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

National Charter School Conference Virtual
July 16, 23, & 30

We are excited to announce that the National Charter Schools Conference is going virtual! NCSCvirtual will take place over three days—July 16, 23, and 30—focusing on three areas of interest to schools: remote learning, reopening schools, and reimagining schools. The conference will have many of the great elements of the in-person event; keynote speakers, breakout sessions, homerooms, and networking opportunities, all from the comfort and safety of your home.

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Renegotiating Leases in the time of COVID-19
June 24 | 1 PM ET

The Charter School Facility Center at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools will host a webinar on renegotiating leases in the time of COVID-19. The pandemic's impact has caused unprecedented financial uncertainties and operational challenges for charter schools across the country. Many charter operators and boards may consider revisiting all potential financial levers, including real estate obligations, to stabilize and support healthy operations moving forward.

The session is geared towards supporting operators in leased facilities who may want to consider the viability of renegotiating current lease terms. The session will aim to provide participants with an overview of reasons to consider renegotiating a lease, factors to research and consider before entering a negotiation, levers, and scenarios that could influence a specific outcome and considerations for the best approach to a landlord. A Q&A session with panelists will conclude the session. Panelists will include individuals with deep expertise in charter school real estate leasing who have conducted this work as charter operators and board members, consultants, and legal counsel.

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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

Other Information

Where else can I go for more information?