New York State School Boards Association
Webinar: COVID-19 and its effects on school operations-What we know and don’t yet know

Saturday, March 28
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

As the effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic continue to grow, New York school districts continue to seek answers to a myriad of important questions regarding how the educational needs of our students will be met on a short term as well as long term basis.  Join a moderated conversation with Interim Commissioner of Education, Shannon Tahoe, and Deputy Secretary of Education Dan Fuller—two individuals who are directly involved in helping to craft public policy in this regard--along with  NYSSBA’s  Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel Jay Worona.  Although many questions that districts have may not yet be known, Tahoe and Fuller will review the areas that are now settled and provide an overview of what is next on their agenda to tackle.

ATTENTION NYSSBA MEMBERS:  If you did not receive an email regarding this webinar and would like to participate, please send a request to  A link to access the webinar will be sent to you directly.

School Board Meetings in Light of COVID-19

We have received a number of questions related to whether school boards are required to continue holding meetings in accordance with the provisions of the state’s Open Meetings Law. Pursuant to a provision contained in Governor Cuomo’s Executive Orders, please be made aware of the following relief that school boards have been provided:

Suspension of law allowing the attendance of meetings telephonically or other similar service:

Article 7 of the Public Officers Law, to the extent necessary to permit any public body to meet and take such actions authorized by the law without permitting in public in-person access to meetings and authorizing such meetings to be held remotely by conference call or similar service, provided that the public has the ability to view or listen to such proceeding and that such meetings are recorded and later transcribed.

Contact NYSSBA

During the COVID-19 pandemic, NYSSBA continues to serve member school districts. However, members of the NYSSBA staff will be working from home during this period in order to prevent the spread of the virus.

You may contact Executive Director Robert Schneider at 518.764.8737 or Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel Jay Worona at 518.281.2619 with any emergencies.

If you have a specific question, please contact the individual below:

Member Relations & NYSSBA Convention: Barry Entwistle, 518.810.9809

Leadership Development and Training: Darci D’Ercole, 518.469.3083

Human Resources and Operations: Jeffrey Handelman, 518.229.5477

Information Technology: James Page, 518.424.7606
includes BoardDocs, E-clips, online training, website, membership updates

Communications, Marketing and Research: David Albert, 518.320.2221
includes news media inquiries, On Board

Legal and Policy Services: Jay Worona, 518.281.2619

Finance: Kristina Oliver, 518.466.5630
includes membership dues, billing, refunds

Governmental Relations: Brian Fessler, 518.229.0267

For additional assistance. View the full Staff Directory

News Releases

Important statement from NYSSBA Executive Director Robert Schneider on school board elections

FOR RELEASE: March 20, 2020

CONTACT: David Albert
(518) 783-3716 office (518) 320-2221 cell


The New York State School Boards Association is urging candidates for their local boards of education not to go door-to-door in order to collect signatures on their petitions to get on the ballot for school board elections this May.

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Why school costs rose as enrollment dropped

On Board Online • March 16, 2020

By Eric D. Randall

Public school enrollment in New York State is down, dropping at least 5% in most districts since 2007-08. But spending is up. Why?

The Office of the State Comptroller answers that question in a new report that is sympathetic to the pressures on school boards and school administrators.

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Daily Clips

Journal News
Coronavirus: Expectations growing that schools will stay closed into April, and possibly beyond (NYSSBA quoted)

Spectrum News
NYSSBA: Student Needs Come First, School Budget Second (NYSSBA quoted)

Syracuse Post Standard
Coronavirus: AP exams will be online, shortened to 45 minutes

Here are the top education stories found in today's NYSSBA e-Clips. If you're a NYSSBA member, you can subscribe to e-Clips to receive education news from over 26 newspapers each day.Sign-up TODAY!

Upcoming Events

2020 Policy Workshop - Online Platform
Date: April 1, 2020
Supporting a Culture of Care in Schools - Rochester (POSTPONED)
Date: April 2, 2020
Time: 7:30 am - 3:30 pm
2020 Policy Workshop - Online Platform
Date: April 22, 2020
Supporting a Culture of Care in Schools - Albany (POSTPONED)
Date: April 23, 2020
Time: 7:30 am - 3:30 pm
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