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
- 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 GenerationUnified.org 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.