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Topic-Specific Resources to Support Your Emergency Management Planning
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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Resources developed or shared by the REMS TA Center with COVID-19-related information may in part or whole become obsolete, due to changing circumstances. We will maintain this page and the currency of information as much as possible. Any and all information or recommendations are superseded by what is provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For the most up-to-date information, we encourage you to regularly visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/.

Education agencies across the nation have been working tirelessly throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to support their students, families, staff, faculty, administrators, and communities. Whether you are new to school emergency management planning or an experienced school safety leader, the REMS TA Center is here to support you and your education agency with the information, products, and services you need to respond to, continue to operate during, and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Find guidance, resources, training, and tools in one centralized location on COVID-19 and infectious disease planning activities.

View the latest recommendations and resources listed from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Education, REMS TA Center, Federal agency partners and other relevant professional organizations on the topic of COVID-19 and infectious disease planning within K-12 schools and institutions of higher education via this page.

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Guidance

Schools and Childcare Programs
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
K-12
Access information and tools to plan, prepare, and respond to COVID-19 at K-12 schools.

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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
U.S. Department of Agriculture
K-12; Higher ed
Find frequently asked questions related to COVID-19 and school meals and other information.

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COVID-19
U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
K-12; Higher ed
Find information and resources related to COVID-19 and workplaces.

Training

Supports for Students and Families Experiencing Homelessness During the COVID-19 Pandemic
REMS TA Center
K-12
As schools plan for re-opening, learn how they can support students and families experiencing homelessness, as well as support the school community with other related challenges and solutions.

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FDA Updates on Hand Sanitizers with Methanol
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration
K-12; Higher ed
Find information and advisements on hand sanitizer products.

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Resources for Education Providers and Families
U.S. Department of Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education
K-12
Find resources and supports created by the Office of Elementary of Secondary Education, its technical assistance Centers, and other partners across the U.S. Department of Education and government.

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COVID-19 Resource Center
National Association of School Psychologists
K-12
Access supports on returning to school, service delivery and special education, mental health, and other topics during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Resource

Resilience Quick Links for School Personnel, Families, and Students: Ensuring the Well-Being of the Whole School Community During School at Home
REMS TA Center
K-12; Higher ed
Access key practical steps and quick links to learning opportunities and resources on resilience and well-being in the context of a pandemic and emergency events.

Training

Ensuring Continuity of Feeding and Food Distribution During the COVID-19 Pandemic Webinar
REMS TA Center
K-12
Learn about this key element of continuity of operations planning, models being used on the state level, and Federal authorizations, waivers, and resources. Presenters represent the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Georgia Department of Education, Tennessee Department of Education, New Jersey Department of Education, Oklahoma State Department of Education, U.S. Department of Education, and REMS TA Center.

Training

Understanding Educator Resilience & Developing a Self-Care Plan
REMS TA Center
K-12
Watch this Webinar about resilience and compassion fatigue; the impact of stress, burnout, and compassion fatigue on the education environment; how to identify signs and symptoms of compassion fatigue; and how to develop a professional self-care plan.

Training

Understanding Educator Resilience & Developing a Self-Care Plan
REMS TA Center
K-12
Download this training package to learn and train colleagues on resilience, compassion fatigue, professional self-care plan development, and strategies that can be employed in order to work more effectively with students impacted by stress, loss, and trauma.

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Building a Self-Care Action Plan
REMS TA Center
K-12; Higher ed
Use this worksheet to brainstorm what activities you can do to promote self-care and what kinds of support you need to make these activities and your wellness a priority.

Resource

10 Tips for Teaching the Psychological First Aid Model
REMS TA Center
K-12
Read about the PFA model, its core elements, and 10 tips to support its implementation before, during, and after emergency events.

Training

Developing a Recovery Annex
REMS TA Center
K-12
Download this training package to learn and train colleagues on how to develop a Recovery Annex and integrate it in the school emergency operations plan.

Training

Emergency Exercises Package
REMS TA Center
K-12
Download this package, which contains a tabletop exercise for an infectious disease outbreak, to identify gaps and weaknesses in and strengthen your school emergency operations plan.

Training

Food Safety and Emergencies: Preparedness Activities for Schools
REMS TA Center
K-12
Watch this Webinar about resources from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the role of food services in larger recovery efforts.

Training

Implementing Psychological First Aid (PFA) in School and Postsecondary Settings
REMS TA Center
K-12; Higher ed
Watch this Webinar about PFA, its role following an emergency, and its use in the school setting.

