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COVID-19 Resources for Families and Communities

NYSED's Dedicated COVID-19 Website

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) provides guidance regarding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) for schools across the state to help us ensure the health and safety of students. The guidance provides important information about child care, child nutrition and meals, continuity of learning, special education, state assessments, school closures, and more. The website also provides guidance for colleges and universities, adult education programs, and licensed professionals, in addition to other important information.

NYSED's Continuity of Learning Website

NYSED launched a dedicated website featuring remote continuity of learning resources to provide districts and teachers with increased options.

  • Guidance on Continuity of Learning
    • Key considerations for continuity of learning include: 
      • ​Designing for Unique Needs of All Students
      • Supporting System Orientation/Preparation
      • Ensuring Accessibility
      • Preparing for Short- and Long-Term School Closures
  • Non-Technological Options
    • PBS Live Broadcasting
      • ​​New York’s nine public television stations are providing “Learn-at-Home” enrichment for students through their broadcast stations for students without access to broadband during extended school closings. To find your local station, visit the PBS Station Finder.
    • Early Learning Options
      • Playing games, reading, writing, learning colors, learning to count, and doing science experiments are among the ideas for non-technological ways to engage young children in learning at home.
  • Technology Options
    • Digital Content
      • Online learning content is organized by grade level and by subject area. Resources include full online learning courses, library resources and resources for students with disabilities, English Language Learners (ELLs), or Multilingual Learners (MLLs).
        • Selma Online
          The Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University has launched Selma Online – a free, downloadable teaching platform that aims to change how the civil rights movement is taught in the United States.
    • Digital Tools
      • Digital tools are available to assist educators in communicating with students and families, facilitating distance or online learning, and creating engaging instructional and learning opportunities for students. Options for districts/schools are provided as possible ways to assist with continuity of learning plans.
  • Resources from NYS Organizations
    • Educational resources are provided from trusted sources across New York State, including BOCES, school districts, and libraries.

New York City Resources

Helpful Community Links

New York State Department of Health

Find all health-related information about the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in New York State.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO)

Find information about the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), including how to protect yourself, learn about the symptoms, and find federal guidance for travel, schools, child care, businesses, employers, and other community organizations.

NYS Center for School Health

Visit the NYS Center for School Health website for additional resources from the NYS Department of Health, the CDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and other nationally vetted resources.

Resources for Mental Health and Talking to Young People About COVID-19

Feeling anxiety amid a global pandemic is normal and natural for everyone. As the adults, it’s critical that we take care of our own mental and physical health, and that will help us to better support our young people. These resources offer guidance for self-care as well as strategies for talking about COVID-19 honestly and effectively with young people