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RES Pandemic COVID Website Image KY CabinetKY Cabinet for Health and Family Services COVID-19 Hotline (800) 722-5725. The COVID-19 hotline is a service operated by the healthcare professionals at the KY Poison Control Center who can provide advice and answer questions.

RES Pandemic COVID Website Image Education WeekResponding to Coronavirus: A Downloadable Guide for Schools (Education Week) – K-12 schools have been hit by cases of novel coronavirus, and it’s likely more will appear. Children, so far, have not been severely affected, but scientists are still working to understand how they might contribute to the disease spreading to more vulnerable populations. 

RES Pandemic COVID Website Image US Department of Education CoronavirusCOVID-19 (“Coronavirus”) Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel (US Dept of Ed) – Health officials are currently taking steps to prevent the introduction and spread of COVID-19 (“Coronavirus”) into communities across the United States. Coronavirus.gov offers the most up to date information about this rapidly evolving situation.

RES Pandemic COVID Website Image KASAKASA Coronavirus Resources (KASA) – Resources include links to websites (including KDE, CDC, CHFS, AASA, KET, USDOE, KSBA, US Dept of Labor, etc.), FAQ’s, NTI Resources, Ted Talks to Help You Understand the Pandemic, Messages, and District Closure Plans and Correspondence.

RES Pandemic COVID Website Image KSBAKSBA Coronavirus Resources (KSBA) – Provided are links to state and national agency resources on coronavirus/COVID-19. Resources include pandemic updates, best practices, emergency planning and legal guidance for districts. New and pertinent information will also be made available by KSBA on Facebook and Twitter.

RES Pandemic COVID Website Image KRS-158.160Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 158.160 – “(2) If any student is known or suspected to have or be infected with a communicable disease or condition for which a reasonable probability for transmission exists in a school setting, the superintendent of the district may order the student excluded from school. The time period the student is excluded from school shall be in accordance with generally accepted medical standards which the superintendent shall obtain from consultation with the student’s physician or the local health officer for the county in which the school district is located. During the presence in any district of dangerous epidemics, the board of education of the school district may order the school closed.”

RES Pandemic COVID Website Image REMSCOVID-19 Web page (REMS) – Find guidance, resources, training, and tools in one centralized location on COVID-19 and infectious disease planning activities. This page is updated on a regular basis in order to provide you with the most up-to-date information. 

RES Pandemic COVID Website Image Boston Children's HospitalBoston Children’s response to COVID (Boston Children’s Hospital) – Information on Covid 19 from hospital experts. Family educational sheets can be downloaded in 4 languages (7 sheets). Also, Dr. Michael Agus, the division chief of Medical Critical Care at Boston Children’s Hospital, talks about the different types of masks used to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and when to use them.

RES Pandemic COVID Website Image Team KY GuidanceGuidance on Safety Expectations and Best Practices for Kentucky Schools (K-12) (KDE) – These safety expectations were written with input from the Education Continuation Task Force as well as the Governor’s Office, Department for Public Health, Kentucky Department of Education, the Cabinet of Education and Workforce Development and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Throughout this process, stakeholders from all areas of education have been engaged to provide input and expertise.

RES Pandemic COVID Website Image CDC Operating SchoolsOperating schools during COVID-19: CDC’s Considerations (CDC) – As communities in the United States consider how to safely re-open K-12 school buildings and in-person services, CDC offers updated considerations for mitigation strategies that K-12 school administrators can use to help protect students, teachers, and staff and slow the spread of COVID-19. 

RES Pandemic COVID Website Image CDC Print ResourcesPrint Resources (CDC) – Print-only materials are developed to support COVID-19 recommendations. All materials are free for download. They may be printed on a standard office printer, or you may use a commercial printer to produce these resources for your school.

RES Pandemic COVID Website Image CDC Promotional MaterialsHealth Promotion Materials (CDC) – Find a variety of resources to help you learn more about keeping hands clean and preventing illnesses. Resources include: social media graphics, printable fact sheets, health promotion campaigns and printable posters, stickers and videos on handwashing.

