New York State School Boards Association

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.

Advocacy Update: Reserve Fund Usage Bill Signed

August 25, 2020

Yesterday evening Governor Cuomo signed a bill that allows for some flexibility with the use of restricted reserve funds by school districts. Now Chapter 157, the bill permits school districts to pull funds from otherwise restricted reserve funds for COVID-related expenses. If a school district chooses to do so, the district must pay the funds back to reserve within five years, at a minimum of 20% of the withdrawal per year. In addition, the district must also add a reasonably expected interest rate of return to the pay back.

Statement of NYSSBA Executive Director Robert Schneider on the appointment of Betty Rosa as interim commissioner of education

FOR RELEASE: August 11. 2020

We congratulate Betty Rosa on her appointment as interim commissioner of education by the Board of Regents.

We appreciate Dr. Rosa’s willingness to serve during this turbulent and difficult time. Her hands-on involvement in developing guidance for school reopening plans means she is familiar with the urgent educational challenges facing New York schools right now and can easily hit the ground running.

Statement of NYSSBA Executive Director Robert Schneider on School Reopening

FOR RELEASE: August 7, 2020

It is encouraging to hear that New York’s Covid-19 rates remain well within the threshold set for schools to be able to reopen with in-person instruction this fall. Districts will continue to strive toward that possibility.

Next challenge for reopen: PR

On Board Online • August 10, 2020

By Eric D. Randall

What's it been like for school districts planning for the reopening of school? Superintendents across the state and nation offer lots of metaphors.

Mineola Superintendent Michael Nagler says it's been like being on a rollercoaster built around Gov. Andrew Cuomo's COVID mountain.

How should schools handle infections?

On Board Online • August 10, 2020

By Eric D. Randall

If a student or staff member in your school district tests positive for COVID-19 at any point during the new school year, district leaders will have to make a tough decision about whether it's necessary to close one or more school buildings.

Transportation directors cope with COVID-19

On Board Online • August 10, 2020

By Salvatore Prividera
Special Correspondent

How will public schools transport students during the pandemic? School district transportation directors and contractors across the state are developing answers to that question amid uncertainty about many things - whether schools will be open for in-person instruction, how many bus drivers will be available to work and what, exactly, state guidance requires.

Beyond The New Normal



School districts are embarking on a new normal. This research brief outlines innovative strategies New York school leaders are employing to foster positive academic and socio-emotional student development that can aptly serve districts both during this new normal and well beyond it. These strategies involve leveraging educational technology as well as school-community partnerships for K-12 educational sustainability.


Read the Report



Advocacy Update: July 30, 2020

NYSSBA's summer Congressional Meetings have gone virtual.  We would like to thank all of our advocacy liaisons for joining in this effort!  This week we had the opportunity to speak directly with Senator Chuck Schumer.  During the meeting, he encouraged us to ask our members to reach out to their Congressional Representatives and ask them to get the job done. 

Board members wary of safely reopening schools in September without additional funding

FOR RELEASE: July 29, 2020

A majority of New York school board members would like to see students go back to their classrooms on a full-time or part-time basis in September, but they have reservations about whether they can do that safely without additional funding, according to a poll by the New York State School Boards Association.

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