Guidance for Schools to Plan, Prepare and Respond to COVID-19

The potential for an outbreak of novel coronavirus—officially termed COVID–19—has been in the headlines and leaders are taking steps to help prevent its introduction and spread into communities across the country. While health officials are consistent in their messaging that this is not time to panic, it is time to plan and prepare.

Schools play an extremely important role in helping to prevent and slow the spread of infectious diseases and ensuring that students and staff are able to function within safe, healthy environments. In addition to helping to mitigate the spread of infections, schools should proactively prepare to address various forms of distress that may occur among students, including issues with racist comments and bullying due to the origin of the virus.

Below are some of the latest resources and guides below to help you plan, prepare and respond to COVID–19 (coronavirus).


New Resources

Interim Guidance for Administrators of US Childcare Programs and K–12 Schools to Plan, Prepare, and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID–19)

This guidance document has compiled steps that childcare and school administrators should take to prepare for the event of a disease outbreak within their community. The guidance will continue to be updated regularly and as needed. Learn more.


COVID–19: Preparing for Widespread Illness in Your School Community

From the National School Boards Association, this guide provides insight into the legal and logistical challenges that school districts may face in the case of a community outbreak. Planning checklists and multiple additional resources are included. The document is available to download, print and share. Learn more.


9 Things Educators Need to Know About Coronavirus

It’s a challenge for many people to sort through the abundance of information regarding the effects, challenges and potential impacts of the virus. This article has compiled a list of things that are urgent for school officials to know and understand in order to protect the health of their students and staff. Learn more.

How to Respond to Coronavirus: 6 Steps for Schools

Although there is a lot that is still unknown about COVID–19, it is important to make preparations to respond in case there is an emergence in your community. Find some simple steps that school leaders should be prepared to follow. Learn more.


Grant Alerts

STOP School Violence* | Bureau of Justice Assistance

Supporting programs implementing trainings and interventions and strategies that increase school safety.  Learn more.

Deadline: March 20, 2020

SEL in Action Awards | Education First and NoVo Foundation

Supporting the implementation of SEL initiatives in schools, either at the educator level (teachers, counselors, administrators, etc.) or at the district level. Learn more.

Deadline: April 10, 2020

Project AWARE State Education Agency Grants | SAMHSA

Expands capacity of State Educational Agencies to increase awareness of mental health issues among school-aged youth, train school personnel and connect youth to services. Learn more.

Deadline: April 20, 2020

*The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools does not administer these funding opportunities. Please refer to each organization for further direction and details.


Job Opportunities

School Psychologist | DC Public Schools (Washington, DC)

Provide full range of psychological services to children grades pre-K through 12, including screening and assessment, designing remedial programs, counseling, etc. Learn more.

Social Worker—Elementary Age Children | St. Nicks Alliance (Brooklyn, NY)

Support children who are struggling behaviorally and academically; manage caseload of children to provide counseling and small group interventions. Learn more.

Physical Education Teacher | Innovative Arts Academy Charter School (Lehigh Valley, PA)

Help students learn sports and fitness essentials through creative and innovative teaching methods. Learn more.

Student Wellness and Success Coordinator | Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County (Valley View, OH)

Promote a positive school climate, support instructional staff and students through services related to student social/behavioral/emotional needs. Learn more.


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