Coronavirus: Resources, Support and Updates



Your union is working to protect you and keep you informed.

Missouri NEA’s top priority is the health and safety of our members, staff and students we serve. The issues surrounding COVID-19 have changed and challenged our lives both personally and professionally, leaving the next several months posing ongoing uncertainty and fear with our members and those they hold dear. As the pandemic affects you, we are here to support you, and provide ongoing communication and resources as we all work through this crisis. If you have specific questions or need general information, send your questions to coronavirus@mnea.org. 


Missouri NEA is coordinating bipartisan action at the state level to protect members, their families and students:

  • Ensuring students, teachers and school personnel can count on their schools to receive full funding during extended closures
  • Minimizing disruption for all staff by continuing pay and benefits
  • Calling for employees of Missouri’s colleges and universities to continue to receive pay and benefits
  • Waiving testing requirements in Missouri (Due in part to our efforts, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education announced this decision last night.)
  • Adjusting student-teacher requirements to allow them to complete their programs
  • Working to pass legislation to allow maximum flexibility for local districts and colleges to address this crisis

NEA is protecting our members, students and families at the national level:

  • Fighting successfully for passage of The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, securing free COVID-19 testing, paid emergency sick leave, and food security initiatives both in and outside of schools
  • Communicating with Congress and the U.S. Department of Education to secure greater flexibility for local districts to support students and educators
  • Providing emergency food assistance to children and families
  • Pushing for federal recovery funds to support local educators, families and students




The Latest

MNEA COVID-19 Updates:
A summary of Federal and Missouri Guidance on COVID-19 relief, response and next steps.

NEA FAQs and Updates:
Keeping members apprised of the actions NEA is taking to help with the federal relief act and response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 Resources and Updates:
Information from DESE and other miscellaneous sources.





Messages from MNEA Pres. Phil Murray

 

MNEA Pres. Phil Murray addresses members (3/26)
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MNEA Pres. Phil Murray talks with KCTV5 about reaching, teaching and feeding students as Missouri shelters-in-place during COVID-19 pandemic (4/23)
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Webinars and Online Training


Conversations with State Chiefs:
Supporting Student Growth Amid School Closures


Student growth can mean so many things—academic achievement, social development, emotional maturation, commitment to community, and service, among other topics. Amid school closures and distance learning, what can states, districts, and schools do to support student growth? Join Superintendent Clayton Burch of West Virginia, Superintendent Joy Hofmeister of Oklahoma, Secretary Pedro Rivera of Pennsylvania, Commissioner Margie Vandeven of Missouri, and Dr. Javaid Siddiqi, President & CEO of The Hunt Institute as they discuss this topic and more.

Thurs., May 21 at 12:00 p.m. CDT
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Tele-Town Hall for Educators, Parents and Community Members


We Rise Together
Collective Action to Help Our Public Schools, Students, and Communities Recover from COVID-19

Thurs., May 14 at 6 p.m. CDT
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How to Access & Integrate Pure Edge Materials to Teach Online

During this 45-minute webinar, we will share how to access our free resources to improve student focus and tips on how to best integrate strategies for mindful movement and rest for virtual teaching and learning.

 Fri., May 22 at 11 am CDT
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Heart, Mind & Body: Providing Equitable Access for Student Support via Tele-Services
Featuring a panel of Student Support Services experts: Chandrai Jackson-Saunders, NASP School Psychologist of the Year 2020; Joseph Batiano, RI School Counselor of the Year 2018; and Rachel Webb, School Social Worker, Sacramento City USD; facilitated by Chi Kim.
These incredible educators will engage in an important discussion regarding student support services and providing equitable access via tele-service. Learn some of their thoughtful techniques used to provide student support services during this time of physical distancing. They will also share some of the roses and thorns that virtual school has posed as well as share what they foresee as critical needs as schools plan to re-open in the fall.

Fri., May 15 at 11 a.m. CDT
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Call to Action 

National Call to Action
Demand that Congress Take Additional Action

Featuring: Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and U.S. Rep. Rosa Del auro (CT), Chair of the Education Funding Subcommittee
It's not an understatement to say the fallout from the coronavirus could be the biggest challenge
we've ever had to face as educators, parents, and advocates of public education. But we have a
plan and we need your help to meet this challenge.

