The United States is in the midst of responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China, and which has now been detected in countries around the world. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2,” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”). Health officials are currently taking steps to prevent the introduction and spread of COVID-19 into communities across the United States. Schools can play an important role in this effort.
Centers for Disease Control (CDC): Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
This webpage provides the latest information and resources on coronavirus from the CDC. Resources include:
Children's Bureau COVID-19 Resources
This webpage has been set up to help child welfare professionals and families respond to COVID-19.
U.S. Department of Education (US ED): COVID-19 ("Coronavirus") Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel
This US ED webpage provides updated resources for elementary and secondary schools, and institutions of higher education, to help inform their coronavirus response efforts. Resources include:
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA): COVID-19 ("Coronavirus") Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel
This USDA webpage provides updated resources for the general public, schools, and other public systems to help inform their coronavirus response efforts. Resources include:
U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH): COVID-19
This USICH webpage draws from guidance from Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations for homelessness services systems, schools, and other community partners about how to protect their staff, clients, and guests. Recommendations fall into three groups: Plan, Act, and Follow-Up. Resources include:
National Association of School Nurses (NASN): Coronavirus Disease 2019 Resources
This NASN webpage provides useful coronavirus resources for school nurses and the broader school community, including:
Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope With the Coronavirus Disease 2019
This factsheet from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network provides parents and caregivers with information about understanding and responding to infectious disease outbreaks in their community. This factsheet will help parents and caregivers think about how an infectious disease outbreak might affect their family— both physically and emotionally—and what they can do to help their family cope. Knowing important information about the outbreak and learning how to be prepared can reduce stress and help calm likely anxieties.
Download the Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with the Coronavirus Disease 2019. (available in English, Chinese, and Spanish)