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.
Property Protection: Tips for Site Closure and Reopen; presented by Matt Boughtin, NBSIA Safety Specialist
Travelers Insurance-Risk Control Division has provided some guidelines for restoring and reopening school sites:
Can we get assistance from FEMA for expenses related to COVID-19?
With COVID-19 declared a national disaster, FEMA is authorized to offer Public Assistance (PA) to school districts for emergency protective measures. From the FEMA website, some examples that may qualify for reimbursement are: training specific to the declared event, disinfection, purchase and distribution of PPE, and facility security. A full list of examples is here. Helpful hint: Even if you’re not sure, keep track of possible qualifying expenses as they are incurred. The FEMA website also includes a simplified process for requesting Public Assistance through their PA Grants Portal.
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. Report by Julianne Broyles, Strategic Research and Communications, on the impact COVID-19 is having on CA state legislative activities, including policy making and the state budget.
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.
Operating a Safe Distance Learning Program guidelines, provided by our training partners at Praesidium.
Cyber Security: For 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, please visit our Cyber Resources page.
OSHA's Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 includes information on developing an infectious disease/preparedness plan, and a method to determine if your workers are considered a low, medium or high exposure risks.
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)
Travelers Insurance continues to build resources and support for the return to operations. While most of these resources target business, the information is transferable to school properties. The Resources page is available without any registration required on their public site.
The Department of Justice has provided some safety guidelines and tips for helping to keep children safe with the increase in online exposure.
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 related to COVID-19. This includes 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.
The EPA Indoor Environments Division is hosting a webinar "Cleaning Schools to Control Viruses and Bacteria: Maintaining Healthy Indoor Learning Environments" on May 7, 2020 from 3:00-4:30 p.m. (Eastern time: 12:00-1:30 p.m. Pacific).
– 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)