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School Counseling During COVID-19: Lessons and Resources 
(Updated April 8, 2020) Following are suggestions and resources to consider as you provide support to your students regarding COVID-19. Before you take any action, consult with your district to discover any guidance or response initiatives it has in place so your actions align with school and district programs. 
COVID-19 and Schools

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Coronavirus Disease 2019  
Interim Guidance for Administrators of US Childcare Programs and K-12 Schools to Plan, Prepare and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019
Guidance for School Settings Before and During an Outbreak

Center for American Progress
How K-12 Schools Should Prepare for Coronavirus

National Education Association
Schools and Coronavirus

National School Boards Association
COVID-19: Preparing for Widespread Illness in Your School Community: A Legal Guide for School Leaders

No Kid Hungry
What Coronavirus Means for Hungry Kids
FAQ on child nutrition program options 

Guide to tactics and strategies for school meal services

U.S. Department of Education
COVID-19 Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnnel
Protecting Student Privacy

Career Exploration

College Admissions and Testing

Update on ACT Testing Dates
Free Digital Learning Resources

The College Board
Updates on SAT Testing and College Admissions
AP Testing Updates
The College Board recognizes the digital divide could prevent some low-income and rural students from participating in online AP education. Working with partners, the College Board can help these students have the tools and connectivity they need to review AP content online and take the exam. If your students need mobile tools or connectivity, you can reach out to the College Board directly to let them know.

The Common App
Message Regarding the Coronavirus 

National Association of College Admission Counselors
College Admission Status Update
Secondary Schools: College Admission Services Update
Updates on Various Dates, Exams, etc.
Work From Home Resources

Students may want to tour college campuses here and here, since they can’t visit in real life.

Equity Issues
  • National Center for Learning Disabilities offers a guide for educators and guide for parents for online learning for students with learning disabilities.
  • Common Sense has curated a list of tools to assist children with special needs or learning differences that should be helpful to parents during school closures. 

Mental Health and Coping

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19

Child Mind Institute
Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus 

Crisis Management Institute
COVID-19 Resources for School Counselors

National Association of School Psychologists
Talking to Children About COVID-19: A Parent Resource

National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement
Pandemic Response Resources

National PTA
Resources for families concerned about remote learning and stress and anxiety related to COVID-19.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Resources During COVID-19

Social/Emotional Learning
  • BrainPOP provides movies with social/emotional learning components that students can watch and respond to.

  • CASEL has collected a number of resources to assist in addressing students’ social and emotional needs.  

  • Centervention game-based behavior interventions help students practice social and emotional skills.

  • Inside SEL links to a number of social/emotional learning resources. 

  • NEWSELA offers social/emotional learning lessons students can complete remotely.

  • Sanford Harmony at National University provides social and emotional learning tools for pre-K–6. 

  • Second Step is offering free social and emotional learning activities for ages 5-13, a podcast for families and a mindfulness program.

Tech Tools and Distance Learning
Before using any technology tools to deliver services to students, consult with your district/school. Note: For details about HIPAA and FERPA relative to digital platforms for school counseling, click here.
  • Google is offering free access to G-Suite for Education at no cost through July 1. Learn more about how to use Google to serve students when schools are closed. 
  • Flipgrid offers a platform for recording and sharing videos (free for educators)
  • Loom allows you to capture your screen, voice and face and instantly share your video (free for educators).
  • Microsoft Teams lets you collaborate while working remotely with your team (free access).
  • My Blueprint offers a platform for students to create portfolios (free access)
  • Nearpod provides a platform for live lessons.
  • Padlet Backpack lets you provide access to students for lessons, plans and more (free 30-day trial).
  • Seesaw is a remote learning platform, but the home-learning tips for families may be helpful for school counselors to share. 
  • Screencastify lets you record, edit, and share videos (free Google Chrome add-on).
  • Southern Regional Education Board offers two relevant webinars for school counselors, including School Counseling from a Distance and Follow Up: School Counseling from a Distance
  • Stanford Online High School offers guidance for how to create an online classroom. 
  • Talking Points lets you translate your messages for students and families in any language (free access)
  • The Association for Career and Technical Education has compiled a list of resources for distance learning as well as free online courses.
  • Weebly provides a free website builder.
  • WebEx offers free access to connect with students and colleagues.
  • Wevideo provides a platform for student-created videos (free to schools closed due to COVID-19).
  • Zoom offers free resources for educators during school closures. 
  • Because kids are participating in more digital learning, offer a refresher on digital safety, cyberbullying, etc.

Virtual School Counseling Crowdsourcing
Across social media and in the ASCA SCENE, school counselors have shared a number of resources, creative lesson ideas, recommendations for digital learning tools and more. ASCA has curated some of those ideas here. For links to specific lessons shared by other school counselors, please visit the Virtual School Counseling Lessons and Tools community and library on ASCA SCENE. Please add your own lessons as well. (If you experience difficulty uploading your file, please email Angie Hickman.)