New York State School Boards Association

On Board Online August 31 2020


Feelings of anxiety cloud reopening plans

On Board Online • August 31, 2020

By Merri Rosenberg
Special Correspondent

After a large number of teachers in an Arizona school district engaged in what The New York Times called a "sick out," administrators canceled plans to reopen schools in mid-August. The teachers cited "health and safety concerns," according to Gregory Wyman, superintendent of the J.O. Combs Unified School District, located outside of Phoenix.


COVID expenses, 20% withholdings challenge school business officials

On Board Online • August 31, 2020

By Paul Heiser
Senior Research Analyst

School districts across the state are scrambling to figure out how to pay for personal protective equipment (PPE) and other expenses required to safely re-open schools this fall.

Consider the 4,200-student Bethlehem Central School District in Albany County.


Governor, give schools the benefit of the doubt

On Board Online • August 31, 2020

By Robert S. Schneider
NYSSBA Executive Director

I doubt that anyone was more surprised than school board members and superintendents when Gov. Andrew Cuomo called out more than 100 districts by name for "failing" to file state-required school reopening plans by the deadline he had set.

"For those 107 districts, how you didn't submit a plan is beyond me," the governor fumed. Then, he speculated aloud: "Maybe they just have determined that they don't want to open, which is the only logical conclusion.''


School closure study suggests timing a factor in COVID-19 infections, mortality

On Board Online • August 31, 2020

By Gayle Simidian
Research Analyst

After parents asked a Cincinnati pediatrician about the effectiveness of school closures on slowing the rate of COVID-19 infections and preventing deaths related to the coronavirus, she designed a research study to answer their question.

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