In this unprecedented time of COVID-19, school leaders are being called upon to perform the heroic task of reinventing the way they provide education- while they are providing it. We are all readjusting to a new normal of distance and online learning. How this will change the way we run our schools in the future remains to be seen. However, in their role as visionaries and protectors of school missions, Boards need to be working NOW to plan for the future. Board members are likely in the middle of supporting Heads in making significant decisions regarding your school’s response to COVID-19 including the types and timing of communication with your constituents, school closures and planned opening, distance and online learning, etc. In addition, school leaders are evaluating the current and future financial impact of this pandemic. Nonetheless, Boards should quickly move away from responding to current issues and turn their attention to planning for the future.
How Boards react and respond now will have a tremendous impact on both how their school weathers this current COVID-19 storm and also how they will emerge following the storm. Here are four recommendations for conversations Boards can be holding now:
We are all in uncharted territory. And our leaders are being asked to step up in remarkable ways. Boards, in particular, have a responsibility to react and respond professionally, proactively, and carefully.