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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus strain spreading from person-to-person across the United States and in countries around the world. 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.

Guidance and Considerations

Customize the Return-to-Learn communications template to help you communicate with your stakeholders.

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

Read the Governor’s press release closing school buildings for the 2019-20 school year

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

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.

COVID-19 Fact Sheet

English Fact Sheet

Spanish Fact Sheet

COVID-19 Webpages

Member districts have shared their district websites with information for parents, students, staff and the community on school closures, graduation, continuous learning, prom, summer school and more. Check back often for the latest examples.

West Des Moines Coronavirus Webpage

Cedar Rapids Coronavirus Webpage

Charles City COVID-19 Update Webpage

Ottumwa COVID-19 Update Center Webpage

Waukee Coronavirus Update Webpage

Sioux City Coronavirus Information Page

College Community COVID-19 Update Page

Fort Dodge COVID-19 Update Page

Des Moines COVID-19 Webpage

COVID-19 Exposure and Positive Case Templates

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