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COVID-19 Resources
(Updated April 6, 2020) ASCA is working with the Centers for Disease Control on 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

SAMHSA
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Resources During COVID-19

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 College Admissions
AP Testing Updates
The College Board recognizes the digital divide could prevent some low-income and rural students from participating in online AP education. Working with partners, the College Board can help these students have the tools and connectivity they need to review AP content online and take the exam. If your students need mobile tools or connectivity, you can reach out to the College Board directly to let them know.

ACT
Update on ACT Testing Dates
Free Digital Learning Resources

The Common App
Message Regarding the Coronavirus 

National Association of College Admission Counselors
College Admission Status Update
Secondary Schools: College Admission Services Update
Updates on Various Dates, Exams, etc.

No Kid Hungry

Crisis Management Institute
COVID-19 Resources for School Counselors

Child Mind Institute
Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus 

National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement
Pandemic Response Resources

Center for American Progress
How K-12 Schools Should Prepare for Coronavirus

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
Resources and updates on NBPTS certification

Share My Lesson
Coronavirus Student Guide: Explnations and News Updates
Virtual School Counseling Resources and Ideas
Across social media and in the ASCA SCENE, school counselors have shared a number of resources, creative lesson ideas, recommendations for digital learning tools and more. ASCA has curated some of those ideas here. For links to specific lessons shared by other school counselors, please visit the Virtual School Counseling Lessons and Tools community and library on ASCA SCENE. Please add your own lessons as well. (If you experience difficulty uploading your file, please email Angie Hickman.) 
 
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.
  • Career One Stop is the U.S. Department of Labor’s career exploration tool
  • ​Flipgrid offers a platform for recording and sharing videos (free for educators).
  • Loom allows you to capture your screen, voice and face and instantly share your video (free for educators).
  • Padlet Backpack lets you provide access to students for lessons, plans and more (free 30-day trial).
  • Microsoft Teams lets you collaborate while working remotely with your team (free access).
  • My Blueprint offers a platform for students to create portfolios (free access).
  • Screencastify lets you record, edit, and share videos (free Google Chrome add-on).
  • Talking Points lets you translate your messages for students and families in any language (free access)
  • Weebly provides a free website builder.
  • Wevideo provides a platform for student-created videos (free to schools closed due to COVID-19).
Note: For details about HIPAA and FERPA relative to digital platforms for school counseling, click here.


School Counseling Resources and Ideas

  • Second Step is offering free social and emotional learning activities for ages 5-13, a podcast for families and a mindfulness program.
  • Stanford Online High School offers guidance for how to create an online classroom. 
  • National PTA has developed a number of resources for families concerned about remote learning and stress and anxiety related to COVID-19.
  • Southern Regional Education Board offers two relevant webinars for school counselors, including School Counseling from a Distance and Follow Up: School Counseling from a Distance
  • 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.  
  • National Center for Learning Disabilities offers a guide for educators and guide for parents for online learning for students with learning disabilities.
  • 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 offers free online courses for K-12 students on financial education, STEM, career readiness, health and wellness, social-emotional learning, and more. 
  • 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.