COVID-19 Resources

We are using this space to share resources that we hope will help families and teachers to support children and themselves during the COVID-19 crisis.

Available Resources

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Celebrating how school social workers can help students Bounce Back even in virtual settings

We celebrated National School Social Worker week from March 7 - March 13, 2021 as part of Social Work Month. This school year provided unique challenges for school social workers (SSWs) as well as opportunities for innovation ...
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Special educator reflections on distance learning during COVID-19

Special educator reflections on distance learning during COVID-19

Due to COVID-19, educators have been tasked with finding new ways to continue teaching their students virtually with little time to prepare. In particular, since the start of the school closures, federal requirements for (IEP) compliance have changed ...
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Strategies for communicating effectively with students across learning environments

This school year has presented many uncertainties for teachers as they continue to navigate virtual, hybrid, and in-person learning environments. Using clear and positive communication can build trusting and supportive teacher-student relationships, especially with students who experience behavioral challenges. But ...
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How to boost wellness for high school students during distance learning

Spring 2020 school closures left teachers and district officials scrambling to restructure their classrooms with as few disruptions as possible. High school teachers faced the difficult task of trying to preserve their students’ motivation to finish strong and stay on ...
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Parents: Supporting Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic

This new online learning module from the IRIS Center offers tips to support your child’s learning at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Supported by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and located at Vanderbilt University’s ...
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Trinka and Sam Fighting the Big Virus: Trinka, Sam, and Littletown Work Together (NCTSN)

Trinka and Sam Fighting the Big Virus: Trinka, Sam, and Littletown Work Together (NCTSN)

This story from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) helps young children and families talk about their experiences and feelings related to COVID-19 and the need to shelter in place. In the story, the coronavirus has spread to Littletown ...
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NCSMH’s COVID-19 page

The National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH) offers a collection of resources for schools dealing with COVID-19. There are specific planning resources for school administrators and staff, several wellness resources, technology tools to support mental health, and data collection ...
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Educator reflections on distance learning during COVID-19

Educator reflections on distance learning during COVID-19

We spoke with two teachers at the beginning of school closures and again at the end of the school year to learn about their adjustment to distance learning ...
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Coer: Why We Stay Home

Why we stay home

The uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic has upended the daily lives of children across the globe, and parents and caregivers have struggled to explain the changes brought by COVID-19. Two medical students in California wanted to help bridge that gap ...
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5 things educators can do virtually to support students experiencing trauma

5 things educators can do virtually to support students experiencing trauma

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, we adapted strategies from the “Common trauma symptoms in students and helpful strategies for educators” handout to help educators address student’s social-emotional and mental health needs associated with trauma in virtual settings ...
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