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Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
COVID-19 Information
To keep Arkansas educators informed of the latest COVID-19 developments, the Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education is consistently updating their COVID-19 Information page. This page features the Guidance for Arkansas Schools Regarding COVID-19 memo, which discusses Continuation of AMI, Federal Waivers/Federal Funds, Stabilization Funds (CARES Act), Employee Work, and more.


Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
COVID-19 Fact Sheet 
This handout from the CDC explains what you should know about COVID-19 to protect yourself and others.

- Child Care / Youth Programs and Camps / Schools Decision Tools NEW!
The CDC released guidance that schools, businesses, and other organizations can use as states reopen from coronavirus shutdowns. The six so-called "decision trees" cover yes or no scenarios that are aimed to help assess readiness for opening workplaces, restaurants and bars, mass transit, childcare, camps, and schools.

Interim Guidance for Administrators of US K-12 Schools and Child Care Programs
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control offers guidance for schools based on what is currently known about the transmission and severity of COVID-19. This interim guidance is intended to help administrators of public and private childcare programs and K-12 schools prevent the spread of COVID-19 among students and staff.

Stress and Coping
The outbreak of COVID-19 may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Taking care of yourself, your friends, and your family can help you cope with stress. Learn how through this CDC resource page.


John Hopkins Center for Health Security
Public Health Principles for a Phased Reopening During Covid-19: Guidance for Governors NEW!

This document talks about schools, day care, extracurricular activities, etc. regarding potential contact intensity, number of contacts, and modification potential for different situations.


U.S. Department of Education
COVID-19 ("Coronavirus") Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel
The U.S. Department of Education has compiled a list of resources, including CDC Fact Sheets.

Fact Sheet:  Addressing the Risk of COVID-19 in Schools While Protecting the Civil Rights of Students
In addressing the possible risk of an outbreak of coronavirus in school districts and postsecondary schools, school officials must keep students safe and secure. In doing so, school officials should keep in mind federal civil rights requirements and respond appropriately to allegations of discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, or disability.


Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center
New COVID-19 Web Page
Find guidance, resources, training, and tools in one centralized location on COVID-19 and infectious disease planning activities. This page is updated on a regular basis in order to provide you with the most up-to-date information.

New COVID-19 Forum
Access and share resources, tools, questions, and information specific to COVID-19 on the REMS TA Center Community of Practice (CoP), a virtual space for education agencies to collaborate and learn from the experiences of others in the field.

New COVID-19 publication titled “Ensuring Continuity of Teaching and Learning During Prolonged Absences, Dismissals, and Closures”
Read about continuity of operations annexes, key considerations for continuity of teaching and learning, and educator tools to support distance education.

As a reminder, information on the Department’s activities and efforts related to COVID-19 may be found on ed.gov/coronavirus, and questions may be sent to the dedicated email address covid-19@ed.gov. Additionally, the Office of Safe and Supportive Schools (OSSS) has many TA Centers, such as the Title IV Part A TA Center and the National Student Attendance, Engagement, and Success Center.

More REMS Infectious Disease Planning Resources
School EOPs In-Depth: Planning for Infectious Diseases Online Course

Create a profile, and get started with this 30- to 45-minute virtual training on infectious disease planning. Designed to help you learn how to incorporate infectious disease planning into a school emergency operations plan (EOP), it allows you to take notes and download job aids, checklists, and reference guides as you navigate through informative course modules.

Infectious Disease Planning Specialized Training Package
Download this package on infectious disease planning to support your professional development and training efforts — online or in person. Designed as a 60-minute module, it contains a training presentation with speakers notes, instructions, and a resource list. The target audience for this training includes anyone who may have a role in creating or enacting an Infectious Disease Annex and/or anyone who participates in the school EOP planning process, including state and school district emergency planning officials, school staff, community partners, and first responders.

Emergency Exercises Package
Download this package to test your plans for an infectious disease outbreak and/or power outage via tabletop exercises, which were designed to last approximately 60 minutes each. This package contains a brief introduction to the exercises, a tabletop exercise scenario in a podcast form with accompanying script, links for more information on related topics, and instructions on how to complete the exercises. The target audience for these tabletop exercises includes anyone who may have a role or responsibility in developing protocols for, or responding to, an emergency at any level of K-12 education. This includes administrators, planning teams, response teams, or community partners, such as law enforcement, the fire department, or local emergency management agency.


National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
COVID-19: Resource Center – Guidance and Support
NASP is providing information, guidelines, and resources to help support the learning and well-being of students, their families and others in the school community during the COVID-19 crisis. Topics such as Service Delivery & Special Education, Crisis & Mental Health, Families & Educators, and Professional & Credential Preparation.

Talking to Children about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) - A Parent Resource
Children need factual, age appropriate information about the potential seriousness of disease risk and concrete instruction about how to avoid infections and spread of disease. Teaching children positive preventive measures, talking with them about their fears, and giving them a sense of some control over their risk of infection can help reduce anxiety.


American School Counselor Association (ASCA)
COVID-19 Resources
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. 


National Association of School Nurses (NASN)
Coronavirus Disease 2019 Resources
NASN is monitoring the CDC response to COVID-19 and working with other groups to provide resources to school nurses.


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA)
Talking With Children: TIPS FOR CAREGIVERS, PARENTS, AND TEACHERS DURING INFECTIOUS DISEASE OUTBREAKS
When children and youth watch news on TV about an infectious disease outbreak, read about it in the news, or overhear others discussing it, they can feel scared, confused, or anxious—as much as adults. This tip sheet will help parents, caregivers, and teachers learn some common reactions, respond in a helpful way, and know when to seek support.


ISTE Conference Postponed Until November


The Journal
- Free Resources for Schools During COVID-19 Outbreak
This link features free resources that educators can utilize for distance learning.


The School Superintendent’s Association (AASA)
Student Privacy During the COVID-19 Pandemic
School administrators are facing tough privacy questions as COVID-19 continues to spread across the world. Administrators in both preK-12 and higher education are grappling with how to inform communities and public health officials of infections that may emerge among students, how to respond to those cases, and how to maintain students’ privacy during communications. This resource is meant to supplement the recently published guidance from the US Department of Education (USED) on how the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) applies to schools in the context of COVID-19.


The National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement
COVID-19 Pandemic Resources
This link provides resources and tools for supporting grieving students during a pandemic.


Additional Resources
Standard Distribution Method (SDM): A Program to Help Safely Distribute Food and Learning Materials During Crises 

During an emergency when the school is closed unexpectedly, there is still an obligation of the school or district to provide meals to some of their student populations. There may also be the need to periodically distribute materials associated with distance learning. The “I Love U Guys” Foundation recently announced the SDM: a program to help safely distribute food and learning materials during crises. Downloadable versions of all materials are made available at no cost.

https://rems.ed.gov/trainings/CourseInfectious.aspx 
The Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance Center features a webinar about how to incorporate infectious disease planning into a school emergency operations plan (EOP).

Pandemic Planning: Information for Georgia Public School Districts 
This manual was prepared by the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) with support and guidance from public health resources to assist local school administrators and staff in developing pandemic plans for their respective school districts. This document includes specific considerations and samples to consider when developing a pandemic plan: prevention and education; access control; surveillance and screening; infection control and precautions; communication methods for staff, parents, and community; school activities and operations; local and state responsibilities; recovery and resources.

Continuous Learning Task Force Guidance 
The Continuous Learning Task Force developed guidance for Kansas educators to meet the immediate need of supporting learning outside of normal practices. The Task Force has provided a framework for continuous learning with guidance and support materials.