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
Muscatine Letter Staff-Parents
Waterloo Schools Letter-Staff-Families
Cedar Valley Superintendents Message
South Tama Letter-Community
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
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
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.
US Dept. of Education Social Media Tip Sheets