School Business Affairs November 2020

publisher’s message 6 NOVEMBER 2020 | SCHOOL BUSINESS AFFAIRS BE WELL Last year, when the ASBO Interna- tional Editorial Advisory Committee chose Wellness as the theme for this issue of SBA, they had no inkling how appropriate it would be. As we continue to navigate these unsettling waters personally and pro- fessionally, it’s important that we tend to our mental and physical wellness and the wellness of those around us. This issue’s lead article, “Food Services in a Pandemic,” focuses on strategies school districts are using to ensure students are fed nutritious meals, whether they are in school or learning virtually. We all know how important fresh air is—especially right now. Don’t miss “Creating Healthier Communities Through Nature” and learn how schools are promoting outdoor activities and learning and putting nature in the curriculum. Did you know some doctors write prescrip- tions instructing patients to spend time in nature? Three articles focus more specifically on physical and mental health. “The Many Facets of Employee Wellness” describes the comprehensive employee wellness program in Arlington, Virginia. In “Take 30: Getting Back to Normal,” you’ll learn how one school business official practices self-care. Are school business officials a healthy bunch? Find out what one study of Illinois SBOs turned up in “Physical Fitness, Health, and SBOs.” One way to retain employees is to help them become stronger financially. Learn how districts can do that in “Financial Wellness—Keys to Retaining Employees.” Even closed schools need to be maintained. “The Importance of Controlled Ventilation” explores the pro- cesses for maintaining good indoor air quality. You’ll also learn much from the Management Briefcase department about working with difficult people, having challenging conversations, and improving workplace relationships. And, the Legal Issues department focuses on another relevant topic: how to avoid lawsuits for inadequate online education. Don’t miss “Virtual Liabili- ties: How to Transform Crisis Online Learning to Robust Online Learning.” A quick thank you to all of you who participated in Envision 2020, ASBO International’s first virtual annual conference. We were so pleased to be able to provide top- notch professional development and opportunities for you all to learn from and network with each other. — Siobhán McMahon, CAE Colophon: During production of this issue, Siobhan took some wellness time of her own on a trip to the Outer Banks in North Carolina, Pat was unsuccessful in keeping the deer away from the prized persimmon tree, and Laura focused on home maintenance. School Business Afairs November 2020 | Volume 86, Number 10 SCHOOL BUSINESS AFFAIRS (ISSN 0036-651X) is the professional journal of the Association of School Business Officials International and is published monthly by the association. Periodical postage paid at Herndon, Virginia, and additional mailing of­fces. Postmaster: Send address corrections to School Business Affairs , 44790 Maynard Square, Suite 200, Ashburn, VA 20147; 703.478.0405 2020 BOARD OF DIRECTORS PRESIDENT — Claire Hertz, CSBA, SFO VICE PRESIDENT — Ed Chabal IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT — Tom Wohlleber, CSRM DIRECTORS Marvin Dereef, Jr., SFO Bill Sutter, SFO Susan Harkin, SFO John Hutchison, CPA, MBA, SFO David Ginsberg Ryan Stechschulte EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR — David J. Lewis PUBLICATIONS POLICY The materials published in each issue represent the ideas, beliefs, or opinions of those who write them and are not necessarily the views or policies of the Association of School Business Officials International. Material that appears in School Business Affairs may not be reproduced in any manner without written permission. EDITORIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE CHAIR — Matthew M. Lentz, MPA, RSBA, PRSBA, SFO VICE CHAIR — Paul Bobek, CPA Brian Brent, Ph.D., CPA Louis J. Pepe, MBA, RSBA, SFO Leslie Peterson, MBA, SFO Cindy Reilmann, CPA, SFO Brenda Burkett, CPA, CSBA, SFO Tamara Mitchell Robert Saul BOARD LIAISON — Ed Chabal EDITORIAL STAFF PUBLICATIONS DIRECTOR — Siobhán McMahon, CAE EDITOR — Patricia George DESIGN — Laura Carter Carter Publishing Studio EDITORIAL OFFICES 44790 Maynard Square, Suite 200, Ashburn, VA 20147 Phone: 703.478.0405 Fax: 703.478.0205 Home Page: Email: ADVERTISING INFORMATION The YGS Group 3650 W. Market St., York, PA 17404 Phone: 717.430.2351 • Fax: 717.825.2171 Laura Gaenzle SUBSCRIPTION RATE S eventy dollars of ASBO members’ annual dues are designated for School Business Affairs subscription. © 2020, ASBO International