COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Resources for teachers. Videos, FAQs and articles keeping educators up-to-date on how the pandemic is affecting schools. 


MSTA has compiled this list of answers to frequently asked questions to help school employees navigate this time. Please understand this a fluid situation that can change by the hour. We will update as things continue to change.

  • Are districts required to pay contracted employees during district closure?
  • Are districts required to pay non-contracted, hourly employees during district closures?
  • Can a district force an employee to change/cancel travel plans?
  • Can a school district require employees to log their travel plans with the district while the district closed?
  • Can a school district require or ask employees to come in and work during a school closure (e.g. provide “child care services” for the community)?
  • Can I benefit from the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program?
  • Do non-contracted employees qualify for unemployment benefits if they are quarantined or the district closes?
  • How does the CARES Act affect me?
  • Q. Are employees required to notify their district if they are feeling symptomatic or test positive for COVID-19?
  • What changes to sick leave were included in the law passed?
  • What changes to sick leave were included in the law passed?
  • What steps are districts required to take to clean/disinfect schools to protect teachers and employees?


MSTA says exempting teachers from quarantine requirements is irresponsible

The result of listing teachers alongside nurses and police officers is that they could be exempt from quarantine recommendations outlined by the CDC and a district could require them to remain in...

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FERPA during COVID-19

As schools continue to release and tweak their back-to-school plans, we re getting a lot of insightful questions. Teachers are thinking about the safety and security of staff, students, and the...

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14 policy modifications to help school districts implement protections and protocols

As school districts across the state finalize plans to return to school in the fall, there are still a number of unanswered questions surrounding how districts plan to operate. MSTA has identified...

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STORIES / JULY 22, 2020

MSTA calls on governor to ensure protection for teachers

The Missouri State Teachers Association is asking Gov. Mike Parson to direct the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations to pass an emergency rule to protect Missouri s teachers.

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STORIES / JULY 15, 2020

COVID-19 Back-to-School Questions

MSTA believes forcing district employees to sign liability waivers for COVID-19 exposure in the workplace is unconscionable and unreasonable. Such clauses between employers and employees are...

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STORIES / JULY 7, 2020

COVID-19 survey results: MSTA members share opinions and concerns about the 2020-21 school year.

In an effort to gather information from our members reflecting on the 2019-20 school year and looking forward to the 2020-21 school year, MSTA sent out the survey with questions about the effect...

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STORIES / JUNE 24, 2020

From Disappointment to Determination

Dear 2020 Seniors, I get it. You worked for nearly two decades to achieve your goal, and then you had the culmination of all of your hard work ripped away from you by an invisible force. No...

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STORIES / MAY 6, 2020

Adapting to COVID-19 School Closures

The COVID-19 pandemic abruptly changed the way educators across the world teach and care for their students. In Missouri, factors like food insecurity and lack of online resources or at-home...

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