On COVID-19 and WSSDA

Essential WSSDA Operations are Continuing

All staff continue to work. Phone lines and emails are monitored and operational as usual. All regular WSSDA business, like the position proposal process and committee meetings will continue. However, committee meetings will switch to online instead of in-person. 

Event Cancellations

All Spring Regional Meetings have been cancelled. Regional OnBoard workshops through May have also been cancelled. WSSDA staff are processing refunds for all who already registered.

COVID-19 Networking Calls 

In lieu of regional meetings, calls have been set up through GoToMeeting in order to focus on the response to COVID-19. The conversations will be focused on the board’s domain, but superintendents are encouraged to participate.

See dates, times and more details…

Strategies from the field

See the strategies shared by school boards during the WSSDA COVID-19 networking calls.

eClippings expanded to seven days a week

In a crisis, the quality of an information source is more critical than ever. WSSDA’s daily eClippings is now delivered seven days a week and contains links to information shared by:

  • Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Washington Department of Health
  • National School Boards Association
  • Centers for Disease Control
  • World Health Organization

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Update on Open Public Meetings

In light of Governor Inslee’s March 24th proclamation, see WSSDA’s update on open public meetings.

Model Resolution

This model resolution is written to save time and work for school boards as they respond to the needs of their communities during the COVID-19 outbreak. For example, the resolution will allow boards to suspend provisions of board policies and/or whole policies as necessary to implement official guidance. Suspending policy or portions of policy is necessary for districts to have the flexibility to take unusual or unprecedented actions, such as dropping of meals, which existing board policy does not support. Additionally, this resolution allows districts to take actions needed now without first laboring through the revision of existing policies one by one, and then needing to revise them all back to their original state post-crisis. 

WSSDA has created a model resolution to help board streamline their work in the current situation.

Resource for Crisis Communications

For school directors, we’ve prepared a brief guide on communicating during a time of crisis. The guide contains recommendations for being proactive, considering your audience, using social media, and more.

Prior COVID-19-related Messages by WSSDA