NCAA Guidance on Eligibility
The NCAA has released updated guidance for initial-eligibility criteria for graduating high school seniors in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. This guidance is in the form of an FAQ document and addresses questions you may have around:
- core courses,
- pass-fail grades,
- minimum GPA,
- standardized assessment (SAT/ACT) requirements,
- distance and e-Learning programs,
- submission of academic documents, and
- academic evaluations
If you have any questions for the Mississippi Department of Education, please contact Dr. Marla Davis, Bureau Director, Office of Secondary Education at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have immediate questions for the NCAA that were not addressed in this FAQ, please call 877-262-1492 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. CT, Monday through Friday.
Family Survey on Internet and Digital Access
As school closures continue and as the state plans to direct resources to the areas of greatest need, the MDE is preparing a brief set of survey questions for districts to circulate to their families. The questions address families’ ability to connect their children through the internet to digital learning offerings from their school. The questions will focus on devices at home, home internet access, and the quality/reliability of that connection. The MDE will be asking districts to circulate the survey questions through their existing communication channels, and then compile and return their aggregated results to the MDE. These aggregated results by district will be shared with the governor’s office for planning purposes. Watch for the survey questions from MDE by the end of this week.
April 23 Webinar and Free Resources from Edmentum for School Closures
- Live Webinar April 23: The CARES Act and What Educators Need to Know
- Addressing Special Populations, Accountability, Staff Training and More During E-Learning
- Edmentum’s Free Products During School Closures
E-Learning Resource Page: www.edmentum.com/e-learning-days, includes a variety of free webinars, printable resources, templates, e-learning best practices, and more.
Flippen Group Virtual Sessions for Coaches
The Flippen Group, which trained many of us on “Capturing Kids Hearts”, is sponsoring a free six-week, virtual-coaching experience for coaches and their student-athletes. The Flippen Group has designed six sessions (Spring Training with Coach McCoy) to ignite inspiration, maintain team unity, and foster personal growth during these unprecedented times. The training will be conducted every Thursday, at 3 p.m. CT, beginning April 23, 2020 and concluding on May 28, 2020.
Each session will feature nationally recognized collegiate coaches, professional coaches, and athletes who are experts in strength and conditioning, etc. The first guest is NCAA Football National Champion and Coach of the Year recipient, Mack Brown, University of North Carolina. The topic will be, “Staying Disciplined When Normal Changes.” Link to register: https://flippengroup.com/webinar/springtraining
Latest Research from Hanover
District leaders are feeling pressure to determine the right path forward for the next several months – how to manage and engage staff remotely, how to reopen the fall semester, and how to combat summer learning loss – but several unanswered questions remain. Below is a summary of Hanover’s latest research on emerging topics and, as always, we are here to support you with any question you may have.
LATEST RESEARCH & ANALYSIS
- Lessons from the Field: Leadership at a Time of Uncertainty (Interview with Dr. Susan Enfield)
- Summer Learning Loss: Lessons for 2020 – 2021 Academic Planning
- Best Practices in Online Professional Learning
- COVID-19 Resource Center
- Crisis Management FAQs
HOW HANOVER CAN HELP
- New Educator Learning Center – Hanover’s new online professional learning platform equips districts with sustained and interactive professional learning for remote teachers. Our current course material includes four priority areas – social-emotional learning, culturally-responsive teaching, instruction design, and multi-tiered systems of support.
- Climate Pulse Survey – Our research staff has developed a survey instrument that enables district leaders to assess their services and support on a regular basis so they can adjust what they are doing to meet their stakeholders’ needs.
- Request Best Practices – As a member, you can request research on any topic. Hanover will present this information in briefs, toolkits, or infographics for distribution to different stakeholder groups. Recent requests include Financial Recovery Research Brief, Online Equity Best Practices, Tier 2 and 3 Virtual Learning.
UPCOMING DISCUSSION GROUPS
- Weekly Superintendents Leadership Council – Hanover hosts a weekly virtual forum every Thursday evening at 8pm ET, to provide an opportunity for superintendents and district leaders to gather, ask questions, and share solutions. This week’s session will be run in collaboration with the Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA), the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), and the Michigan Association of School Administrators (MASA). Register here to learn how your peers are navigating change.
- Operations Leadership Council – We will host a quarterly virtual forum on “District Management in the Face of Enrollment Shifts” today, (4/22) at 1:30pm ET with heads of finance and operations. There is still time – register here to join the conversation.
I also write to share the following SPPO resources regarding FERPA during this time of social distancing due to the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) as educational agencies and institutions have transitioned to remote learning to educate their students:
- FERPA and Virtual Learning During COVID-19 (https://studentprivacy.ed.gov/resources/ferpa-and-virtual-learning-during-covid-19), identifying requirements and best practices for 10 common scenarios under FERPA;
- FERPA and Virtual Learning Related Resources (https://studentprivacy.ed.gov/resources/ferpa-and-virtual-learning); and
- FERPA and the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) FAQs(https://studentprivacy.ed.gov/resources/ferpa-and-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19),primarily focusing on the health or safety emergency exception to the general written consent requirement under FERPA.
Finally, FERPA-covered educational agencies and institutions and PPRA-covered LEAs may wish to review and, if appropriate, revise their policies and procedures, and their notifications under FERPA and PPRA to provide parents and students with information about any revisions necessitated by changes to their operations during this period.
Specifically, FERPA-covered educational agencies and institutions should review and, if appropriate, revise: (1) the criteria specified in their annual notification of FERPA rights (in accordance with 34 CFR § 99.7(a)(3)(iii)) as to who constitutes a school official and what constitutes a legitimate educational interest in order to permit the non-consensual disclosure of personally identifiable information from education records to school officials who have been determined to have legitimate educational interests under the school official exception (i.e., 34 CFR § 99.31(a)(1)); and, (2) their directory information policies under FERPA (i.e., 34 CFR §§ 99.31(a)(11) and 99.37(a)). Both the directory information and school official exceptions to the general requirement of consent under FERPA are particularly important during this time of remote learning. LEAs most commonly use the school official exception to permit disclosures under FERPA for the use of video or other technology applications and tools. Provided certain conditions are met, the directory information exception permits disclosure of information contained in a student’s education records that would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed, such as the student’s name, address, phone number, photo image, and email address, including in connection with remote learning.
SPPO encourages LEAs to post on their websites their FERPA and PPRA notifications and policies to improve the transparency of information on student privacy. See https://studentprivacy.ed.gov/lea-website-privacy-review. If your educational institutions are conducting remote learning for your students, we also encourage you to work with your attorneys and information security specialists to review prospective technology applications and tools against FERPA requirements.
We are available to assist you with your student privacy questions about FERPA and PPRA. You may contact us by submitting your questions to our student privacy help desk at FERPA@ed.gov.
Do You Have Questions for MDE?
Please check the MDE COVID-19 Information webpage before emailing your questions to MDE staff. The answers to most of the questions we receive are addressed on the webpage. We also regularly add guidance, answers to new questions and links to our daily update email on this webpage. Daily updates are posted in the Administrator News section of the EdUpdate.