When should boards and committees meet during Covid-19?
Just as in ordinary times, there is no “right” number of times the board should meet. Meeting frequency should be based on how much the board needs to accomplish. Make sure that your board is taking the time to react to what is happening, having the discussions it needs , and is carefully considering the decisions that need to be made.
It’s the same for committees. Committees needs to react to the work load they are given. It is not unusual during a crisis for the board to take a closer look at items that have been generally taken up in committee meetings (programs or finance as an example) but, if the board is looking for recommendations or needs more research, then the committee activity may need to ramp up. Remember, form always follows function and you should have the ability to react quickly instead of creating hard and fast rules for meeting frequency.