COVID-19 Resources

Previous Meetings

  • Recording Date: March 27, 2020
  • Schools across the US are closing to minimize the spread of coronavirus, leaving millions of students without instruction. We don’t have to handle this alone. The independent charter school community is uniquely positioned to innovate, and during this time we can come together and share our experiences and ideas.
  • Recording: Click Here
  • Supplemental Documents: Resource Sheet

  • Recording Date: April 15, 2020
  • As schools transition to distance and virtual learning, we are all learning how to provide support beyond the classrooms walls. Dedicated school leaders from indie charters across the country share how they continue to meet their students’ needs in the virtual classroom.
  • Recording: Click Here
  • Supplemental Documents: Resource Sheet
  • Recording Date: May 1st, 2020
  • Our organization mentions “RESPECT for Teachers” in our statement of principles. We value them. How are we supporting our teaching staff and providing them with everything they need during this time?
  • Recording: Click Here
  • Supplemental Documents: Resource Sheet
  • Recording Date: May 15, 2020
  • CPICS values the voices of the many students our schools serve. Our organization has a student board member. As school leaders we know that we’re adjusting to something new, but our students are as well. Hear from indie charter students across the country.
  • Recording: Click Here
  • Recording Date: June 10, 2020
  • The Covid-19 pandemic has us asking many questions. Join us for the next gathering in our national virtual meeting series as we discuss planning for the 2020-2021 school year. Let us explore various scenarios including the reopening of our facilities and what the new school day looks likes. In light of the current events, we dedicated additional time to discuss how to incorporate equity and social justice when planning for the next school year.
  • Recording: Click Here
  • Supplemental Documents: Click Here

COVID-19 Resources

Planning graduation?
Download Resource PDF

Planning for graduation and end of the year events during the Covid-19 pandemic can be difficult. We've put together a resource page to provide you with some helpful tips and ideas to help celebrate your students and their achievements.

CPICS Film Project
Be Part of the Project

The Coalition of Public Independent Charter Schools is looking to interview leaders, teachers and students from independent charter schools across the country to hear how you are handling Covid-19 at your school. Do you want to be interviewed for this special project? Click below to let us know!

Storytelling with Dorothy
Register Now

Dorothy Bukantz has been a storyteller for almost 50 years, starting in the early 70s at a small elementary school. For the past 25 years, she has been fortunate to live in Queens, NY, the most diverse place in the world, so she has learned stories from all over the world to engage her listeners. Dorothy is taking her storytelling online for an interactive experience. Join Dorothy Monday - Thursday at 10am and 3pm.

Schools with Experience in Online/Distance Learning

Georgia Cyber
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Maria Blencowe
Communications Director
(404) 334-4790 ext. 1104

Inspire Charter
View Website

Kimmi Buzzard
Deputy Executive Director
(562) 584-0427

Village Green Virtual Charter School
View Website

Rob Pilkington
(401) 831-2878

Wolfcreek Online
High School
View Website

Tracy Quarnstrom
(651) 213-2017

Canyon Grove
View Website

Kim Goates

Metro East Web
View Website

David L. Gray, Ph.D.
Executive Director
(503) 258-4790

Support & Assistance

Need assistance? 

CPICS will put you in touch with the appropriate mentors and specialists with years of experience. Please contact Violet Cole at for more information. 

Need help transitioning to distance learning?

For support creating and reviewing distance learning plans for your school, please contact Mark Comanducci at The 305 Education Group at He is specifically helping brick and mortar schools, who don't have an LMS or experience with distance learning, make the transition to online/distance teaching and learning by (1) reviewing their distance learning plans and offering feedback and support to improve them and (2) co-creating online/distance learning plans with schools. 

Need help submitting your SBA PPP loan application?

One of our partner organizations, Lumen Network, will walk you through it for free. Contact Sabrina Bow for information.