RES Pandemic COVID Website Image CDC Mask GuidanceGuidance for K-12 School Administrators on the Use of Cloth Face Coverings in Schools – CDC suggests that all school reopening plans address adherence to behaviors that prevent the spread of COVID-19. When used consistently and correctly, along with important mitigation strategies, masks are important to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Non Codified Policies and Guidance

RES Pandemic COVID Website Image KDE Resources Health ServicesCOVID-19 School Resources (KDE) – COVID-19 Resources for Student Health Services Resources Include: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), Public Health Resources, News from Kentucky Department of Education. A quick reference from KDE. 

RES Pandemic COVID Website Image KDE Sample Flu PlanSample Flu Plan (KDE) – SAMPLE FLU/PLAN Response Matrix – Includes Green Light, Yellow Light, and Red Light Mode Universal Precautionary Measures. In this matrix, schools will find guidance steps to take in various situations as they plan for a flu epidemic. 

Mental Health

RES Pandemic COVID Website Image District Administration Mask GuidanceCDC updates K-12 face mask guidance, recommends plan to prevent bullying (District Administration) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidance concerning the use of cloth face masks in K-12 schools. To mitigate the novel coronavirus pandemic, the federal agency recommends people wear cloth face coverings, not face shields, in public settings and when around people who live outside their household, especially when social distancing is difficult to maintain. 

RES Pandemic COVID Website Image KDE Considerations Mental Health WellnessConsiderations for Mental Health and Wellness (KDE) – Educators should continue teaching students the five social and emotional competencies identified by CASEL, which include self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision making, relationship skills and social awareness. Educators, students and families also will need support to ensure mental health and wellness.

RES Pandemic COVID Website Image CDC Talking with ChildrenTalking With Children About Coronavirus Disease (CDC) – Messages for parents, school staff, and others working with children. As public conversations around coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) increase, children may worry about themselves, their family, and friends getting ill with COVID-19.

RES Pandemic COVID Website Image CDC Coping with StressCoronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Stress and Coping (CDC) – The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.

RES Pandemic COVID Website Image SAMHSA Helping Children Cope TraumaTips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event: A Guide for Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers (SAMHSA) – This fact sheet helps parents and teachers recognize common reactions of children after experiencing a disaster or traumatic event. It highlights reactions by age group, offers tips for how to respond in a helpful way, and recommends when to seek support.

RES Pandemic COVID Website Image NASP Helping Children CopeHelping Children Cope with Changes Resulting from COVID (NASP) – Families across the country are adapting to the evolving changes in daily life caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Most schools and nonessential businesses are closed, and parents and other caregivers are faced with helping their families adjust to the new normal.

RES Pandemic COVID Website Image NASP School Suicide PreventionComprehensive School Suicide Prevention in a Time of Distance Learning (NASP) – If you are currently dealing with a suicidal child or adolescent consider contacting the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK or the Crisis Text Line, which can be reached by texting “HOME” to 741741. If you think a youth is at immediate risk of suicide, call 911 immediately for help. Ensure the entire school community is aware of these suicide prevention resources.

RES Pandemic COVID Website Image NASP Virtual School Suicide Assessment ChecklistPreparing for Virtual School Suicide Assessment Checklist (NASP) – This checklist is designed to complement the guidance offered in Comprehensive School Suicide Prevention in a Time of Distance Learning and to stimulate thinking about preparing to provide school suicide intervention via telehealth. It should not supplant, nor is it a substitute for, approved school district protocols.

RES Pandemic COVID Website Image NASP Helping Children CopeHelping Children Cope (CDC) – Children and teens react, in part, on what they see from the adults around them. When parents and caregivers deal with the COVID-19 calmly and confidently, they can provide the best support for their children. Parents can be more reassuring to others around them, especially children, if they are better prepared.

RES Pandemic COVID Website Image NCTSN Trauma Informed School StrategiesTrauma-Informed School Strategies During COVID-19 (NCTSN) – Provides trauma-informed school strategies in response to COVID-19. This fact sheet offers information on the physical and emotional well-being of staff, creating a trauma-informed learning environment, identifying and assessing traumatic stress, addressing and treating traumatic stress, trauma education and awareness, partnerships with students and families, cultural responsiveness, emergency management and crisis response, and school discipline policies and practices.

Coronavirus Resources Page (KCSS) – This document includes links to resources to help plan, prepare, and respond to coronavirus disease from Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Kentucky Department of Education, CDC and others. Also find resources on Internet use, cyber-bullying, mental health issues, hotlines, and gun safety and more.