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AOE Guidance: Social, Emotional and Mental Health Supports During COVID-19 (pdf)

  • This document provides guidance on social, emotional and mental health, and overall well-being, for both educators and students as Vermont moves to reopen schools for the 2020-21 School Year in the context of COVID-19. The guidance is intended for a wide audience—district and school-level personnel, including administrators, teachers, staff, and local school boards and municipalities; community partners and support service providers; parents; and other education stakeholders.

The Pandemic Toolkit for Parents

  • Eight helpful tips to help families stay regulated during the time of COVID-19.

Midwest PBIS Network COVID-19 Resources

  • A vast collection of resources on the following topics: self-care, family and home, Tier I, Tier II, Tier III, data-based decision making, trauma, anxiety, mental health, grief/loss, etc.

NFI VT COVID-19 Emotional Well-Being Ideas – Dave Melnick (pdf)

Panorama Education

  • SEL and Self-Care resources for educators, schools, and parents related to distance learning and COVID-19, including surveys to help you understand and address the social-emotional learning and wellness needs of your district community.

National Association of School Psychologists COVID-19 Resource Center

  • Crisis and Mental Health Resources for school mental health professionals and crisis teams as well as families, educators, and caregivers. There are also additional resources with regard to additional stakeholders and government.

American Psychological Association Help Center

  • A resource hub featuring information related to psychological issues and COVID-19, as well as general psychological issues affecting your daily physical and emotional well-being.

Start Your Recovery is is aresource for individuals who may be struggling with substance use disorder. Start Your Recovery was developed by bringing together experts in substance use disorder treatment from leading nonprofit, academic, and government institutions. Through this important resource, youth and families can hear stories from people with similar experiences, discover the answers they need for recognizing and dealing with substance use disorder, and locate support.

Vermont Family Network “Puppets in Education” Team: “Home Edition” of the PK-Grade 4 Anxiety Puppet Program (YouTube)

  • Provides some tips and tools for parents and child to use when worry is feeling big. Watch the clip together, talk about worry, and what tools you can use when it feels big.  

Video Series with Dr. Bruce Perry: COVID-19 Stress, Distress & Trauma Series (webpage)

Coping with Uncertainty in Uncertain Times (docx)

Morale Boosters for Staff

  • List of ideas for morale boosters for staff during school closures (some applicable to in-person as well)
  1. Example Spirit Week from Guilford (Google Doc)
  2. Staff Wellness Activities