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COVID-19: For Educators


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Information & Resources for Educators:

Pursuant to Executive Order 202.68, New York State has instituted a Cluster Action Initiative to control outbreaks of the COVID-19 virus. More information on this Initiative, including a tool to determine if your school is located in a cluster hot spot, can be found at Executive Order 202.69 outlines the penalties and ramifications for a failure to comply with this important public health requirement.

NYSED has put together this resource for educators

Measuring Attendance during COVID-19: Considerations for Synchronous and Asynchronous Learning Environments

A podcast conversation with NACSA's Director of Learning, Heather Wendling and NYSED Charter School Office Executive Director David Frank.

  • Resources on Vaccines:

Updated information from the CDC on COVID-19 Vaccines for Teachers, School Staff, and Childcare Workers external link icon

Communication toolkit with posters, fact sheets, newsletter articles, social media graphics, and “I Got My COVID-19 Vaccine” stickers external link icon

Plain language materials in multiple languages:

3. Educational Continuity Plan Chat - School in the Square Public CS external link icon
This is a conversation with Even Meyers and Carrie Amon, from School in the Square Public Charter School, regarding the supports and services they are providing to students during the COVID-19 emergency:

4. Educational Continuity Plan Chat - Ivy Hill Prep Charter School external link icon
This is a conversation with Judge Marsha Michael and Ambrosia Johnson, from Ivy Hill Prep Charter School, regarding the supports and services they are providing to students during the COVID-19 emergency:

5. Educational Continuity Plan Chat - VOICE Charter School external link icon

David Frank from the NYSED Charter School Office has a conversation with Franklin Headley, VOICE Charter School's Principal and Executive Director, and Matthew Kolman, VOICE's middle school director, regarding the work they are doing in Queens, NY to instill efficacy, care, and wonder for their students, even during times of uncertainty. We discuss preparing for the unknown, the challenges of remote teaching, social-emotional development, and planning for the fall.

6. Family Guide to Remote Learning - The Hellenic Classical Charter School: Contains all remote learning expectations in one quick powerpoint.

7. High School Virtual Band - Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School external link icon

When the coronavirus pandemic put a stop to in-person band practice, music teacher Lexi Carlson and her band students knew they had to keep the music going. After trial, error, and six weeks of hard work, the Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School's High School Band is releasing their first ever recording, “Ode to Joy,” the theme from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony that for centuries has been a symbol of hope and the resilience of the human spirit.

Many of the band members began playing their instruments just this school year.  They started practicing "Ode to Joy" at school in February and continued to learn it remotely through one-on-one sessions over Zoom in order to put together the recording. It is the first time the students have ever practiced and recorded music on their own. Lexi Carlson, the Syracuse Academy of Science High School band teacher, put together the students’ individual recordings with the support of the Science Academies of New York multimedia department to create the released video recording:


Any questions related to COVID-19 can be sent to: If your school is willing to share any resources as exemplars, please email them to us at:

Further guidance from the New York State Health Department and NYSED is forthcoming.

Last Updated: March 31, 2021