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California School Boards Association’s Webinar Series Provides Much-Needed Guidance During COVID-19 Pandemic

New series tackles pressing questions surrounding new board policies and protocols to extensive state and federal guidance and waivers; the legalities and considerations involved in holding virtual board meetings; bridging the digital divide and offering high-quality distance learning; challenges surrounding special education, student well-being and more.


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (April 29, 2020) — The California School Boards Association (CSBA) has released Governance and Guidance in the Age of COVID-19, the first in a series of webinars providing information for school leaders responding to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. The ongoing series will provide local educational agencies with answers to pressing questions and address concerns expressed by those charged with educating and serving California’s more than 6 million students.

The first of five webinars featured CSBA experts providing an overview of new guidance, laws, executive orders and funding scenarios related to K-12 schools. Upcoming installments will take deep dives into changes in open meeting laws, the digital divide, special education, and students’ mental and physical health. Panelists will explain how the pandemic impacts schools, students and communities, and changes the role of district and county office of education governance teams during these rapidly evolving times.

“We know that school boards are in need of timely and accurate information if they are to make the best decisions on how to educate, feed and support all of California’s students during these challenging times,” said CSBA CEO & Executive Director Vernon M. Billy. “Schools are the hub of their communities, and we are doing all that we can to advocate on their behalf for the resources they need now, and will need as state and federal leaders make changes that affect districts at the local level. These webinars will provide an in-depth look at the challenges schools across our state are facing, and provide our members support as they make decisions for our children at a time when there are few easy answers.”

COVID-19 Webinar Series
Governance and Guidance in the Age of COVID-19
Examination and interpretation of state and federal guidance related to COVID-19 
Watch Now

Open Board Meetings in a World of School Closures 
How to lawfully and effectively hold virtual school board meetings
May 1 at 1 p.m. | Register Now

Going the Distance to Bridge the Digital Divide
Strategies for implementation and instruction when distance learning is the new normal
May 8 at 1 p.m. Register Now

Special Education in Extraordinary Times
Serving students with disabilities during a pandemic
May 13 at 1 p.m. Register Now

Supporting Student Well-Being from Afar
Caring for students’ mental and physical health at a time of school closures
May 20 at 1 p.m. Register Now

CSBA is helping the state’s 1,000 school districts and county offices of education navigate the uncertainties of unprecedented school closures caused by the novel coronavirus through advocacy at the state and federal levels, a plethora of resources and timely updates on education policy changes.
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CSBA is a nonprofit association representing nearly 1,000 PreK-12 school districts
and county offices of education throughout California.