Wed., May 6 at 6-7 p.m. CDT
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CARES ACT 
COVID-19/CARES Act
Student Loan Debt Update

Presenter: Darby Boyd, Affiliate Relations Specialist, NEA Member Benefits Corporation
Since this extraordinary crisis began, we imagine thousands of borrowers are confused and anxious about their student loan payments. On March 27, the CARES Act was signed into law. The $2 trillion stimulus package includes some relief for people with federally held student loans. NEA Member Benefits will help you understand the recent changes.

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Free Retirement Planning for MNEA members 
These are unsure times. Don't take the leap into retirement without the proper planning. Attend one or all of the free MNEA-endorsed retirement planning sessions before you commit. More Information >

PSRS/PEERS, Reliant Financial Retirement Planning
Questions to ask as you plan for retirement
Mon., May 4 at 4-5 p.m.
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Thurs., May 7 at 7 p.m. Register >
          

Horace Mann Retirement Planning

Supplemental Insurance Made Easy
Wed., May 6 at 3:30 p.m.
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Retirement Planning & Understanding Investment Options
Wed., May 13 at 3:30 p.m.
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What About Your Students? Supporting Student Well-Being and Resilience with Trauma-Informed Care
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Tools and resources shared on the webinar include:



Rights to Sick and Family Leave  

Presenters: NEA’s Office of General Counsel
Informative webinar about your rights to new paid sick and family leave benefits under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. We’ll also discuss expanded benefits under unemployment insurance programs for workers who have had their hours reduced or have lost employment due to the pandemic.

Thurs., April 30 at 6 p.m. CDT
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ESPs and the COVID Crisis: The Next Response
Monday, April 27 at 6-7:15 CDT

While we grapple with the current crisis, we need to think about what's next. What will the school year look like this fall? What can we do now to prepare as the crisis continues? Join us as we share strategies through legislative action, member advocacy, organizing, and professional development so we can ensure ESPs are there next year to help schools re-open.
           

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 Institute of Education Sciences:
COVID-19 Evidence-Based Resources


What About You? Strategies for Supporting Educator Resilience and Trauma-Informed Self-Care
 
Learn strategies for supporting educator resilience and trauma-informed self-care with this webinar from NEA, the Center on Great Teachers & Leaders at the American Institute for Research, and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

Teachers and principals across the country are surprising students, parents and their communities with innovative practices and thoughtful solutions to the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis. In the face of this collective trauma, educators are standing up to the disruptions and navigating this new terrain. They are taking care of themselves and their families while maintaining connections with students and colleagues.

Presenters:  
Louise Smith, NBCT, Band Director &Teacher Leadership Institute State Coach in Pascagoula-Gautier, Mississippi  

José Luis Vilson, NBCT, Math Teacher, Executive Director, EduColor, New York, New York  

Kathleen Guarino, Senior Technical Assistance Consultant for Trauma-Informed Care at AIR  

Lisa Lachlan, Ed.D., Director of Strategic Partnerships, Center on Great Teachers and Leaders at AIR 


Watch Now >
Micro-credentals

NEA: Micro-Credential Virtual Professional Learning Communities  
Register by April 30.
PLCs begin in early May and end late June.
Horace Mann 
Horace Mann Wednesday Webinars
Topics include student loan forgiveness, DonorsChoose funding, retirement planning and more.


NBPTS COVID-19 Webinars:
Topics includes tips on engaging students virtually, tools, virtual lesson plans, and cyber security

 CARES Act
CARES Act: Relief for Student Loan Borrowers
Presenter: NEA Government Relations and Office of General Counsel

Educators have been burdened by student debt for far too long, and the COVID-19 pandemic risks making that debt even more burdensome.

Recently, Congress enacted the CARES Act, a COVID-19 relief law that includes big changes to federal student loans starting this Friday, April 10, 2020.

These changes include a suspension of interest and payments for borrowers who have federal student loans from April 10, 2020 to September 30, 2020.
          
