This page is designed to consolidate risk management information and resources into one place. We hope this will answer many of your safety, prevention and liability-related questions.
Navigational links to the available resource topics on this page include:
While we hope to provide as much information as possible, please contact us if you need additional, or individualized, assistance.
What NBSIA Employee Assistance Program (EAP) resources are available during the stay at home order to support staff health and well-being?
EAP services through MHN are available 24/7 via telephone and web video, including care provider visits and Critical Incidence Response Services (CIRS). Keep in mind that wait times may be longer than usual due to high demand. Also, all on-site EAP training has been suspended through April 30th. MHN has provided some resources to support those transitioning to working from home, available on our EAP webpage.
Can we reschedule a prom or school event outside of the school year? If we are the host of the event, what is our responsibility, particularly if the event is on someone else's property?
Events like these are usually Board approved, similar to summer field trips that are school/district sponsored. If the event is sponsored and supervised by staff and the Board approves, we do not see an issue, especially with the circumstances we are facing today. It may also help financially; if you reschedule rather than cancelling, you may not incur extra costs or lose your deposit
Here is what we know as of today. For all Kaiser locations - all new and return visits will be defaulted to a telehealth visit. In-person visits will only be scheduled if the physician determines a telephone/video visit would be detrimental to the patient's immediate needs. North Bay Occ Health is doing telephone appointments case-by-case; they want new injuries to be seen in-person. Dignity/Woodland Healthcare status is still unclear, although we believe they can offer video visits. For specialty providers, this option would depend on their willingness and capability to provide telehealth. Patients should check with their health care providers.
This is a legally complex issue. Compensability will be fact dependent, based on evidence of exposure during the course of employment and increased risk at work compared with the general public. This bulletin contains a good discussion of the issues involved. Please contact Kami in the NBSIA Workers’ Comp Department to discuss specific situations.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has produced a list of registered products that are useful against COVID-19. Please remember to have Safety Data Sheets available.
The CA Department of Pesticide Regulation Integrated Pest Management (IPM) site has information about use of disinfectants and hand sanitizers in schools, and links to free IPM training (registration required).
NBSIA Legislative Update. NBSIA is currently tracking approximately 165 pieces of legislation, most involving the COVID-19 situation and its effects on the budget, unemployment and school administration. The Legislature is set to return on May 4th, but most believe it will be extended until May 30th.
The National Conference of State Legislatures has provided an in-depth review of the COVID-19 stimulus bill, the CARES Act, and what it means for states. You can access their review, and an estimate of each state's allocation, here.
Cyber Security: NBSIA has information and resources to help keep you and your data safe, as well as information on what to do in response to a security breach. For additional resources on cyber security and working from home safety precautions, please visit our Cyber Resources page.
Remember there are regulations around the use of pesticides in schools including hand sanitizers, disinfectant sprays and wipes and having access to associated safety data sheets. For more information:
CDC Printable Posters on Hand Washing (age-appropriate versions)
CDC Steps to Prevent Illness (including hygiene and what to do if you are sick)
Coping with the COVID-19 Pandemic - Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for School District and County Offices of Education. Attorney, Patti Eyres of the Eyres Law Group, has created this invaluable resource for district and county office leaders. Using the interactive table of contents, educational leaders can get the well-informed, researched answers they need most. For further questions about leaves, accommodation requests, and related employment issues, contact Patti Eyres, our EPL Hotline partner. Phone at 602-448-4051.
Target/Vector Solutions is now offering a series of webinars and courses on different topics as it relates to COVID-19. This includes topics such as transitioning to working from home, managing stress and anxiety, and virus information. Some topics will require a log-in; ask your administrator for access.
The U.S. Department of Education has also compiled a website of resources and pertinent information as it relates to COVID-19, schools and school personnel.
– National Conference of State Legislatures, April 7, 2020
“Southern California outpacing Bay Area in New Coronavirus Cases. So Where’s the Peak?” – Los Angeles Times, April 7, 2020
“Buyers, Insurers Call for 9/11-type Fund to Relieve COVID-19 Impact” – Business Insurance, March 31, 2020
“How K-12 Schools Should Prepare for Coronavirus” – Center for American Progress, March 12, 2020
California Department of Public Health Guidance for Schools (PDF)