School Board/District Guidance

MSBA: The transition from Minnesota’s stay-at-home directive to the current stay safe environment may lead some school boards to alter their board meeting approach. It is important to keep in mind that the peacetime state of emergency and pandemic declaration remain in effect. MSBA offers guidance in its updated MSBA School Board Meeting Guide with recognition that the manner in which a school board holds its meetings is largely a matter of local control. Access the updated School Board Meeting Guidance (updated May 28, 2020)

CDC: Activities and Initiatives Supporting the COVID-19 Response and the President’s Plan for Opening America Up Again (School/camp guidance begins on Page 45; May 2020)

Minnesota Department of Education: Minnesota Summer Programming Guidance for Schools (Updated May 29, 2020)

CDC: Considerations for Schools (May 19, 2020)

U.S. Department of Education: Providing Services to English Learners During the COVID-19 Outbreak (May 18, 2020)

Minnesota Department of Education: Prioritization of Children of Families Working in Critical Sectors — Summer Programming and Child Care (May 14, 2020)

Minnesota Department of Health: Guidance for Social Distancing in Youth and Student Programs (Updated May 13, 2020)

Resolutions for Filling a Temporary Vacancy Due to Illness or Prolonged Absence

MSBA's COVID-19 Questions and Answers — Frequently Asked Questions from School Board Members and Superintendents: Session II (May 8, 2020)

Minnesota Department of Education — Creating Equitable Grading Systems During COVID-19 (May 1, 2020)

Minnesota Department of Health — School Building Use Guidance for In-Person Assessments/Hands-On Course Completion (April 30, 2020)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) — Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes (April 29, 2020)

MSBA's COVID-19 Questions and Answers: Frequently Asked Questions from School Board Members and Superintendents (April 21, 2020)

Education Week: How to Keep Students and Staff Safe on Videoconferencing (April 17, 2020)

Sample Resolution: Request for Fund Transfer | Guidance for Transfer of Funds | Request for Fund Transfer Form (April 7, 2020)

MSBA Public Hearing Guidance (Updated April 30, 2020)

MSBA School Board Meeting Guide: MSBA encourages school boards to meet by telephone conference call or other electronic means. (Updated April 7, 2020)

MSBA School Board Chair Script for Virtual Meetings (Updated April 7, 2020)

COVID-19 and Student-Centered Leadership: By Katie Klanderud and Paula O'Loughlin, MSBA Board Development Team


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Resources for K-12 Schools and Childcare Programs 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Tips to Keep Children Healthy While School is Out

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Guidance for Child Care Programs that Remain Open

CBS Minnesota: COVID-19 Community Resources

Minnesota Department of Health: Information for Schools and Child Care

Minnesota Department of Health School Liaison: Susan Klammer (or contact

Minnesota Department of Education Health: Masking Recommendations for Child Care and Schools

Minnesota Department of Education Health: The Difference Between Alternative Masks and Surgical Masks for COVID-19 (Graphic)

National Association of School Psychologists: Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19

Graduation Ceremonies

Listen to an audio recording of Considerations for 2020 Graduations Discussion (recorded May 14, 2020), featuring MSBA's Kirk Schneidawind and Terry Morrow. NOTE: Log-in required for access.

The Minnesota Department of Education, Office of Higher Education and Minnesota Department of Health released guidance for schools regarding graduation ceremonies on May 8. This guidance was developed jointly between the three departments and outlines some specific activities that schools should or should not do. MSBA staff is reviewing the guidance.

Government Updates

MSBA Legislative Update Webinar: End of the Regular Legislative Session Update (Recorded May 19, 2020) | NOTE: Log-in required for access.

Legislative Update Webinar (recorded April 27, 2020): Hear the latest state and federal news from MSBA's Denise Dittrich. NOTE: Log-in required for access.

A Call with Governor Walz: Listen to the April 24 conference call with Governor Walz for school board members. NOTE: Log-in required for access.

Senator Tina Smith: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About the $2 Trillion Funding Package Passed to Respond to the Coronavirus Pandemic

COVID-19 Legislative Information: Minnesota House of Representatives | Minnesota Senate

Insurance and Employment

COVID-19: Employment-Related Q&A: MSBA provides answers to some frequently asked employment-related questions (Updated May 4, 2020) | Access the Families First Coronavirus Response Act poster (Updated March 25, 2020)

Options for Staff Who May Need Reassignment (Updated April 28, 2020)

Health Insurance Sealed Bid Opening Processes and COVID-19 (March 27, 2020)

Minnesota School Boards Association Insurance Trust (MSBAIT)

Marsh & McLennan Agency: Coronavirus Resource Page

MSBAIT Risk Protection Program Participating Insurers: