at the time of the communication.
- Include the date/time in all communications, including social media posts, because information can change quickly.
- Include best hygiene practices in communications.
- Create a web page that can be easily updated to links with the most current information from reliable sources, including the local and state health departments and the Centers for Disease Control.
- The best way to combat rumors and speculation is easy access to reliable information.