Training

Managing Memorials and Anniversaries as a Part of Overall School and Higher ed Safety Planning
REMS TA Center
K-12; Higher ed
Watch this Webinar about creating a plan to manage memorials and anniversaries, as well as managing donations and volunteers as a part of planning around this topic.

Training

Planning to Recover From Emergencies at Districts and Schools
REMS TA Center
K-12
Watch this Webinar about the four recovery components, the process for including recovery activities in planning efforts, and lessons learned from emergency events.

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Psychological First Aid (PFA) for Students and Teachers: Listen, Protect, Connect—Model & Teach
REMS TA Center
K-12
Read this publication on the use of PFA in schools and the strategy “Listen, Protect, Connect—Model & Teach,” including its goals, how schools can implement it, developmental concerns, and staff training considerations.

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Recovery for Schools and School Districts
REMS TA Center
K-12
Read this fact sheet about recovery, its four components and timeframes, examples of recovery activities, and integrating recovery efforts into emergency management planning.

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Supporting Efforts to Create a Public Health, Medical, and Mental Health Annex as a Part of Your Emergency Operations Plan
REMS TA Center
K-12; Higher ed
Learn how to create a Public Health, Medical, and Mental Health Annex, which helps support prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery efforts before, during, and after an incident. Find resources on public health, medical topics, and mental health.

Tool

Tool Box
REMS TA Center
K-12; Higher ed
Find tools developed by K-12 and higher ed emergency managers in the field. Use the advanced search engine and select "Biological Hazards" to find tools that support infectious disease planning.

Guidance

Planning Considerations for Organizations in Reconstituting Operations During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Federal Emergency Management Agency
K-12; Higher ed
Read this guidance document on reconstitution and planning considerations.

Guidance

Eligible Emergency Protective Measures
Federal Emergency Management Agency
K-12; Higher ed
Read this fact sheet on emergency protective measures that may be eligible under the Public Assistance Program.

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Exercise Starter Kit for Workshop on Reconstituting Operations
Federal Emergency Management Agency
K-12; Higher ed
Use the facilitator guide and sample slides in this exercise starter kit to facilitate a planning workshop on reconstitution.

Guidance

COVID-19 Pandemic Operational Guidance for the 2020 Hurricane Season
Federal Emergency Management Agency
K-12; Higher ed
Access information on preparing for hurricanes in the COVID-19 environment.

Resource

Considerations for School Nurses When Providing Virtual Care
National Association of School Nurses
K-12
Find information for school nurses on delivering telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Resource

Virtual Service Delivery in Response to COVID-19 Disruptions
National Association of School Psychologists
K-12
Find information on delivering telehealth services to students and families.

Training

Telemental Health 101
National Center for School Mental Health
K-12
Watch this Webinar for school mental health practitioners to provide online mental health services to students and families during school closures.

Resource

Coping in Hard Times: Fact Sheet for School Staff Teachers, Counselors, Administration, Support Staff
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
K-12
Learn about economic downturns, how they may affect emotional/behavioral health, and strategies for supporting students and helping them cope.

Tool

Fighting the Big Virus: Trinka and Sam's Questions
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
K-12
Read this companion story designed for families and young children to help answer questions about COVID-19.

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Helping Children With Traumatic Separation or Traumatic Grief Related to COVID-19
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
K-12
Read tips on supporting children who are experiencing traumatic separation or traumatic grief related to COVID-19.

Resource

Supporting Children During Coronavirus (COVID19)
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
K-12
Learn about how you can help children cope with and talk about COVID-19.

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Trinka and Sam Fighting the Big Virus: Trinka, Sam, and Littletown Work Together
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
K-12
Read this story designed for families with young children to talk about COVID-19 and feelings about the pandemic.

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Coping in Hard Times: Fact Sheet for Parents
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
K-12; Higher ed
Learn about economic downturns, how they may affect emotional/behavioral health, and strategies for supporting your family and helping your family cope.

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Coping in Hard Times: Fact Sheet for Youth High School & College Age
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
K-12; Higher ed
Learn about economic downturns, how they may affect emotional/behavioral health, and strategies for supporting yourself and helping yourself cope.

Tool

Fighting the Big Virus: Trinka and Sam's Questions (Spanish)
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
K-12
Read this companion story designed for families and young children to help answer questions about COVID-19 in Spanish.

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Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope With the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
K-12
Learn about how you can prepare your family for an infectious disease outbreak, reduce your family's risk, and cope with stress caused by COVID-19.

