NAIS is conducting surveys about the effects of COVID-19 on schools. This week, learn what schools are facing regarding tuition plans, financial aid, and summer camps.
Each week, NAIS will share key questions for heads to think about right now. This week, learn how to foster conversations about planning for the future in uncertain times.
NAIS has launched a new site to harness the spirit of collaboration and gather resources in one place. Schools can share strategies and samples as they evolve practices.
NAIS is updating this page daily to reflect new developments, answer questions, and provide examples of practices and policies.
A Recipe for Thriving in Uncertain Times
NAIS President Donna Orem writes, "the reality is that we probably still are at the beginning of this crisis and have many decisions to make along the way that can influence how we come out on the other side."
New Online Learning Course: NAIS Financial Modeling for Scenario Planning
This beta online course, which is free for NAIS members, offers scenarios and modeling tools to develop financial forecasts that will help your school be better prepared to navigate the turbulent times ahead.
Education Unknown: A Guide to Scenario Planning for Independent Schools in the Age of COVID-19
NAIS members can use this guide to envision four possible realities for independent schools and the likely impacts of each. It also provides a framework to help your leadership team and board explore these four scenarios in your own school’s context.
Crisis Communications: 10 Tips for Communicating During COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic poses many challenges for independent schools, but it also provides opportunities to build community and strengthen support for the school. Follow these 10 tips to communicate effectively during the crisis:
COVID-19 Considerations: Reopening Your School Campus
It’s a question on everyone’s mind: When the time comes, how can schools reopen their campuses with a focus on health and safety for students, employees, and the greater community? Though the answer will depend on many factors, this resource provides information to help schools develop their reopening plan with an overview of current guidance, legal framework, and risk mitigation strategies.
COVID-19 Considerations: Independent Schools and the PPP Loan Application Decision
As schools navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, many have applied for Paycheck Protection Program loans. Each school’s situation is unique, so leaders must conduct careful analyses of needs and available assets.
Member Voices Podcast: Lessons Learned in Crisis Management
Liz Morrison, head of Antilles School (Virgin Islands), discusses what it's been like managing two crises—a hurricane and the current COVID-19 pandemic—at her school in a short amount of time.
Trustee Table Podcast: COVID-19 Board Guidelines from Richard Chait
The governance expert and author highlights how boards can govern effectively during crises, the importance of the head/board partnership, and practical ways boards can work more generatively.
Equitable Grading in a Challenging Time
Families expect that their children will be successful in school, and the grades students earn are the most concrete expression of a student’s academic achievement and a school’s effectiveness in educating them. How do we award grades with integrity during a global pandemic––and how can we ensure that we maintain equity in the process?
Looking Ahead: Student Health & Well-Being During and After COVID-19
How can school leaders be aware of all the key areas of student health and well-being and put in place policies and tools to support students during and after the COVID-19 crisis?
Planning a Strategic Financial Response to COVID-19 Fallout
In a crisis, leadership and flexibility are required. Here are strategic considerations and priorities for heads and boards to help their schools survive, sustain, and thrive during COVID-19 pandemic and its fallout.
NAIS Toolkit: Mergers, Acquisitions, and Other Affiliations
Mergers and acquisitions can offer paths to financial, demographic, and programmatic sustainability for schools needing to reposition themselves or those considering strategic expansion.
Evolving education in the time of COVID-19
Grandview Preparatory School (FL) shared its re-entry strategy that allows for flexibility, transparency, and prioritizes the health and safety of its community.
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