In an effort to help keep our members informed, safe, and healthy, we have gathered several resources here for your reference. We are including some of our partners’ and sponsors’ resources to give you a wide range of information. If you have more resources you would like posted, here, please contact us.
The CITE Board and staff are closely watching the developments and will be updating this page daily.
Status of CITE meetings and Events:
- Lead 3.0 has been cancelled. All those registered will receive full refunds.
- CTO Mentor April class has been moved to August.
- Regional Group meetings are being postponed or changed to virtual meetings. Please check with your regional group chair for information.
- As of now, the 2020 Conference will take place as planned.
To further assist our members, we are scheduling daily online meetings to help communications. Please join us if you have information or if you have questions you need answered.
Access Meeting Notes Here
Meeting Schedule: click the link to join, no need to sign up.
- Monday, March 16, 2020 - 4pm-4:30pm Meeting Notes
- Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - 12:30pm-1pm Meeting Notes
- Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 8am-8:30am Meeting Notes
- Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 10am-10:30am Meeting Notes
- Friday, March 20, 2020 - 11am-11:30am Meeting Notes or Watch Recorded Meeting Here
Get the Latest information from the Fagen, Friedman & Fulfrost (F3) legal team here: https://www.f3law.com/covid
- ISP Resources
- FCC agreement - stating that providers will waive late fees, not cutoff service for lack of payment, and open hot-spots
- ISP News:ISPs Raise Speeds & Suspend Data Caps in Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic
- CDE - ISP Offerings
- AT&T COVID-19 response: offers open hot-spots, unlimited data to existing customers, and $10/month plans to low income families
- Verizon COVID-19 response: no special offers, but following the FCC agreement.
- Sprint COVID-19 response: follows FCC agreement, provides unlimited data to existing customers, and, starting Tuesday, 3/17/2020, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge (I expect others will follow).
- T-Mobile COVID-19 response: follows FCC agreement, plus unlimited data to existing customers, and, coming soon, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge
- Distance Learning
- Vendor & Partner Resources
- Please Note: Vendors listed below are offering free resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. Even in these extreme circumstances, please be sure to follow the standard student privacy protocol if possible to protect student data and avoid data being
compromised or sold in the future..
- Palo Alto
- GlobalProtect has been and always will be free for Windows and macOS users, extend your current security posture easily to those remote users with what you own today.
- The subscription to GlobalProtect's advanced features can be enabled for 90 days for a free trial. If you need it extended please contact your sales team.
- Prisma Access (formerly known as GlobalProtect Cloud Service) is our globally distributed cloud service that can automatically scale for your remote staff, students, and teachers. It offers the same security functionality as our next-generation firewalls, but without the need to deploy new infrastructure. No bandwidth caps on your users either.
- Hayes - Streamline Your Districts 1:1 Program
- HP Virtual Learning Resources
- AWS COVID-19 Resources
- Lenovo - LanSchool Air
- Offering out of school filtering for Chromebooks, parent dashboard to manage screen time, anti-theft and device tracking, and classroom management with audio-video capabilities
- Preparing CIPA-Compliant Take-Home Devices Webinar Archive (iBoss)
- Go Guardian
- If you’re not a current GoGuardian customer, we’re offering free, full-functional access to GoGuardian’s entire suite of tools through the end of the school year. This includes at-home web filtering, classroom management, device management, and student safety tools to support you as you transition to remote learning. New users can deploy in as little as 15 minutes.
- Current GoGuardian customers can receive free access to additional tools, and we’re happy to expand license counts temporarily as needed.
- Remote Learning Resources
- Offering K-12 school districts free access to its platform until May 31, 2020, with training and support included.
- Check Point - Security for Remote Employees
- Offering mobile and endpoint security as well as Remote Access VPN for staff and students. Because VPN use is increasing and putting a strain on current infrastructure they can either offer temporary appliances or our firewall software that can be used on any server.
- Emergency Chat Room: (you can include anyone in one secure online chat area). District staff would be alerted via text, email, or app alert when it is initiated.
- Web-based ICS (Incident Command Center): This has job descriptions, checklists, chatrooms, emergency procedure manuals and more. When it is initiated, everyone on the ICS team is alerted via email, text, and app alert.
- Cyberschool provides websites and is a communication platform. Cyberschool connect allows the District to communicate with parents via email, SMS, and automated phone call. Cyberschool is available at no charge for 90 days and 1,000 SMS messages
to assist Districts in communicating their COVID-19 updates.
- Frontline Education
- ViewSonic Distance Learning Resources
- Nic Partners
- Deleao Education
- Free access for the duration of COVID-19 school closures
- Legal & Policy Resources
- Well-Being & Staff Resources
Recent News & Updates
From CAG, 3/23/20 - The U.S. Department of Education has issued guidance (here) on serving children with disabilities during the COVID-19 crisis. The guidance is perhaps the clearest we have received so far. For example, it states:
"Some educators ... have been reluctant to provide any distance instruction because they believe that federal disability law presents insurmountable barriers to remote education. This is simply not true. We remind schools that they should not opt to close or decline to provide distance instruction, at the expense of students, to address matters pertaining to services for students with disabilities."
The guidance notes that students with disabilities still must be provided a free and appropriate public education (FAPE), and suggests this may require educators to look at an individual student's IEP to determine what services might be provided. But the tone of the guidance is clear – this is an unprecedented situation, and some flexibility (including with special education law timelines) will be needed as educators, parents and stakeholders collaborate to find creative ways to continue to serve students with special needs.
We encourage you to review this guidance and let us know your questions or comments. We will continue to provide updates as we receive more information.
K-12 HSN E-Rate Newsflash - FCC Response to Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019
Today the FCC waived the gift rules governing the E-rate and Rural Health Care programs until September 30. https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DOC-363137A1.pdf
- ISTE Webinar - View Webinar Slides Here
The ISTE Technology Coordinator's PLN is providing a webinar/discussion about K12 Schools and COVID-19. Please join Technology Coordinator PLN Leaders' Chris Walsh, Chief Information Officer Campbell County Schools, and Patricia Aigner, Technology Director Rutland City Schools, along with Rushton Hurley, Next Vista for Learning, to discuss communication, teacher collaboration, instructional continuity, technical considerations and equity as our schools navigate the COVID-19 virus.
When: Mar 18, 2020 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: K12 Schools Preparation and Response to COVID-19
Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) Blog Post on Internet Access During COVID-19
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