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The Impact of COVID-19 on Child Sex and Labor Trafficking
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
K-12
Find information on what you can do about the increased risk of youth involvement in sex or labor trafficking and how to support yourself as a child-serving professional.

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Trauma-Informed School Strategies During COVID-19
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
K-12
Find information that supports the physical and emotional well-being of staff, the creation of a trauma-informed learning environment, trauma education and awareness, partnerships with students and families, cultural responsiveness, traumatic stress, and more.

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Trinka and Sam Fighting the Big Virus: Trinka, Sam, and Littletown Work Together (Spanish)
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
K-12
Read this story designed for families with young children to talk about COVID-19 and feelings about the pandemic in Spanish.

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Colleges, Universities, and Higher Learning
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Higher ed
Access health considerations, tools, and more information to plan, prepare, and respond to COVID-19 at institutions of higher education.

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USDA Provides Flexibilities to Ensure Kids Receive Meals This Fall
U.S. Department of Agriculture
K-12
Find information on new flexibilities and nationwide waivers for the School Breakfast Program, National School Lunch Program, and Child and Adult Care Food Program.

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Summer Food Service Program State Contacts
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
K-12; Higher ed
Find State education agency contacts that operate school meals via the Summer Food Service Program.

Resource

FNS Response to COVID-19
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
K-12; Higher ed
Find state waivers for Child Nutrition Programs, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, USDA Foods Programs, and Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children.

Guidance

State Guidance on Coronavirus Pandemic EBT (P-EBT)
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
K-12
Access information, flexibilities, and waivers for states that have been approved to operate a Pandemic EBT program.

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USDA Meals for Kids Site Finder
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
K-12; Higher ed
Use this interactive map to find nearby sites, including directions to the site, hours of operation, and contact information.

Guidance

Letter to Education Leaders on Preventing and Addressing potential discrimination associated with COVID-19
U.S. Department of Education
K-12
Read recommendations on protecting students from bullying and harassment based on race and national origin and on safeguarding the health of educational communities. Link to information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Fact Sheet: Addressing the Risk of COVID-19 in Schools While Protecting the Civil Rights of Students
U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights
K-12
Find information on responding to discrimination in schools and resources for communicating about COVID-19.

Training

Continuity of Learning During COVID-19
U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs
K-12
Access Webinars focused on providing resources, tools, and practices to enhance the continuity of learning for students with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Guidance

FERPA and the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
U.S. Department of Education, Student Privacy Policy Office
K-12
Find answers about personally identifiable information and education records in the context of addressing COVID-19.

Guidance

FAQs on Telehealth and HIPAA During the COVID-19 Nationwide Public Health Emergency
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
K-12; Higher ed
Find answers about providing telehealth services and protected health information in the context of COVID-19.

Tool

Disaster Distress Helpline
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
K-12; Higher ed
Contact this national hotline at 1-800-985-5990 to receive free counseling and support before, during, and after an emergency event, such as COVID-19.

Resource

Intimate Partner Violence and Child Abuse Considerations During COVID-19
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
K-12; Higher ed
Read about intimate partner violence, child abuse and neglect, and resources on domestic violence prevention, reporting, and awareness.

Resource

Psychosocial Issues for Children and Adolescents in Disasters
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
K-12
Read this publication that offers resources to those working with children after an emergency event and discusses theories of child development as applied to youth experiencing the fear, anxiety, and trauma of emergency events.

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Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health: Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation During an Infectious Disease Outbreak
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
K-12; Higher ed
Find tips for social distancing, quarantine, and isolation during an infectious disease outbreak.

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Talking With Children: Tips for Caregivers, Parents, and Teachers During Infectious Disease Outbreaks
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
K-12
Read this publication that describes possible reactions to an infectious disease outbreak by age group and how parents, caregivers, and teachers can help children recover.

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EPA Supports Healthy Indoor Environments in Schools During COVID-19 Pandemic
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
K-12; Higher ed
Access resources on maintaining healthy indoor environments in schools and training and educating staff members, as well as EPA coronavirus guidance.

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National Center for School Mental Health: COVID-19 Resources
University of Maryland School of Medicine and Health Resources and Services Administration
K-12
Access resources on technology to support mental health, stress management and self-care, and other school mental/behavioral health topics in the context of COVID-19.

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Disaster Resilient Universities (DRU) Network®
University of Oregon
Higher ed
Find information on the Disaster Resilient Universities (DRU) Network®, which provides practitioners a multidisciplinary online platform to leverage their diverse knowledge, expertise, and skills.