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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus strain spreading from person-to-person in China and other countries, including the United States. School districts need resources and guidance to prepare for what’s next. Below you’ll find guidance and considerations from state and federal agencies, as well as resources on the information ISPRA members have communicated to parents, staff and community members in Iowa school districts. Use these resources to support your own district’s efforts to communicate important information around COVID-19. Track school closures across the nation using the Education Week tool. 

Guidance and Considerations

Use the School Administrators of Iowa clearinghouse to help superintendents share COVID-19 communication and planning.

Read Governor Reynolds recommendation that districts close for four weeks, March 15, 2020

Use the IDPH resources on COVID-19, including a planning sheet, FAQ, webinar, talking points and more.

Read the latest guidance from the Iowa Department of Education

Read considerations for school closure from the Center for Disease Control (CDC)

Use the US Department of Education resources, including FERPA and the coronavirus, FAQ on providing services to children with disabilities, fact sheet on the impact of coronavirus on assessments and more.

Use the DMPS resources on coronavirus, including FAQ, family support, communications and travel during closures.

COVID-19 Fact Sheet

English Fact Sheet

Spanish Fact Sheet

Digital District Examples on Coronavirus Information

Coronavirus Information West Des Moines

Schools and Coronavirus Cedar Rapids

Charles City COVID-19 Update Webpage

Ottumwa COVID-19 Update Center Webpage

Parent/Guardian and Staff/Faculty Info Letters

DMPS Letter -Parents

Dubuque Letter Staff-Families

Cedar Rapids Update Staff-Families

St-Alberts Letter-Parents

Ottumwa Update-Parents

 Muscatine Letter Staff-Parents

Waterloo Schools Letter-Staff-Families

Solon Letter-Community

Cedar Valley Superintendents Message

South Tama Letter-Community

St-Alberts Letter-Faculty-Staff

School Closure Letters

Des Moines Schools Extends Spring Break – Superintendent Letter

COVID-19 Exposure and Positive Case Letters

Template Letter Possible Exposure to COVID 19

Template Letter Positive Case of COVID 19

NSPRA Resources

Guide to the Coronavirus Communications Crisis

Watch this recording to hear from a panel of notable school PR experts about how to communicate COVID-19 updates to parents, staff, and community


National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA)

Visit NSPRA website

Starting a Public Relations Program

Communication Accountability Program info and data

Research Resources

PRSA Accredited in Public Relations (APR)

The Public Relation Society of America APR measures a public relations practitioner’s fundamental knowledge of communications theory and its application; establishes advanced capabilities in research, strategic planning, implementation and evaluation; and demonstrates a commitment to professional excellence and ethical conduct.

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Social Media

US Dept. of Education Social Media Tip Sheets