NYSAIS-Now is the site for online professional development and school improvement resources. Designed specifically for independent school leaders, NYSAIS-Now provides timely and valuable information to busy professionals within our association and beyond. Content covers a broad range of themes and topics with leadership and governance of independent schools as a particular focus. NYSAIS-Now features: 



back to top

Full NYSAIS-Now Calendar

Life with or after COVID-19: How will we approach schooling in the fall?

Date: Wednesday - May 13, 2020
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Location: eSeminar

Online via zoom, led by Tom Kelly, Horace Mann School

Target Audience: Heads of School, Division Heads, Directors of Facilities, CFOs, and Directors of IT


One thing is for sure, COVID-19 will have an effect on when and how we return to school in the fall. In fact, it's the one unfortunate reality that will unite all schools, public or independent, secular or nonsecular, day or boarding, N-12 in most parts of the United States, if not the world.

This presentation is intended to provide Heads of School with an appreciation for, and working knowledge of, the steps necessary to ensure a safe opening of school in the fall, whether initially on line or in classrooms.  Participants will hear and discuss how to accommodate continued calls for social distancing and the changes required in the areas of

  1. bussing
  2. food service 
  3. cleaning 
  4. class and whole schedule management 
  5. co-curricular and athletic offerings 
  6. arrival and dismissal 
  7. teaching practices
  8. security
  9. ongoing use of technology
Practical solutions for each of the areas will be covered, ranging from "no cost" to the possible rethinking of school budget expenditures for next year.  Above and beyond the workforce and workplace issues addressed, participants will also hear about procedures for monitoring and maintaining the health and wellness of employees and students.
The presentation will be guided by best practices in dealing with COVID-19 and other contagions in schools and children's hospitals, both in the US and beyond.

Dr. Thomas M Kelly is completing his 15th year as the Head at Horace Mann School, where he also teaches courses in psychology and ethics in the Upper Division.  Prior to Horace Mann School, Dr. Kelly served as a Director of Special Education, High School Principal and Superintendent in an array of public school settings.  Before transitioning full time to education, Dr. Kelly was the Director of children's psychiatric hospital in New York State and has hand on experience with managing contagions in both school and residential settings. As a former member of NYSAIS' accreditation commission and a visiting chair of several accrediting teams, Dr. Kelly has a deep understanding of and appreciation for how our schools work.

NYSAIS member schools - $25.00

Non-members - $50.00

Register here

Registration closes 1 hour before the start of the event.

Be sure to enter all attendee email addresses correctly.

The Zoom link for this eSeminar will be sent in the confirmation email after you finish the registration process. Please do not consider yourself officially registered until you receive the email.

This eSeminar will be recorded and, depending on privacy and quality concerns, may be provided to registrants after the presentation.

<< Back
© 2013 NYSAIS

site map   |   privacy policy
contact us
17 Elk Street (First Floor)
Albany, NY 12207
Tel: 518-694-5500
Fax: 518-694-5501

© 2013 New York State Association of Independent Schools

site map   |   privacy policy   |   contact us
17 Elk Street (First Floor)     Albany, NY 12207     Tel: 518-694-5500     Fax: 518-694-5501

powered by finalsite