Related School District Policies, Procedures and Plans
Many school district policies, procedures and plans may come into play when dealing with matters related to the COVID-19 pandemic. A few examples of such policies, procedures and plans are listed below:
- Board policy adoption and suspension policies, which may provide direction for adopting policies in emergency situations (with less than two readings) and for the temporary suspension of board policies. Refer to the April 2020 Policy Perspectives for additional information on suspension/waiver of board policies and exceptions to the regular policy adoption process.
- Policies governing school board member participation in meetings via technology. Refer to a special issue of WASB’s THE FOCUS, “School Board Meetings During the COVID-19 Pandemic” (last revised March 27, 2020) and WASB Sample Policies to Support Local Decisions for Changes to School Board Meetings: “Virtual Meeting” Policies (March 19, 2020).
- Equal educational opportunities policies (student nondiscrimination), which address providing equal educational opportunities for all children enrolled in the district. Refer to the U.S. Department of Education’s Fact Sheet: Addressing the Risk of COVID-19 in Schools While Protecting the Civil Rights of Students (and its 3/21/20 supplement).
- Communicable disease control policies and procedures, which include reporting of suspected or known communicable diseases in the schools to local public health officials. School officials are encouraged to consult with local and state health department officials regarding communicable disease control measures.
- Employee leave and absences policies and procedures, which address sick leave provisions and may include protocols for returning to work following an illness.
- Policies/procedures governing the handling of employee grievances, which would be used to file and respond to employee grievances regarding workplace safety
- District exposure control plans, which include proper hygiene procedures (e.g., diligent hand washing) and protocols for cleaning and disinfecting contaminated surfaces. They also include protocols for handling exposure to blood or other potentially infectious agents.