School Counseling During COVID-19
(Updated May 22, 2020) – ASCA is closely monitoring the evolving news about COVID-19. This webpage provides updates on how the virus affects ASCA members and the school counseling profession, as well as resources for members. 
Fall 2020 School Reentry
A number of organizations have developed guidelines and white papers to help schools plan for reopening this fall.
Lessons and Curriculum

Here are some online resources and curriculum guides to consider as you provide online support to your students. Additionally, check out the ASCA Toolkits below for lessons broken out by level. 

ASCA Toolkits

Virtual Elementary School Counseling
Virtual Middle School Counseling
Virtual High School Counseling
Crisis Planning and Response
Choosing a College When You Can't Visit Campus
Virtual School Counseling Guidelines

ASCA Programs, Events and Conferences
Annual Conference

The ASCA Annual Conference, originally scheduled for Seattle, will now be held online due to restrictions against large gatherings. ASCA@Home is June 29–July 2. We are confident ASCA@Home will provide the professional development you've come to expect and an experience you’ll never forget. We expect to announce the full details, including registration fee, schedule, breakout session lineup and special events later this month.

If you have already registered for the conference but aren't interested in participating in ASCA@Home, you will have the opportunity to receive a full refund through June 15 by emailing But we encourage you to wait for the full conference details before making that decision. The most up-to-date information about the conference can always be found on the conference website.
ASCA Webinars
Live webinars and webinars on-demand on ASCA On Air are always free to members. All webinars from March 15–May 31, 2020, are free to nonmembers, both live or on-demand on ASCA On Air. A limited number of past webinars are also open to nonmembersCEU quizzes for webinars from March 15–May 31 are free to both members and nonmembers.

ASCA U Specialists
We understand a lot of professional development events have been canceled, so we wanted to make sure our members, nonmembers and graduate students can get the professional development they need and have requested. Therefore, from March 17– May 31, we're offering our ASCA U Specialist trainings for only $29 for members (regularly $99) and $49 for nonmembers (regularly $249). No code needed. If you have any issues purchasing or registering for any of these professional development offerings, please contact ​us.
The deadline for RAMP applications is still Oct. 15, 2020. However, applicants will not be penalized for incomplete applications (results reports, spring advisory council meetings, canceled activities and programs) due to school shutdowns from COVID-19. Schools that earned RAMP in 2016 will have their RAMP status extended for an extra year and have until Oct. 15, 2021, to submit an application for re-RAMP consideration.

ASCA-Provided Liability Insurance
The coverage provided with the ASCA membership includes coverage for tele-counseling as long is this is part of your school counseling activities. The limit is $1 million per occurrence/aggregate, and it pays after the school coverage has paid. Students who are ASCA members and in master’s programs are covered by ASCA’s liability insurance for activities that are part of the university’s practicum/internship program/requirements. Insurance is free for ASCA professional and student members. Click here for more information about membership and here for more information about ASCA's insurance program. 

State School Counselor Association Resources
Additional Resources 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Decision tree for reopening of schools
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

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

National Education Association: Schools and Coronavirus

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

Human Rights Campaign: Supporting LGBTQ Students During the Coronavirus Quarantine Tipsheet for School Counselors

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

No Kid Hungry
What Coronavirus Means for Hungry Kids
FAQ on child nutrition program options 
Guide to tactics and strategies for school meal services

U.S. Department of Education
COVID-19 Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnnel
Protecting Student Privacy

American Federation of Teachers: A Plan to Safely Reopen America's Schools and Communities

College Admissions and Testing

Update on ACT Testing Dates
Free Digital Learning Resources

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.

The Common App: Message Regarding the Coronavirus 

National Association of College Admission Counselors
Higher Education Coronavirus Updates

Students may want to tour college campuses here and here, since they can’t visit in real life.

Equity Issues
  • National Center for Learning Disabilities offers a guide for educators and guide for parents for online learning for students with learning disabilities.
  • 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. 
Mental Health and Coping