School Counseling During COVID-19
(Updated Sept. 25, 2020) – ASCA is closely monitoring the evolving news about COVID-19. This webpage provides updates on how the virus affects ASCA members and the school counseling profession, as well as resources for members. 
Fall 2020 School Reentry
A number of organizations have developed guidelines and white papers to help schools plan for reopening this fall.
Lessons and Curriculum

Here are some online resources and curriculum guides to consider as you provide online support to your students. Additionally, check out the ASCA Toolkits below for lessons broken out by level. 

ASCA Toolkits

Virtual Elementary School Counseling
Virtual Middle School Counseling
Virtual High School Counseling
Crisis Planning and Response
Choosing a College When You Can't Visit Campus
Virtual School Counseling Guidelines
Ethical Issues Arising from Virtual School Counseling

ASCA Programs, Events and Conferences

ASCA Webinars
Live webinars and webinars on-demand on ASCA On Air are always free to members. All webinars from March 15–June 4, 2020, are free to nonmembers on-demand on ASCA On Air. A limited number of past webinars are also open to nonmembers

The deadline for RAMP applications is still Oct. 15, 2020. However, applicants will not be penalized for incomplete applications (results reports, spring advisory council meetings, canceled activities and programs) due to school shutdowns from COVID-19. Schools that earned RAMP in 2016 will have their RAMP status extended for an extra year and have until Oct. 15, 2021, to submit an application for re-RAMP consideration.

ASCA-Provided Liability Insurance
The coverage provided with the ASCA membership includes coverage for tele-counseling as long is this is part of your school counseling activities. The limit is $1 million per occurrence/aggregate, and it pays after the school coverage has paid. Students who are ASCA members and in master’s programs are covered by ASCA’s liability insurance for activities that are part of the university’s practicum/internship program/requirements. Insurance is free for ASCA professional and student members. Click here for more information about membership and here for more information about ASCA's insurance program. 

State School Counselor Association Resources
Additional Resources 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
COVID-19 Indicators for School Decision Making
Interim Guidance for Case Investigation and Contact Tracing in K-12 Schools
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

Human Rights Campaign: Supporting LGBTQ Students During the Coronavirus Quarantine Tipsheet for School Counselors

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards: Resources and updates on NBPTS certification

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

American Federation of Teachers: A Plan to Safely Reopen America's Schools and Communities

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
Higher Education Coronavirus Updates

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

Equity Issues
Mental Health and Coping