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General COVID-19 Information and Resources
- CDC's Travel Guidance and Information
- U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories
- World Health Organization Coronavirus Dashboard
- CDC's Frequently Asked Questions
- CDC's "What the public should do"
Information About Preventative Steps
- CDC's Guidance on How to Stop the Spread of Germs
- CDC's How to Manage Stress and Anxiety Due to the Coronavirus
Information for Schools and Families
- Updated CDC Guidance, February 2021: Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools through Phased Mitigation
- U.S. Department of Education COVID-19 Handbook Volume 1: Strategies for Safely Reopening Elementary and Secondary Schools (Download the ED COVID-19 Handbook: Volume 1: Strategies for Safely Reopening Elementary and Secondary Schools)
- CDC's Guidance for School Settings Before and During an Outbreak
- How to talk to children about coronavirus and school closures: Teachers offer some advice to families
- The Healthy Children website from the American Academy of Pediatrics posted a primer about COVID-19, how to talk to children, how to prepare for school closures, and more.
- Harvard – What Parents Should Know and Do
- ¡Colorín Colorado developed Multilingual Resources for Schools to use in communicating with families of English learners.
- BrainPOP has made a short, engaging, and user-friendly video explaining COVID-19.
- PBS Kids published guidance on how to talk to kids about COVID-19. Learn with Daniel Tiger, Sesame Street friends, Curious George, and more.
Key Federal Legislation and Actions
- The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 was signed into law on March 11, 2021, which will provide $130 billion to help schools implement reopening measures and address the academic, social, and emotional needs of students. Read more from the U.S. Department of Education.
- The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was signed into law on March 27, 2020. The legislation provides $2.2 trillion dollars to address the COVID-19 crisis.
The law includes $30.75 billion dollars for an Education Stabilization Fund, which would be available through Sept. 30, 2021.
- $13.5 billion for K-12 education – distributed as formula grants to states using Title I allocations. (See allowable uses below and download the state allocation table.)
- $3 billion for governors with discretion to be used for emergency grants for the most affected districts and institutions of higher education and those deemed essential to providing child care, early childhood, K-12, or higher education services. (Download the state allocation table.)
- $14.25 billion for higher education emergency relief for institutions and at least 50% for emergency financial aid to students for expenses related to disruption. (Download the institution allocation table.)
- One percent of the $30.75 billion will go to States with the highest coronavirus burden through two separate grant competitions: Rethink K12 Education Models Grants and
Reimagining Workforce Preparation Grants. Learn more and how to apply.
The $13.5 billion in funding for the "Elementary and Secondary Education School Emergency Relief Fund" provides 12 permissible, wide-ranging uses of those funds such as principal and school leader support, purchasing education technology (such as for hardware, software, and connectivity), continuing to employ existing staff, and other purposes. U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos will invite State Education Agencies to apply within 30 days of enactment. Of those funds allocated to states, not less than 90% will be directed to Local Education Agencies through the Title I, Part A formula of ESEA.
Uses of funds. A local educational agency that receives funds under this title may use the funds for any of the following:
- Any activity authorized by the ESEA of 1965, including the Native Hawaiian Education Act and the Alaska Native Educational Equity, Support, and Assistance Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (The Perkins Act), or subtitle B of title VII of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.
- Coordination of preparedness and response efforts of local educational agencies with State, local, Tribal, and territorial public health departments, and other relevant agencies, to improve coordinated responses among such entities to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus.
- Providing principals and other school leaders with the resources necessary to address the needs of their individual schools.
- Activities to address the unique needs of low-income children or students, children with disabilities, English learners, racial and ethnic minorities, students experiencing homelessness, and foster care youth, including how outreach and service delivery will meet the needs of each population.
- Developing and implementing procedures and systems to improve the preparedness and response efforts of local educational agencies.
- Training and professional development for staff of the local educational agency on sanitation and minimizing the spread of infectious diseases.
- Purchasing supplies to sanitize and clean the facilities of a local educational agency, including buildings operated by such agency.
- Planning for and coordinating during long-term closures, including for how to provide meals to eligible students, how to provide technology for online learning to all students, how to provide guidance for carrying out requirements under IDEA and how to ensure other educational services can continue to be provided consistent with all Federal, State, and local requirements.
- Purchasing educational technology (including hardware, software, and connectivity) for students who are served by the local educational agency that aids in regular and substantive educational interaction between students and their classroom instructors, including low-income students and students with disabilities, which may include assistive technology or adaptive equipment.
- Providing mental health services and supports.
- Planning and implementing activities related to summer learning and supplemental after school programs, including providing classroom instruction or online learning during the summer months and addressing the needs of low-income students, students with disabilities, English learners, migrant students, students experiencing homelessness, and children in foster care.
- Other activities that are necessary to maintain the operation of and continuity of services in local educational agencies and continuing to employ existing staff of the local educational agency.
- Families First Coronavirus Response Act (enacted, H.R. 6201). President Donald Trump signed emergency coronavirus legislation that eases rules for meals schools provide to students. The legislation also provides certain leave benefits related to schools:
- Under temporary changes to the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, government employees, including public school teachers, and those who work for organizations with at least 50 employees are entitled to an initial 10 days of unpaid sick leave if impacted by the coronavirus − followed by paid leave equal to at least two-thirds of their normal pay.
- Full-time employees caring for a child at home due to school or child care center closures or quarantine are entitled to 80 hours of emergency paid sick leave. Part-time employees with the same circumstances are entitled to the average number of hours they work in a two weeks.
- The U.S. Department of Education has created webpage for resources addressing COVID-19, located at ed.gov/coronavirus. This page will be updated as additional guidance is released, and includes downloadable fact sheets on protecting student privacy, ensuring students with disabilities continue to receive services, the impact on assessments and accountability, and more.
- Learn about the new streamlined process U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced for providing states funding flexibilities to best meet the needs of students and educators during the COVID-19 national emergency. According to the notice, the new flexibilities, authorized under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, allow schools to repurpose existing K-12 education funds for technology infrastructure and teacher training on distance learning, among other flexibilities to move resources to areas of highest need during the national emergency.
State Policies and Actions
The National Governors Association (NGA) has established a one-stop webpage dedicated to state actions, with information on what states need to know about COVID-19, an interactive map with confirmed cases state by state, and links to steps each state has taken to address COVID-19.
State Department of Education Updates for Key NIET Partners
Check your state department of education website for other states.