COVID-19 Resources

Updated 08/04/20 (Look for 🆕 icon)

COVID-19 Support Page

NJPCSA is committed to advocating for students and making sure access to high quality education continues, even during this disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our schools have stepped up to the challenge, and we want to make sure we are providing resources to help most efficiently move through this unprecedented challenge.  You can send your questions to info@njcharters.org.

This support page includes resources from the Murphy Administration and Legislature, the NJ Department of Education, the NJ Department of Health, as well as from the NJPCSA. You can also find some of the latest news stories featuring the work of our state’s charter schools.

NJPCSA Resources

🆕 PPE from The Safety Center of America (08/05/20)
The Safety Center of America and the New Jersey Public Charter School Association have partnered to support schools as they reopen their buildings for in-person learning during the COVID19 pandemic. The strategy and services developed offer schools a turnkey safety system that includes access to discount PPE, safety plan consulting, communication strategies and an implementation roadmap. All member schools who opt into this plan will receive:
  • Bulk discount prices for all necessary PPE
  • Templates for a public facing communication strategy regarding the Safety Plan
  • Safety protocols and proper masks utilization training for school, teachers and kids
  • A step-by-step roadmap for PPE storage, distribution, safe usage and disposal
  • An expert partner on-call to support integrating this into your overall plans

Contact Zachary Carson for more information , 510-978-9636, zach@safetycenterofamerica.com.


COVID-19 Response Resource Library
(Last updated 07/08/20)
Our resource library includes federal guidelines, reopening guidance, information on vulnerable populations, support materials for virtual learning and more. This folder will be updated regularly as new resources are developed. Please email bdiamante@njcharters.org for access.

Resources for School Reopening and Operations 06/02/20

NJPCSA Webinar “Learnings from New Jersey’s Public Charter Schools during COVID-19
Guests from Uncommon Schools, KIPP NJ, Unity Charter School and iLearn Schools shared best practices including supporting middle school readers and writers virtually, SEL supports during the health crisis, serving students with disabilities and staying connected with teachers.

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National Guidance

National Council on Charter School Facilities The National Council on School Facilities is working to develop concise and uniform guidance for reopening & operating public school systems in this COVID-19 pandemic. Resources and tools have been developed in working sessions with the input of over 100 local district and state facilities officials as well as architects, planners, researchers, and civic leaders during 8 weekly webinars delivered by the National Council on School Facilities and Cooperative Strategies from April 2nd to June 4th.

National Alliance A Compendium of Public Resources on The Safe Reopening of Charter Schools July 2020

NJ Coronavirus Legislation to Know

Signed into Law

S2383/A4142 Requires Commissioner of Education to establish three-year “Bridge Year Pilot Program” for certain students who were impacted by public health state of emergency caused by coronavirus disease 2019.

A3904/S2337 Permits use of virtual or remote instruction to meet minimum 180-day school year requirement under certain circumstances.

S2342/A3915 Permits nonprofit corporations to allow members to participate in meetings by means of remote communication and permits nonprofit corporations to hold meetings in part or solely by means of remote communication during state of emergency.

A3840/S2281 Requires school districts to provide school meals or meal vouchers to students eligible for free and reduced-price school meals during school closures due to COVID-19 epidemic.

Other Resources

Back to School Facilities Toolkit The Brooklyn LAB Back to School Facilities Tool Kit design process began by listening to and incorporating insights from a range of stakeholders, including families, public health experts, students, teachers, parents, guardians, and peer schools. Together, LABUPCGenslerPBDWPSF ProjectsSITU, and WXY developed a Tool Kit consistent with Center for Disease Control and The American Federation of Teacher’s (AFT) recommendations that explores: 1. Mapping a safe journey from home to the school, and 2. Upgrading the school.

New Jersey Public Assistance Resources This document outlines several public assistance resources, including mortgage and rent assistance, medical resources, mental health, food assistance and more.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Considerations for Schools This page includes several guidance documents and recommendations that schools can use as they develop their reopening plans.

🆕 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention School Decision-making Tool for Parents, Caregivers and Guardians

This tool is designed to help parents, caregivers, and guardians weigh the risks and benefits of available educational options to help them make decisions about sending their child back to school. It is organized to provide parents and caregivers with:

  • Information on COVID-19 and why safely reopening schools is so critical.
  • Tools to:
    • Help you assess your child’s and your family’s risk of COVID-19;
    • Consider factors that will help you make a choice, if offered, of instructional format (e.g. virtual, in person, or a hybrid option); and
    • Prepare for the school year, regardless of format.