Resources for ISCA Members Related to the COVID-19 Crisis


Guidance for In-Person Education in K-12 Educational Settings
January, 2022  from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
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Education Roundup –  Vaccination, Testing and Mitigation:  What the Biden Administration’s COVID-19 Plan Means for Independent Schools
September 27, 2021
Venable, LLP
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Employers with 100 Employees or More Must Require Vaccines 
September 10, 2021
Venable, LLP
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CDC Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in K-12 Schools
August 5, 2021
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American Rescue Plan: What does the $2.75 billion for Emergency Assistance for Nonpublic Schools (EANS) mean?  Read guidance from Venable, LLP on 3.17.21
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CDC Guidelines for K-12 schools
Released February 12, 2021
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School Reopening Tools and Resources from the Parabola Project
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CDC’s Operating Schools during COVID-19 -updated guidance
Released August 21, 2020
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“Quick Reference Guide for Reopening Schools”  
August 19, 2020
PolicyLab, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
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“Evidence and Considerations for School Reopenings”
Updated August 6, 2020
PolicyLab, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
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“Coronavirus and ‘Force Majeure‘ Provisions in Contracts”
by Anthony DeProspo Jr., Schwartz Hannum PC
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“Private Schools Catch Parents’ Eye as Public School Buildings Stay Shut”
by  Education Week
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“Schools Should Prioritize Reopening in Fall 2020, Especially for Grades K-5, While Weighing Risks and Benefits”
by National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
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CDC FAQ for School Administrators on Reopening Schools
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COVID-19 Operating a Safe Distance Learning Program
by Praesidium
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Reopening Schools – Legal Issues to Consider
by Debevoise & Plimpton

CDC The Importance of Reopening America’s Schools this Fall
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CDC School Reopening Decision Tree
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NAIS Legal Advisory:  Reopening School Campus
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Governance During COVID-19:  5 Things Boards Can Focus on Right Now by Monique Davis
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NAIS: Planning for Summer and Fall 
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The Importance of Understanding and Fulfilling the Duty of Reasonable Care When Reopening School by David Wolowitz, McLane Middleton
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FFA and SBA:  Implications for Independent Schools Accepting Federal Financial Assistance  by Susan Schorr, McLane Middleton
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Top 10 Points for Board Leadership in Unprecedented Times
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Generative Questions for the Board to Consider in this COVID-19-Crisis
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COVID-19 and Insurance Considerations for Independent Schools:  Read Guidance

DRAFT CDC Guidance on School Re-Openings:  Read Draft Guidance

“The Crisis Has Come:  Is Your Board on Board?”  by David Wolowitz, McLane Middleton
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“Independent Schools Must Be Prepared to Respond Strategically to the Current Economic Crisis”  by David Wolowitz, McLane Middleton
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BoardSource:  Virtual Meetings Untangled
BoardSource is making this $40 book ‘free’ during this COVID-19 crisis.  Get a free copy to help you lead effective virtual board meetings! Free Copy of Book  

INSEAD Knowledge:  The Role of the Board in Times of Distress
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BoardSource:  Engaging Your Board as You Navigate COVID-19
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Guide to the federal CARES Act:  CARES Act Guide

ISM Independent School Guide to the CARES Act:  See Guide

NAIS Guidance:  NAIS Guidance Documents on COVID-19

BoardSource:  How Nonprofits and Board Members Can Respond to COVID-19
BoardSource Guidance Page

Independent School Management (ISM) is making multiple resources available to independent school leaders regardless of ISM membership.  These free resources are available through their website.
ISM COVID-19 resources

How to Support Your HOS During This Crisis

Tips for Virtual Board Meetings


Nonprofit Web Advisor Webinar:  Can You Make the COVID-19 Vaccine Mandatory?
Friday, December 18 3:00 pm  and Monday, January 4, 2:00 pm EST
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ISM – Weekly Pandemic Briefings with Medical Experts 
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NBOA Webinar:  Faculty and Staff COVID Cases –  What’s Your Liability?
Thursday, December 17, 2020   3:00 pm EST
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ISCA Webinar:  “Insurance, Risk Management and Legal Considerations During COVID-19”
August 26, 2020
Webinar presenters:  Ronald Wanglin, Chairman of the Board,  Bolton & Company and Michael Blacher, Partner, Liebert Cassidy Whitmore
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ISCA Webinar:  “Reopening and Staying Open”
August 19, 2020
Webinar presenter, Dr. David Rubin, Director, PolicyLab, Children’s Hospital”of Philadelphia
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Governance During COVID:  The Important Role fo the Board”
Webinar offered by Nonprofit WebAdvisor
Monday August 10, 2020  12:00 pm ET
Fee:  $79
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COVID-19 ISCA Chair Chats
Thursday, May 28th   3:00 – 4:00 pm ET
Thursday, June 11th   3:00 – 4:00 pm ET
Thursday, June 25th  2:00  – 3:00 pm ET
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ISM “Roadmap to Campus Reopening”  
A 90-day comprehensive program from June 16 – Sept 3.  Can join after June 16th and receive all benefits.
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“Reopening Considerations:  Updates on COVID-19, The Anti-Racist Movement and More”
Thursday, June 25th  2:00 – 3:00 pm ET
Presented by Schwartz Hannum, PC
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COVID-19 ISCA Chair Chats

