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Creating a campus Plan

Your campus’ plan should address at least these questions:


  • What ongoing steps should we use to help prevent the spread of all diseases— flu, coronavirus, or otherwise?

  • Do we know if any of our families have recently traveled in China or have visiting relatives and/or friends currently in their home from China?

  • What are the steps to follow if coronavirus starts to spread in your geographical area?

  • What to do if there is a first confirmed case of coronavirus at your school?


Below is a list of questions to answer as you work out the details of your plan of action:


  • At what threshold would you suspend a class, or school, and for how long?

  • What steps should be taken to keep surfaces and hands clean if the risk is mild (i.e., it’s in your area)?

  • What symptoms will you ask parents to look for?

  • Do you want to modify or more strongly enforce your "no school attendance within 24 hours of having a fever"?

  • How will you refer students to be tested if you have concerns?

  • If you have a confirmed case of coronavirus at your school will you close? For how long?

  • Do you notify parents of students that are in the same class as the sick student? (Check on local health disclosure laws.)

It is also EXTREMELY important to follow standard environmental infection control procedures. Discuss these as a staff and require that teachers go over these procedures and practice them with their classes.


  • Washing hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.

  • Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not on hand.

  • Covering the nose and mouth with elbow or a tissue when coughing or sneezing.

  • Avoiding touching eyes, nose, and mouth.

  • Limiting close contact with people who are sick.

  • Play items in preschools, schools and church nurseries should be disinfected more frequently.

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It is also best practice to require that parents keep sick children home from school until they’re fever-free for at least 24 hours without medication. If you are aware that you have families who have recently traveled in China, the CDC is requesting that healthy travelers who have recently been to China voluntarily self-quarantine for 14 days. If you have a student or family who has traveled to China and is self-quarantining, then they should be excused for those 14 days.


If you or someone you know has traveled to China and feels sick, please:

  • Stay home and avoid contact with others, except for seeking medical care.

  • Seek medical care right away. Again, before seeking care, call ahead to report recent travel and symptoms.

  • Cover mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve (not hands) when coughing or sneezing.

  • Wash hands frequently.


sample plans

See below for sample plans for school responses to COVID-19, including implementing online instruction, decision-making for campus shutdown, and more.

Concordia-Shanghai Response Plan

Sample Shutdown Plan and Guidelines


Extensive Library of Online Learning Guidelines and Response Plans

Resources for Teaching Online Due to School Closures

Learning Plan for Preschool to Grade 12

  • Utilize to insert Religion curriculum in this learning plan

  • Video email from is currently free of charge to all schools (teachers, administrators, superintendents, etc...) 

More remote learning resources

COVID-19 Action Plan

SAMPLE forms & communications

See below for sample forms and communications related to school response to COVID-19.

FORM: Tech Take Home Permission Slip #1

FORM: Tech Take Home Permission Slip #2

COMMUNICATION: School response to COVID-19


Liebert Cassidy Whitmore Resources

City of Los Angeles and Contra Costa County Issue New Orders, Los Angeles County Cleared to Move More Quickly Through Stage 2, and Marin County Issues Reopening Guidance for Schools (06/03/2020)

California Employers: Understanding State Unemployment and Unemployment Programs Under the CARES Act Webinar by Liebert Cassidy Whitmore

Federal Funding and Federal Laws: What Participating in Federal Loan Programs Means for California Private Schools (04/20/2020)​

Department of Labor Issues Temporary Regulations Concerning Paid Leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) (04/06/2020)


The CARES Act Provides Forgivable SBA Loans for Private Schools to Help Pay Employees and Other Costs (04/06/2020)


IRS Releases Guidance on How The Tax Credits Work Under The Families First Coronavirus Response Act and Under The CARES Act (04/06/2020)

Department of Labor Clarifies Effective Date  of 04/01/2020 of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (03/24/2020)

Revised bulletin: Families First Coronavirus Response Act Enacted Into Law (03/23/2020)

Special Bulletin For Private Education: New Travel Restrictions Announced By The President, The CDC, and The State Department (03/13/2020)

Additional Information and Resources for Private Schools Related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) (03/11/2020)


FAQs for Private Schools on Responding to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak: Student Issues (03/09/2020)


FAQs for Private Schools on Responding to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak: Employees Issue (03/09/2020)




state education department Resources

Here is information from your state’s Departments of Education.  This is information we had from them as of March 16th, with links to their resources on their specific websites.



Arizona Department of Education 3-15-20

Joint Statement from Gov. Ducey and State Superintendent Kathy Hoffman

“We understand many parents have questions about childcare options. It is the recommendation of public health officials that kids who are not at school remain at home to the greatest extent possible. For families for whom that’s not an option, we are coordinating with partners in the non-profit, faith-based and education communities to make available childcare options to families who need it.”

“As demand rises on healthcare professionals and first responders, schools should expand childcare programs currently available to ensure minimal disruption to these critical jobs as a result of the school closure.”


California Department of Education March 5, 2020 –   (no update since March 5)
Deciding to close a school is a local decision, and one that CDE would not provide the directive on, especially if it is a public health concern. In the case of COVID-19, the decision to close a school would either come from the school and/or district, or ideally from their local county public health officials. We ask that you trust your local district leadership, as well as public health officials, to handle the potential of these situations with professionalism and calmness, and as always, with the safety of students and staff as the utmost priority.

In CA the decisions will be made by local health agencies and school districts.

CA Department of Public Health is providing daily updates at

Nevada Dept of Education – Clark County
All K-12 schools have been ordered closed.  There is no mention of preschools.

This was the statement from the Governor’s Office on March 15, 2020

“Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announced on Sunday all K-12 schools in the state will close until April 6 at least in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The schools, including all public, private and charter schools, will close Monday, March 16 in an effort to stop the spread of the virus.” 

The NV Health Department has the School Closure information from the CDC posted on their site.


lightening the load...

Some fun links to brighten up your day...

How the Virus Stole Easter (with a nod to Dr. Seuss) by Kristi Bothur

A look into the future to the class of 2026 in kindergarten

"I Will Survive", Coronavirus version for teachers going online

A Desperate Mother's Prayer

A Conference Call in Real Life

12 Ideas to Help Young Families Endure the Lockdown of COVID-19

YouTube Disney Experiences!


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