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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Resources

The novel coronavirus is disrupting the way we live, work and experience school. To halt the spread of infection, to be physically safe, we must distance ourselves from many of the people in our lives. But to be emotionally safe, we need to maintain connections to our family, friends, teachers and peers. In other words, to the people we trust. The following is a curated list of resources for parents and caregivers, teachers, educators and leaders—for any adult who has a trusting, supportive relationship with a child—and for children and young people themselves.

Resources from Turnaround for Children

Stress and the Brain

Turnaround for Children offers free access to Stress and the Brain, a resource for educators selected to complement The 180 Podcast episode Coronavirus: Keeping Our Children And Ourselves Safe, With Pamela Cantor, M.D.

Resources For The Three Rs






Well-Being Index

Science demonstrates what the best educators have always known: All students have unique strengths and needs that vary over time and are expressed differently. When schools recognize and personalize experiences for individual students and remove barriers to learning, they create the conditions that support thriving. But, if a student’s experience and how they feel and function is variable, how can educators capture this in order to support them in a timely, personalized way?

To help educators assess student well-being directly, quickly, and frequently, both in-person and virtually, Turnaround for Children has developed a free new tool: The Well-Being IndexThis tool can minimize making assumptions about students and instead support students to understand and look after their own well-being.

Responding to Crisis Within A Tiered Supports System

To help schools address the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, Turnaround for Children created a new free Action Pack to guide staff, schools and school systems in Responding to Crisis Within a Tiered Supports System. The crisis component of a tiered support system allows for students who are experiencing disruptions in their health, mood, behavior, and/or skill development to receive immediate support.

Turnaround for Children Toolbox

Today, the well-being, learning, and development of a generation of young people must be our foremost priority. This is especially true as we reckon with the large numbers of young people who have experienced grief and loss, exposure to racialized violence, and disruption of important connections to school, teachers, and in-person instruction during COVID-19.

Educators and families are concerned about recovery, but also see an opportunity to reimagine and build a better and more just education system. The Turnaround for Children Toolbox is an online hub for science-grounded ideas and resources that empower educators to embed an equitable whole-child purpose into our education system. Through this approach, educators can prioritize relationships as the active ingredient in learning; meet students’ needs in authentically-personalized ways; tap into students’ strengths, interests, and talents; and facilitate academic progress.

7 Tips for Parents and Caregivers: Reassuring Children During the Coronavirus Outbreak

People, Adult, Autumn, Back, Boy, Casual, Child

The most powerful tool that we as adults have to manage stress and to help our young people manage stress is the human relationship. Because relationships that are strong and trustful release the hormone oxytocin and oxytocin can restore a child’s sense of safety.

Back to Basics Blog Series

In the Back to Basics blog series, Sheila Ohlsson Walker, Ph.D. illuminates how and why a handful of synergistic, simple, and scientifically grounded lifestyle choices offer protection from the novel coronavirus and fortify mental and physical health for life.

The Upward Spiral

Webinars and Events

The Science of Learning and Development Alliance

ISTE #COVID19 Education Coalition

More than 30 organizations, including Turnaround for Children, have joined forces to share resources and support to support educators during this challenging time for schools around the world. Learn more about the #COVID19 Education Coalition, convened by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).

Educating All Learners Alliance 

Turnaround for Children has joined forces with The Educating All Learners Alliance (EALA) to help ensure the continuity of special education services during remote instruction, The Alliance aims to elevate best practice approaches for schools and educators to promote equity for all learners during the coronavirus pandemic.


Resources from Other Trusted Sources




Edutopia: 3 Ways to Reduce Stress and Build Connections During Distance Learning 

The Aspen Education & Society Program:Coming Back to Climate: How Principals Use School Climate Data to Lead Improvement

Brooklyn Laboratory Charter Schools: Success Coaching Playbook

Getting Smart: Schools Need a Success Coach for Every Learner

Tulsa Public Schools: Wellness Priority 2 Guidebook

Edutopia: 7 Ways to Maintain Relationships During Your School Closure

Indiana Department of Education: Digital Learning Toolkit 


Common Sense Media: Help Your Family De-Stress During Coronavirus Uncertainty

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

National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope With the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Stanford Children’s Health: Healthier Happy Lives Blog: How to Talk with Kids About COVID-19

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): Talking With Children: Tips For Caregivers, Parents, and Teachers During Infectious Disease Outbreaks

Wide Open School: Schools are closed Minds are wide open

Bridge International AcademiesHome Learning 

Sanford Harmony: Harmony at Home


Child Mind Institute: Anxiety and Coping With the Coronavirus


The Atlantic: How Parents Can Keep Kids Busy (and Learning) in Quarantine

National Public Radio (NPR):Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus

Sesame Street: Caring for Each Other

Child Mind Institute: Supporting Teenagers and Young Adults During the Coronavirus Crisis