Coronavirus/COVID-19 Resources for Parents, Students, and Teachers


Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Emergency Preparedness and Response

World Health Organization (WHO)

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak

WHO Health Topics – Coronavirus

Q&A on coronaviruses (COVID-19)

US Federal Government

Government Response to Coronavirus, COVID-19

New York State

New York State Department of Health – Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Local Departments of Social Services by County


Mental Health, Anxiety, and Stress Management Resources/Information

Taking Care of your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty

Mini Meditation

Down Dog App, which includes the apps Down Dog, Yoga for Beginners, HIIT, Barre, and 7 Minute Workout is free until April 1st and has exercises you can do at home

Feeling Anxious Or Worried? Listen To These 8 Podcasts

Coronavirus Anxiety: 4 Ways to Cope with Fear

Expert Offers Practical Advice to Manage Your Coronavirus Anxiety

Helping Children and Teens Cope with Anxiety About COVID-19

When everything feels overwhelming, check out tips for taking in rapidly changing news

De-stress together with meditation apps for kids and families

Get the blood flowing and elevate the mood with these 25 dance games (you might need to buy a special control from Amazon)

Apps, websites, and video games that inspire running, jumping, and more to stay active.

Don’t forget to enjoy a device-free dinner or two

How to Talk to your Children/Family about Coronavirus

BrainPop cartoon video explaining Coronavirus

NPR Comic for Kids explaining Coronavirus (first link is Instagram – second link here)

Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus

Help Your Family De-Stress During Coronavirus Uncertainty

Fear and Anxiety – An Age by Age Guide to Common Fears, The Reasons for Each and How to Manage Them

How to Talk About Coronavirus With Kids

The Yucky Bug – Julia Cook

So You’ve Got Questions about Coronavirus

Discovery Education has a special channel to help explain what is happening to students

Coronavirus Student Guide – Explanations and News Updates

Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – A Parent Resource

Activities to do at Home


Time for Kids (K-6)

PBS Kids

Ideas for Activities During School Closings

Stuck at Home? These 12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours You Can Take on Your Couch (Video)

ByrdseedTV (Educational Videos)

Reading Eggs

Epic! Digital Book Library (for kids 12 and under) (there is a cost – $7.99/month)

Storyline – Streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations

Best Music Apps and Games for Kids

50 Books All Kids Should Read Before They’re 12

Best Family Movies

Common Sense Selections highlighting the best movies and TV shows

Sibling Watch-Together TV

Best Documentaries for Kids and Families

Common Sense Media (reviews for what your kids want to watch before they watch it)

Write notes, letters, draw pictures to send or drop off at local nursing homes – the elderly in nursing homes aren’t allowed to have visitors right now and it will brighten their day!

Scratch Jr. – Coding is the new literacy! With ScratchJr, young children (ages 5-7) can program their own interactive stories and games. In the process, they learn to solve problems, design projects, and express themselves creatively on the computer – Learn computer science

Kodable – Programming for kids

Hello Ruby – Hello Ruby is the world’s most whimsical way to learn about computers, technology and programming. The story started with a book, and now Ruby continues her adventures in exercises, activities and videos. It’s suited for kids age 5 years and older (but even adults might learn something new)

Public libraries – many public libraries have digital books you can rent for free on their websites, along with other resources

Stick Figure Art YouTube channel

For Teachers

Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions due to School Closings

Khan Academy Student Schedules for School Closures

Scholastic Learn at Home: Teaching Remotely for Grades K-12

Scholastic Learn at Home: Free Resources for School Closures

Zoom – free sign up for teachers and students & relevant article


17 Apps to Help Kids Stay Focused

Apps That Act Like Math and Science Tutors for Homework Help

Free Educational Apps, Games, and Websites

Top Time-Management Apps

Common Sense Media Education Resources

Sumdog Math



Temporary School Closure Support Group for Educators

Designing for Online Learning Online Course – a free course that runs from March 16-20. Registration ends at 7pm on Sunday March 15. The course requires about 45 minutes of your time per day.

Global Online Academy COVID-19 Resources

International Educator Shared Resources Google Doc

Google Hangouts – Google has extended Hangouts Meet premium features to all G Suite customers through July 1, 2020

Book Creator – giving 90 days free so you can collaborate on writing books with your students

Kahoot Premium – offering free access to all features to support distance learning in schools affected by the coronavirus outbreak

BoomWriter – a free writing app

BrainPOP – free access

Buncee Classroom – as per this tweet email for free access

Discovery Education – comprehensive response to the worldwide coronavirus outbreak

Pear Deck – allows you to request individual or district-wide access if you’re impacted by closures

Tynker – will let you apply to receive their entire curriculum free if you’re impacted by closures

Adobe Spark – project based learning

Free Tools for Schools Dealing with Corona

Amazing Educational Resources

Smore – Free Resources for Teachers

Cool Cat Teacher by Vicki Davis

200+ Cool Tools for Your Classroom by Vicki Davis at Cool Cat Teacher

Helping you plan and continue instruction during the COVID-19 crisis – NewsELA

Google Keep – for helping your students stay organized

Distant Learning Resource Lists

Other Resources

Free Access to WiFi & Broadband from Spectrum: Spectrum will be offering FREE broadband and WiFi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum subscription. This is designed to ensure that all students have access to the internet so they may continue their education during this time. All installation fees will be waived. If you or someone you know can benefit from this service please call 1-844-488-8395.

United Way Capital Region Community COVID-19 Response Fund

Albany County asks consumers to report coronavirus scams – dial 2-1-1 or fill out a report online to report and track scams such as price gouging or false cures for Coronavirus

Victory Christian Church is mobilizing to give school children the subsidized meals they would receive if their school weren’t closed for COVID-19

How You Can Help Others

How You Can Help

Purposity – finds those in need near you

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