IMPORTANT: TAKE AASA COVID-19 RESPONSE SURVEY

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IMPORTANT: TAKE AASA COVID-19 RESPONSE SURVEY

As AASA continues to monitor the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, today on March 13, 2020, we released a nationwide survey as part of our effort to detail and capture what this evolving crisis means to schools and communities.

The data from this survey will be used to track how school districts are responding to COVID-19, describe how ed-technology is helping or impeding districts' ability to deliver curriculum and instruction, to detail the fiscal impact of COVID-19 on nation’s our public school system, and use this information with superintendents and on Capitol Hill.

Please take a few moments to complete the survey, helping us to illustrate COVID-19’s impact on public schools. We will make the results of the survey available to all members, information you may find useful, will use the data to power and inform our work on Capitol Hill—as it relates to emergency fiscal and policy relief—and share it with our state affiliates who can use it in state policy discussions. We hope to get responses from our members in 49 states, and appreciate the time you can take to submit your response.

You can access the survey by contacting Chris Rogers at crogers@aasa.org or Noelle Ellerson Ng at  nellerson@aasa.org.

USDA Offers 25 States and DC Waivers to Serve Federal Meals while Schools are Closed

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USDA Offers 25 States and DC Waivers to Serve Federal Meals While Schools are Closed

Today, the Department of Agriculture (USDA) eased rules so that 25 states and the District of Columbia can provide meals as part of the school lunch and breakfast programs to students outside of group settings. Consequently, marking a decision by the agency that will make it easier for schools to feed low-income children even while some districts are closed.

Specifically, USDA's decision will allow states to request waivers so that schools can switch to summer feeding models and offer meals to students in various locations. For our members, this action will enable school system leaders to implement innovative programs like "grab-and-go" breakfast and lunch programs to better enable districts to comply with social distancing recommendations from public health officials. 

To see the details on what your state should do to request a waiver, click here.

CDC Offers Recommendations on School Closures

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CDC Offers Recommendations on School Closures

As schools continue to deal with the impact of COVID-19 on school system operations, this week the CDC offered recommendations on school closure procedures for districts.

To check out the CDC’s recommendations click here. 

As you comb through the document, please look to see what this research says is the impact of closing schools, for short or long periods of time, on containing the spread of COVID-19.  

 

 

School Meals Assistance Proposals to be Included in Broader House Corona Legislative Package

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School Meals Assistance Proposals to be included in Broader House Corona Legislative Package

As the House votes as early as today on another funding and policy package related to COVID-19, we wanted to flag that the package of legislation to provide relief to states and localities will contain two bills aimed at offering school districts increased flexibilities in administering the federal school meal programs

The first bill is a bipartisan proposal led by Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) and James Komer (R-KY ) - dubbed the COVID–19 Child Nutrition Response Act - and would enable the Department of Ed to offer school officials waivers to distribute food in any number of settings across all nutrition programs, and allow for flexibilities around the nutritional provisions of the national school lunch and breakfast programs. The second piece of legislation led by Ilhan Omar (D-MN) - titled the Maintaining Essential Access to Lunch for Students (MEALS) Act - would wave existing requirement that prevents the Department of Agriculture from approving state waiver requests that result in increased costs to the federal government. Check out the full details here.

AASA will keep you abreast of this evolving issue and continue advocating for additional federal support to schools as they're impacted by the Coronavirus.