Coronavirus Education Updates & Parent Resources

This page contains information on the impact of the COVID-19 Coronavirus in education and schools from Federal and State education agencies.

There are also resources for parents on talking to children about the Coronavirus and keeping them safe.

Information for Parents

Education & State Information for Parents

Information for Youth & Young Adults

Resources for Kids

Education & State Information for Professionals

Information for Parents

Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019: Messages for parents, school staff, and others working with children
As public conversations around coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) increase, children may worry about themselves, their family, and friends getting ill with COVID-19. Parents, family members, school staff, and other trusted adults can play an important role in helping children make sense of what they hear in a way that is honest, accurate, and minimizes anxiety or fear. CDC has created guidance to help adults have conversations with children about COVID-19 and ways they can avoid getting and spreading the disease.

Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19
National Association of School Psychologists
It is very important to remember that children look to adults for guidance on how to react to stressful events. 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.

COVID-19 Resources
Parents Lead
Includes Talking to Your Child about COVID-19 Based on Their Age, resources for children, and other activities.

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers: Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) and Children

Coronavirus: Latest Updates and Tips
This resource was created to make the health crisis easier to manage. There are tools and information to help at home, at school, and at work.They plan tol provide updates on issues that impact learning, special education, talking with kids, and the workplace.

Talking With Children: Tips for Caregivers, Parents, and Teachers During Infectious Disease Outbreaks
This fact sheet provides parents, caregivers, and teachers with strategies for helping children manage their stress during an infectious disease outbreak. It describes potential reactions among youth and the support adults can provide to help them.

Education & State Information for Parents

NDDPI Updates and Guidance on COVID-19
Official page from the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction.

School Closure FAQ
Official statement from the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction.

Frequently Asked Questions for Families and Parents of Students with Disabilities
As districts and schools are determining the most appropriate steps to ensure student and staff safety, we want to take this time to provide guidance relating to students with disabilities and their services. It is extremely important for families and schools to collaborate and communicate regarding services for students with disabilities.

North Dakota Department of Health's Coronavirus Site
Contains news updates and advice.

Resources on Services to Students with Disabilities During COVID-19
Family Network on Disabilities
FND has created graphics based on the topics: On Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During a COVID-19 Outbreak and Addressing the Risk of COVID-19 in Preschool, Elementary and Secondary Schools While Serving Children with Disabilities, which are based on documents originally released by the U.S. Department of Education. These are presented in an easy to read graphic format.

Information for Youth & Young Adults

COVID-19 Information By and For People with Disabilities
Green Mountain Self-Advocates
Self-advocates created this guide for discussing the issue with people with disabilities and youngsters.

Tips For Social Distancing, Quarantine, And Isolation During An Infectious Disease Outbreak
This tip sheet describes feelings and thoughts you may have during and after social distancing, quarantine, and isolation. It also suggests ways to care for your behavioral health during these experiences and provides resources for more help.

Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks
This fact sheet provides tips for coping with stress during an infectious disease outbreak. It describes common signs of stress and how to recognize when to get help.

Resources for Kids

This short book was created to support and reassure children under the age of 7 regarding the COVID-19. This book is an invitation for families to discuss the full range of emotions arising from the current situation. It is important to point out that this resource does not seek to be a source of scientific information, but rather a tool based on fantasy. The recommendation is to print this material so children can draw on it.

Education & State Information for Professionals

NDDPI COVID-19 Special Education
Guidance for schools on providing special education services to children with disabilities during the Coronavirus outbreak.

NDDPI CCOVID-19 School Guidance
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has impacted many schools and businesses around the country. The NDDPI has formulated guidance for schools in the case of an outbreak in North Dakota.

OSERS Questions and Answers on Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Outbreak (March 2020)
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)
This Questions and Answers document outlines states’ responsibilities to infants, toddlers, and children with disabilities and their families, and to the staff serving these children.

Supplemental Fact Sheet Addressing the Risk of COVID-19 in Preschool, Elementary and Secondary Schools While Serving Children with Disabilities (3/21/2020)
U.S. Department of Education
Fact sheet on the topic.

OCR Short Webinar on Online Education and Website Accessibility
The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Education released today a webinar on ensuring web accessibility for students with disabilities for schools utilizing online learning during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

FERPA & Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions
U.S. Department of Education
The Student Privacy Policy Office (SPPO) prepared this document to assist school officials working with public health officials in managing public health issues related to COVID-19, while protecting the privacy of students’ education records. Understanding FERPA helps enable school officials to act quickly and with certainty when confronting challenges that affect the health or safety of students or other individuals.

COVID-19 Frequently-Asked Questions: WIOA Performance Accountability Provisions
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services’ Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA)
This\is an initial frequently-asked questions document related to implementing performance accountability provisions under title I of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) as State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies seek to provide continuity of operations for individuals with disabilities in the COVID-19 environment.