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COVID-19 Resources

03 Jan 2020

Studyclerk learns issues related to how schools work with students on issues surrounding COVID-19 and is helping the CDC develop appropriate and effective messages on how to talk to children about coronavirus.

Here are some suggestions and resources to consider as you provide support to your students regarding COVID-19. Before you take any action, consult with your district to discover any guidance or response initiatives it has in place so your actions align with school and district programs. School counselors also should:

  • Encourage parents to limit their children's exposure to the media
  • Provide a calming influence to students as needed
  • Help students address their fears

Centers for Disease Control

Coronavirus Disease 2019  

Interim Guidance for Administrators of US Childcare Programs and K-12 Schools to Plan

Prepare and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019

Guidance for School Settings Before and During an Outbreak

U.S. Department of Education

COVID-19 Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnnel

Protecting Student Privacy


Coping with Stress During an Infectious Disease Outbreak

National School Boards Association

COVID-19: Preparing for Widespread Illness in Your School Community: A Legal Guide for School Leaders

National Education Association

Schools and Coronavirus

National Association of School Psychologists

Talking to Children About COVID-19: A Parent Resource

The College Board

Updates on SAT testing and other college admissions issues AP Testing updates


Update on ACT testing dates

The Common App

Message Regarding the Coronavirus 

National Association of College Admission Counselors

College Admission Status Update

Updates on various dates, exams, etc.

No Kid Hungry

FAQ about Child Nutrition Program options during school closures

Child Mind Institute

Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus

Center for American Progress

How K-12 Schools Should Prepare for Coronavirus

Share My Lesson

Coronavirus Student Guide: Explnations and News Updates


Virtual School Counseling Resources and Ideas

Tech Tools

  • Google is offering free access to G-Suite for Education at no cost through July 1. Learn more about how to use Google to serve students when schools are closed. 
  • Nearpod provides a platform for live lessons.
  • Zoom offers free resources for educators during school closures. 
  • WebEx offers free access to connect with students and colleagues.

School Counseling Resources and Ideas

  • The Association for Career and Technical Education has compiled a list of resources for distance learning as well as free online courses.
  • CASEL has collected a number of resources to assist in addressing students’ social and emotional needs.  
  • Sanford Harmony at National University provides social and emotional learning tools for pre-K–6. 
  • Common Sense has curated a list of tools to assist children with special needs or learning differences that should be helpful to parents during school closures. 
  • NEWSELA offers social/emotional learning lessons students can complete remotely.
  • BrainPOP provides movies with social/emotional learning components that students can watch and respond to. 
  • Because kids are participating in more digital learning, offer a refresher on digital safety, cyberbullying, etc.
  • The New York Times is offering writing prompts, interactive discussions, documentaries and contests (updated every weekday) 
  • Now is a great time to check out Google Expeditions, where you’ll find virtual field trips and AR experiences. 
  • Everfi is offering free digital lessons for remote learning. 
  • The Confident School Counselor provides resources for self-guided learning, webinars and toolkits for a range of topics.
  • Centervention’s game-based behavior interventions help students practice social and emotional skills.
  • The Original Ned Show offers “fun stuff for home,” including printables about responsibility, making good choices, etc. 
  • Seesaw is a remote learning platform, but the home-learning tips for families may be helpful for school counselors to share. 
  • The Special Olympics has an abundance of video content and amazing stories to help keep you inspired and uplifted.
  • Older students may be interested in learning how to journal with Mayo Clinic’s Gratitude Challenge
  • Students may want to tour college campuses here and here since they can’t visit in real life.
  • Inside SEL links to a number of social/emotional learning resources. 
  • In terms of free resources for a variety of learning or enrichment needs, note that for younger students, free streaming is available from Pluto TV and Kanopy, the Metropolitan Opera offers free access to nightly streaming and Scholastic Learn at Home is offering 20 days of free access (up to three hours per day). Additionally, ASCA member Holly Altiero has developed a webpage of education companies offering free subscriptions due to school closings.

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