Districts and School Administrators

The resources provided below will help you equip teachers in your district with the tools they need to promote their and their students’ emotional and physical well-being in both in-person and virtual settings. The list includes webinars, guides, articles, and ready-to-go handouts to share with staff and families.


 CDC Foundation

How Right Now is an initiative to address people’s feelings of grief, loss, and worry during COVID-19. Support for the How Right Now initiative is provided by the CDC Foundation.

 CDC Resources

Information about youth connectedness - an important protective factor for health and well-being.
This resource provides example evaluation questions, indicators, and data sources to help state and local public health and education agencies, school and district administrators, and evaluation professionals monitor and evaluate the implementation and impact of COVID-19 mitigation strategies implemented in K-12 schools on the transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
A guide to recognizing and addressing increased stress in children due to COVID-19.
Download e-cigarette assets for social media, digital display, and print from the Media Campaign Resource Center at CDC.gov/MCRC. Search for “e-cigarettes” to browse the collection.
Order e-cigarette materials from the Publication Catalog and Ordering System, including factsheets in English and in Spanish.
Guidance for recognizing and managing stress from COVID-19.
All students, regardless of ability, should get the recommended 60 minutes or more of daily physical activity. Schools can help all students meet this recommendation by providing equal opportunities for students with disabilities.
Parents for Healthy Schools

Parents for Healthy Schools
A set of resources to assist schools, school groups, and school wellness committees with encouraging parent involvement in school health. Parents for Healthy Schools uses evidence-based strategies for parent engagement.

Parents for Healthy Schools: A Guide for Getting Parents Involved from K-12
A guide that explains how parents can use Resources for Parents for Healthy Schools, which is designed to motivate and educate parents to help create healthy school environments.

Parents for Healthy Schools E-Learning Course
A course that provides resources to motivate and educate parents to be part of creating a healthy school environment.

This toolkit was created to raise awareness about the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) child nutrition waiver extensions, which offer free school meals to all children, regardless of household income, through June 30, 2022. It is a resource for CDC Healthy Schools partners as well as education leaders and stakeholders.
Research brief on how school leaders can improve the overall school environment by strengthening the connection between school nutrition, the social and emotional climate, and social and emotional learning through policies and practices.
Get information, strategies, and resources on addressing the social and emotional climate in schools.
Resources for recognizing stress in yourself, at work, coping and support for children, and support for teens and young adults.
Messages for parents, school staff, and others working with children to use in talking about Coronavirus Disease 2019.

  General Health and Safety

COVID-19 and Asthma Toolkit for Schools
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
School administrators, nurses, and staff can use this toolkit to protect students and staff with asthma, while preventing the spread of the new coronavirus.
A guide created by trusted school health organizations with evidence-informed guidance and operating procedures for keeping school communities mentally and physically safe during reopening.
NASN COVID-19 Reference
National Association of School Nurses
NASN’s COVID-19 Reference contains condensed information and evidence-based references and resources designed to assist school nurses in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic as they formulate nursing judgement and participate in planning and policy development.
Ready-made professional development resources to help school teams implement the WSCC model.
Call the USDA National Hunger Hotline at 1-866-3-HUNGRY or 1-877-8-HAMBRE to speak with a representative who will find food resources such as meal sites, food banks, and other social services available near your location.

  Mental Health and Stress Management

Parent letters and student worksheets that provide structured ways for teachers or parents to introduce SEL concepts to students while they are working at home.
An article with accompanying lessons and activities around managing stress, regulating emotions, and responding positively to setbacks.
Resilience & COVID
Alliance for a Healthier Generation
A series of short webinars around self-care and stress management for educators.
A handout that includes a self-care self-assessment with key strategies for fostering resilience and a self-care planning tool to assist educators in identifying areas of strength and growth related to self-care and developing self-care plans.
A 33-page professional development guide that includes take-home PD activities.
A guide in which CASEL shares a framework with actionable recommendations to help school leadership teams plan for the SEL needs of all students and adults during the upcoming transition into summer and the beginning of the new school year.
A few guided exercises to help build gratitude into your life.
A resource that describes how to recognize and address signs of traumatic stress in children of different ages.
A brief that introduces mindfulness as a strategy for facilitating social and emotional learning in school; explains the potential benefits for both students and educators; provides examples of mindfulness strategies; and lists resources for learning more about mindfulness.

  Distance Learning

Three strategies for addressing the challenges of online discussions.
COVID-19 Remote Learning Resources
Indiana Department of Education
A reource that includes a searchable database of online lessons and activities that can be filtered by grade level and topic.
A list of free and for-purchase online virtual learning platforms.
Free, 1-hour webinar focuses on state-, district-, and school-based strategies, including practicing cultural responsiveness and establishing two-way communication, to support diverse learners and their families during the coronavirus crisis.
Several tools to help educators identify evidence-based distance learning approaches.
A discussion with one of the nation's leading dropout prevention scholars about strategies to keep students engaged during school closures.
WestEd's FAQs around three areas of safety in digital learning environments: securing the digital classroom, how to ensure students display good digital citizenship, and privacy and permissions.

  Physical Activity

Fitness Break Cards
Alliance for a Healthier Generation
Simple, 5-minute physical activity ideas that can help you to keep moving and relieve stress.
Move More Together
American Heart Association
A collection of virtual workouts and streaming events for the family.
Options for implementing both in-school and virtual recess.
Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
A comprehensive text that discusses the proven benefits of physical activity and outlines the amounts and types of physical activity recommended for different ages and populations.