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NEA: CARES Act FAQ: Student Loan Provisions (pdf)  


Distance Learning and the Coronavirus
Presenter: Vincenzo Iuppa, MNEA Attorney

Many educators are being asked to continue their instruction using online services. Providing instruction in this way creates a variety of potential legal issues that this presentation is designed to address. The presentation will address FERPA and confidentiality issues, questions about using personal devices, and ways to protect yourself while also educating students. We will also touch on some of the new types of protected leave provided under the various coronavirus bills.

Watch Now > 

More on-demand MNEA trainings > 

Technology, Social Media and Your Job

Rights of Education Support Professionals

Rights of Certificated Educators

Data Breaches, District Technology and Legal Updates as of March 24, 2020

Mandatory Reporting of Suspected Abuse or Neglect  

Faith and Public Schools

Limits on First Amendment Rights of Educators 
 

Take Control of Evaluations

Book Clubs in Action

How to Make that Difficult Parent Phone Call

 



Self-Care Support for Educators

 
What About You? Strategies for Supporting Educator Resilience and Trauma-Informed Self-Care
 
Learn strategies for supporting educator resilience and trauma-informed self-care with this webinar from NEA, the Center on Great Teachers & Leaders at the American Institute for Research, and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
Thursday, April 23 
12:30-2 p.m. CDT
Register Now > 
Facebook Group
NEA Educators Navigating COVID-19 Together


This group offers a places for educators to get strategies for dealing with the stressors of the COVID-19 changes to work, home and school life. Post funny memes, get ideas to decompress and read stories from your peers.

Join Group >
 Self-Care Survey Self-Care Survey  

Take this quick 2-minute survey to let us know how you practice self-care to help keep your mind, body and spirit relaxed, rejuvenated and healthy.


Thank you to all who completed the survey. Watch for an article in the summer issue of Something Better highlighting your responses. 




Members in Action


Share your stories with MNEA

Even though we are not at school supporting Missouri students, members continue to help every day during this crisis. MNEA wants to share your stories as we struggle through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are hearing about members who are continuing to care for their students by

•  volunteering at school district Grab & Go meal distribution centers and food drives
•  providing child care for essential medical staff
•  shopping for the elderly so they don’t have to leave the safety of their homes

Your stories help show that educators don’t stop caring. Please send your stories with pictures to MNEA at
coronavirus@mnea.org,  so we can share them. You can post to social media, making sure you tag @MissouriNEA and use the hashtags #MNEAheroes and #MNEAprotects.


MO TOYs 

A message from the
Missouri Teachers of the Year
School Buildings May Be Closed But Our Hearts are Open
Carmen Hill

NEAToday: NEA St. Louis School Nurse Checks in on 600 Students  
West Plains Bus Meal Delivery

FB: West Plains School Bus Grab & Go Meals 


NPR: School from home has extra challenges for kids with special needs (4/1)
features Special District NEA Pres. Monica Jefferson


FB:
Independence School District parade 
 SDNEA Pearline

FB: Special District NEA meal delivery




Special Education Resources

USDOE: Q & A for providing services to special needs students during COVD-19 School Closures (4/1)


DESE: IEP Implementation Plan Form  (4/1)

 The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education advises school districts to document services to special education students so that they can demonstrate a good faith effort to provide services during the school shut down. To that end, DESE developed a form to ease the documentation and Missouri NEA made it fillable for teachers to document services to students with an IEP or 504 plan. Please send feedback on the form to Ann.Jarrett@mnea.org.

           
 SPED Apps from Edutopia Edutopia: Apps for students with special needs help bridge the divide during school closures 





Stay-At-Home Resources for Virtual Classrooms

 COVID-19 Grants COVID-19 RESPONSE GRANTS
 
In response to educators’ immediate and emerging needs, the NEA Foundation is offering three new grant opportunities to address the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on teaching and learning. Find our more at https://bit.ly/2zqKgS9
 Pinterest

NEW MNEA PINTEREST BOARDS

Missouri NEA Pinterest is growing with new ideas on keeping the learning going as Missourians shelter in place in efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Find our new boards at www.pinterest.com/missourinea. These are our new boards:

Tips for Teaching Online
Pre K-12 Learning in Place
Pre-K & Kindergarten Learning in Place
Grades 1-2 Learning in Place
Grades 3-5 Learning in Place
Grades 6-8 Learning in Place
Grades 9-12 Learning in Place
Video Learning at Home

If you have found resources you recommend, please send them to MNEA Communications Director Debra Beckman at debra.beckman@mnea.org.   



