Coronavirus Resources For Charter Schools

As COVID-19 (coronavirus) continues to impact day-to-day operations of schools, the National Alliance is here to help serve as a clearinghouse of information and your connection to what's happening in Washington.

From the National Alliance

As COVID-19 (coronavirus) continues to impact the day-to-day operations of schools, charter schools—particularly single-site schools without close ties to a management organization or school district—may need additional help or resources. Schools aren’t just places of learning, but oftentimes sources of food, afterschool care, health care, and other resources that are critical to vulnerable families, especially as many adults may be forced out of work temporarily. The National Alliance is here to help in any way we can, in partnership with state charter support organizations. And for those of you who have relationships with charter schools in your area, please reach out to find out if there are ways you can help them.

In addition to the resources below, the National Alliance has compiled a growing set of resources for state charter school organizations and charter school leaders. The resources include official guidance from education and health agencies, resources for remote and distance learning, sample letters and communications materials as well as resources from state associations, schools, and other education-related organizations from around the country.

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Upcoming Webinars

Charter Schools Serving Students Experiencing Homelessness during the COVID-19 Crisis
April 24 | 12 PM ET

In these times of crisis, students experiencing homelessness are even more vulnerable than under “normal” circumstances. Join SchoolHouse Connection and the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools for a conversation on how charter schools can meet the needs of students experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 crisis. During the webinar, you will learn about legal requirements as well as best practices in serving students experiencing homelessness.

Presenters:

  • Patricia Julianelle, Director of Program Advancement and Legal Affairs, SchoolHouse Connection
  • Fiona Sheridan-McIver, Senior Manager, Policy & Government Relations, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
  • Christy Wolfe, Vice President, Policy and Planning, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
Register Now
Charter Schools and the Capital Markets During a Pandemic
April 29 | 1 PM ET

Charter schools are changing their operations and finances as they look to borrow money or to repay existing debt. The National Alliance’s Charter School Facility Center will host a webinar on Wednesday, April 29, at 1 p.m. ET, featuring a panel discussion with capital markets experts, including underwriters, debt advisors, credit experts, and charter school leaders to discuss charter schools and the capital markets reaction to the COVID-19 crisis.

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SBA Loans

Where can I find information about the coronavirus relief legislation passed by Congress?
  • The National Alliance has compiled guidance for charter schools thinking about if an SBA Loan is the right for your situation here.
  • The National Alliance hosted a webinar examining what the CARES Act means for charter schools. The recording and presentation are available below. 

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Federal Resources

What resources are available from the federal government?

Educational Equity

Where can I find resources to help develop plans to educate students with disabilities?
  • A coalition including the National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools and the Center on Reinventing Public Education is curating and developing special education resources for educators to serve students who learn differently during this time of challenge.
  • The National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools shares resources on how to better serve students with disabilities.
  • The Department of Education answered questions on how to provide services to children with disabilities. On March 21, the Department issued updated guidance clarifying that while federal law mandates that students with disabilities have an equal opportunity to participate in everything schools provide, including online learning, districts have flexibility in reaching that goal and that federal law should not be used to prevent schools from offering online learning.
How can I ensure school closures do not increase educational inequities?
  • The Education Trust focuses on educational equity and how to help students during school closures.
  • School House Connection has put together a resource guide for schools to proactively and intentionally incorporate outreach to homeless families and unaccompanied youth.
  • The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness offers an FAQ on supporting students experiencing homelessness. 
  • The American Bar Association has a list of at-home and learning resources for foster youth.
How can I protect my students' privacy and civil rights in situations that affect the health or safety of students or other individuals?
What can I do to ensure my students are getting fed? 
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture built a webpage compiling all available information about their nutrition programs.
  • The Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) and The School Superintendents Association released a new resource for school superintendents about the two options — the Summer Food Service Program and the Seamless Summer Option —available for schools to receive funding to serve meals and snacks when schools are closed.
  • Hoonuit built a school meal finder tool. Find meal sites closest to you during school closures here. (as of 3/25 the site includes data for Alaska, Alabama, Arizona, California Louisiana, Tennessee, South Carolina, and Virginia)

Distance Learning

Charter-Specific Resources
Additional Resources
Webinars

Other Information

Where else can I go for more information?