Friday, May 7th  3:00 – 4:00 pm ET
Executing Board Oversight Responsibilities
Effective governance during a crisis is challenging. Boards are often criticized for not doing enough or being in the weeds. Are you clear about your responsibilities and where decision making lies during this crisis? Join your fellow board chairs in discussing how you are navigating your goverance responsibilities and providing oversight on health and safety and legal risk. Guest facilitator, David Wolowitz, McLane Middleton

Friday, May 1st  3:00  – 4:00 pm ET
Contingency Planning for Fall 2020
In light of the uncertain trajectory of the COVID-19 crisis, boards need to insure that their school is prepared for various scenarios in the fall. Join your fellow board chairs in discussing what contingney plans should be deliberated in preparation for fall 2020. Guest facilitators are John Farber and his fellow partners from RG175.

Tuesday, April 28th  2:00 – 3:00 pm ET
How the Board Can Support Fundraising During the COVID-19 Crisis
Let’s talk about how the Board can play an important role in donor relations and fundraising efforts during this crisis.  Guest facilitators, Rob Bull and Kate Luke of The Compass Group

Friday, April 24th  3:00 – 4:00 pm ET
Strategic Opportunities to Promote Your School
Are there new and creative ways to position the school in a positive light as a result of the challenges encountered by the COVID-19 crisis?  Join your fellow ISCA board chairs to discuss ways to think strategically about your school and its market sustainability through this crisis. Guest facilitators, John Farber and his fellow partners from RG175.

Tuesday, April 21st  3:00 – 4:00 pm ET
Head of School Transition Amidst COVID-19 Crisis
If you have a HOS transition planned for this summer, join this call to discuss challenges presented by social distancing and the COVID-19 crisis.  Guest facilitator, Dr. Jerry Larson of Educational Directions

Wednesday, April 1st    3:00 – 4:00 pm ET
Join ISCA for a live video conference call facilitated by ISCA leadership and NAIS, Director of Leadership and Governance, Anne-Marie Balzano to discuss the issues and concerns Board Chairs are facing during this COVID-19 crisis. We want to support you as you navigate these unprecedented events and there is value in sharing and learning from each other. What are the biggest issues you are discussing now, what resources and support do you need? We hope you will join us. Tell us how you are doing and what you need. If you have a specific topic that you want to discuss, please email that to by Friday, 3/27.

*Note: We are limiting this initial call to 24 members. Depending on demand, we can have 3 breakout sessions of 8 so the call can be more interactive. If registrations are full, please email me and we will schedule a second call date.

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National Business Officers Association (NBOA)
COVID-19 Webinars

Tuesday, May 20th  3:00 – 4:00 pm
Preparing for COVID-19 Tuition Refund Litigation Against Independent K-12 Schools
Tuesday, May 20th  3:00  – 4:00 pm ET

Wednesday, April 22nd 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Thinking Ahead: COVID-19 Considerations in Re-Opening Your School and Campus
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Thursday, April 24th 4:00 pm ET
Stewarding Endowments through the COVID-19 Crisis

NBOA Webinars

Nonprofit WebAdvisor COVID-19 Webinars:
 Nonprofit WebAdvisor has live and recorded webinars available for a fee of $79 that address a variety of topics that nonprofit organizations are facing during this COVID-19 crisis from remote board governance to donor development.  This link will take you to the listing of their available webinars.

COVID-19:  10 Ways to Turn the Coronavirus into an Opportunity
Tuesday, April 14th  1:00 pm ET

COVID-19 and Donor Development During Uncertain Times
Wednesday, April 22nd  1:00 pm ET

NAIS Weekly Legal Counsel Webinar Updates:  Every Tuesday, from 1:00  – 1:30 pm ET with NAIS Legal Counsel, Megan Mann.  Beginning 3/24/20.
Register here for March 31st webinar

NAIS COVID-19 Trend Report:  Risk Management and Legal Considerations for Reopening Schools
Tuesday, May 19th 1:00 pm ET

Schwartz Hannum, PC COVID-19 Webinars

Enterprise Risk Management for Independent Schools in General and in Response to COVID-19
Wednesday, May 27th 1:00 pm ET

The Latest COVID-19 Student-Related Legal Updates
Friday, April 24th 1:00 pm ET

ISM Webinar “What Should Development Professionals Do Right Now?”

Tuesday, March 31st   2:00 – 3:00 pm ET
Should you continue or suspend Annual Fund; how can you still engage and solicit major donors?
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ISCA Webinar Tuesday, March 24th 1:00 – 2:30 pm ET

COVID-19: Critical Issues for Independent School Board Chairs” hosted by Sara Schwartz, Founder and President of Schwartz Hannum, PC.
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Contact Sara Schwartz for a copy of presentation slides and COVID-19 checklist at

BoardSource Facebook Live Event
Wednesday, March 25th 12:00 – 1:00 pm ET
Board Source Facebook Live Event with BoardSource Board Chair,Cathy Trower and Executive Director, Anne Wallestad on roles of the CEO and Board Chair during times of crisis.

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