Education Policy and Practice 
NEA EPP: Digital Learning & COVID-19 

 
Online Learning Resources 
NEAToday: Resources for Online Learning During School Closures




Practice Prevention and Links to the Experts

     
Schools and Coronavirus: What You Should Know
 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services
     
Nation Association of School Nurses  World Health Organization United States Department of Labor - OSHA 




MNEA Cancellations

 


MNEA offices will be open to STAFF ONLY after 5 p.m. March 20


School Board Elections have been postponed to June 2


Deadline to apply for absentee ballot is now May 20 by mail or June 1 in person.

ESP & Aspiring Educators Conference - Sat., April 4

MNEA Capitol Action Days - March 18-May 6

MNEA-Retired Annual Meeting and Luncheon - April 24

Spring RA at Margarita Lake Resort in Osage Beach - April 25-26
Now a Virtual RA on April 25

Beginning Teacher Assistance Program - April 24

NEA RA will be virtual. No in-person RA in Atlanta this year.

MNEA Summer Leadership in June will be virtual. Stay tuned for more information.




More Information

From DESE From PSRS-PEERS   
   




Stay-At-Home Member Benefits

Office Depot Max 

Office Depot & OfficeMax

  • Up to 75 percent off items purchased online or in store
  • Discount on printing and copying services
  • Free next day shipping on orders over $50
  • Family members are also eligible to participate
More information >

 

My Deals
Download the MyDeals app
Use 9461-Your NEA ID number to log in.
Apple | Android

Grocery, Food & Online Delivery
*Grub Hub
*Fresh Direct
*Papa Johns

Health & Wellness
*Vitamin World
*1-800-Pet Meds
*Weight Watchers

Home Cleaning & Auto Care
*Pep Boys
*Goodyear
*Merry Maids 
 
Home & Office
*Dell
*CVS Pharmacy
*123 Ink Jet

Entertainment & Education
*Roku
*Game Fly
*Highlights for Children
*ABC Mouse

Pet Food
*Chewy.com
 
My Deals
 Six Flags

Six Flags Discounts
For when we are not quarantined anymore!
Valid usage dates 3/18/2020 – 1/1/2021

  • One-Day Admission Ticket - $43.99 + tax
  • 2020 Season Passes (includes parking pass)
    • Individual - $49.99 + tax
    • Family Pack (4 passes) - $199.96 + tax
Purchase Tickets Now >
Use the following login credentials:
Name: MNEA
Password: SixFlags8




HOPE Fund

Contribution Form | Request for Assistance

Through its Humanitarian Outreach Project for Education Fund, Missouri NEA assists members, students and schools.

The HOPE Fund is designed to provide relief to victims of natural disasters; relief to the poor, distressed or underprivileged; and research and implementation of projects that address critical needs in education.

The HOPE fund also provides financial assistance for educational-related supplies to schools that have been damaged or destroyed by fire or natural disaster.

Requests for assistance should be made by a current Missouri NEA member and directed to MNEA President by completing the application form.

The HOPE Fund accepts charitable contributions. You may designate your contribution for a special cause or in honor/memory of a loved one. Missouri NEA will send a notice of the contribution to the recipient(s) indicated on the contribution form. You can either choose to contribute online with a credit card or download a mail-in form (pdf). Contributions are tax deductible. 




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COVID-19

Resources & Updates
Get the latest information at www.mnea.org/coronavirus.


Share your story

Even though we are not at school supporting Missouri students, members continue to help every day during this crisis. MNEA wants to share your stories as we struggle through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are hearing about members who are continuing to care for their students by

  • volunteering at school district Grab & Go meal distribution centers and food drives
  • providing child care for essential medical staff
  • shopping for the elderly so they don’t have to leave the safety of their homes

Your stories help show that educators don’t stop caring. Please send your stories with pictures to MNEA at coronavirus@mnea.org, so we can share them. You can post to social media, making sure you tag @MissouriNEA and use the hashtags  #MNEAheroes and  #MNEAprotects.