3/20: The Latest Resources on COVID-19 and Texas Education

Posted by Texas OnCourse on Mar 20, 2020 3:25:15 PM

In this post, find the latest vetted headlines and helpful, trustworthy resources as you navigate distance learning and counseling. 

Landing Pages for Coronavirus Updates

Most education agencies, associations, and service providers have dedicated webpages to communicate COVID-19 updates. We have gathered these for you below, and we suggest you bookmark and refer to them daily:

Texas Education Agency
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Support and Guidance

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
Coronavirus Update for Higher Education

U.S. Department of Education
COVID-19 ("Coronavirus") Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel

Texas Counseling Association
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

American School Counseling Association
ASCA Update: COVID-19

Texas Association of School Administrators
Resources & Information Related to COVID-19

College Board
SAT Coronavirus Updates 
AP Updates for Schools Impacted by Coronavirus 

ACT
April 2020 National Exam COVID-19 

Common App
Options for helping applicants impacted by the Coronavirus 

Texas COVID-19-Related Education Updates

Texas Meal Finder (TEA)
We know a lot of you are worried about your students getting their basic needs met. This meal finder map for Texas students enables parents to locate facilities serving meals in their communities. The link above brings you directly to the School Meal Finder app. TEA also has more information about this effort.

Cancellation of STAAR Testing for the Remainder of the School Year (TEA)
This notice from TEA, issued Wednesday, includes information on grade advancement for students in fifth and eighth grades. It gives administrators flexibility to base advancement decisions on teacher recommendations, students grades, and other relevant academic information.

Updated Assessment Questions – March 19 (TEA)
This FAQ, updated March 19, includes TEA’s responses to common questions about disruptions to assessments.

Resources for Distance Learning and Counseling

Upcoming Virtual College Admissions Events (Open source)
This crowd-sourced Google Sheet includes up-to-date info on which colleges are holding virtual admissions. College and university staff share their virtual offerings so that counselors across the country can share with students.

2020 ASCA POP UP Webinar: Ethical Considerations- School Counseling in a Virtual Setting (ASCA)
Save the date: the American School Counseling Association is hosting a webinar on Monday, March 23, on maintaining ethically and legally sound practices when counseling online.

NCAN Member Forum - Responding to a Global Pandemic (NCAN)
This Dropbox file is a recording of a webinar NCAN held March 19.

Resources for Parents

What to do with your kids when schools are canceled (Vox)
Tested tips from a true pro – a homeschooling mother – on how to keep the family occupied during school closures.

Stress Management and Self Care

Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
This pamphlet includes tips and resources for managing stress during a pandemic.

Finding Community 

Don’t forget to stay connected in these trying times. Here are some ways:

  • Connect with your colleagues across the state in our Facebook group.
  • We’ll be broadcasting weekly live videos on our Facebook page, running down the latest news or addressing your biggest concerns.
  • If you have questions or suggestions on ways we can help you support your students on their postsecondary futures via remote delivery, please email us. 

Topics: Educators, Coronavirus