Alliance Statement on COVID-19 (Posted March 23, 2020)
“The School-Based Health Alliance is closely monitoring the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on school-based health centers (SBHCs) across the nation. As this situation is rapidly evolving, we advise SBHCs to seek up to date operational and communications guidance from their sponsoring agency, school district and local public health authorities.”
Listening and Learning Series
Thank you to those who participated in our SBHC COVID-19 Listening and Learning Sessions!
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If you are an SBHC clinician or administrator and you would like to join our Basecamp group to communicate with peers to share strategies and resources, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Well-Being Series: Connections During COVID-19: Mental Wellness Webinars For Families & Educators (ongoing + archived webinars and resources)
School-based health centers provide primary care, dental and behavioral health care to students nationwide. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced schools to close which may leave students without this much needed care. The Weitzman Institute and the School-Based Health Alliance are partnering together to bring guidance and information focusing on leadership, experience, and telehealth strategies to support a virtual school based health center model.
Field Articles, Stories, and Blog Posts
- “What Happens to School-Based Health Care When Schools Close?”
- “Philanthropy and the long game: from stepping up to stretching out”
- School-Based Health Centers in the Time of COVID-19
Center for Federal and State Policy Changes
- Center Medicare and Medicaid Programs Policy and Regulatory Revisions in response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
- Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Coronavirus Waivers and Flexibilities
- Check the Center for Connected Health Policy Website for COVID-19 policy updates.
- Managing Now for a BETTER Tomorrow (The University of Maryland School of Social Work’s Institute of Innovation and Implementation): This collection of resources outlines COVID-19 telehealth Medicaid expansions, HIPAA-Compliant technology, and NWIC and FOCUS guidance.
Letters to Congress
- American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) led letter urging Congressional leadership to include the VACCINES Act in the next COVID-related legislative package.
- Coalition for Community Schools led letter urging Congress to prioritize the nation’s lowest-income communities as well as the communities most affected by the pandemic by significantly increasing funding for the Full-Service Community Schools program to reach and support this vulnerable population.
- National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) led letter urging Congress to create a loan repayment program for public health professionals who serve two years in a state, local or tribal health department.
- School-Based Health Alliance COVID-19 Request
- April 22, 2020 School Health Providers COVID-19 Request to Congress
- Families USA Letter to Congress
National School-Based Health Center Sponsors (with Resources on COVID-19)
- American Hospital Association
- Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations
- National Association Community Health Centers
- National Resource Center
- National Association of City and County Health Officials
School and SBHC Re-entry
- Ready Schools, Safe Learners
- Guidance for Oregon’s School-Based Health Centers for 2020-2021 School Reopening
- OSPI Reopening Washington Schools 2020 District Planning Guide
- Behavioral Health Impacts after COVID-19 Shelter-at-Home Orders:
What to Expect and Ways to Prepare for the Return to School
- Guidance for Washington SBHC 2020-2021 School Reopening
- A PLAN TO SAFELY REOPEN AMERICA’S SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITIES
- School Reentry Considerations
- COVID-19: Preparing For Widespread Illness in Your School Community A Legal Guide for School Leaders
- COVID-19: Preparing For Widespread Illness in Your School Community A Legal Guide for School Leaders – A companion guide to Fostering Safer Schools
- CASEL: AN INITIAL GUIDE TO LEVERAGING THE POWER OF SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING AS YOU PREPARE TO REOPEN AND RENEW YOUR SCHOOL COMMUNITY
- CDC Guidance on School Re-Openings
- Considerations for K-12 Schools: Readiness and Planning Tool
- Maintaining Childhood Immunizations and Well-Child Care During COVID-19 Pandemic
- Plan Ahead to Support the Transition- back of Students, Families, and Staff
- COVID-19 Planning Considerations: Return to In-person Education in Schools
- PANDEMIC RECOVERY CONSIDERATIONS: Re-Entry and Reopening of Schools
- Restart and Recovery: Considerations for Teaching and Learning
- Playbook for Healthy School Community
- How K-12 Schools Should Prepare for Reopening During the 2020-21 Academic Year: An Equity Checklist
- CASEL: Reunite, Renew and Thrive: SEL Roadmap for Reopening School
School Health & School Personnel Resources
- AASA School Superintendent Association has compiled resources on COVID-19 including CDC guidance, fact sheets, and communication tools.
- CDC Schools & Child Care Recommendations for before and during and outbreak (COVID-19 specific).
- Child Trends and EMT Associates COVID-19/Pandemic Planning Resource: Outlines the text of state statutes and regulations for forty-nine states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
- Coalition for Community Schools: COVID-19 Community School Resources. Consider signing up for their State Coalition Listserv to connect to local and state efforts.
- COVID-19 (“Coronavirus”) Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel: The US Department of Education compiled a collection of documents to support schools and school staff.
- National Association of School Nurses has provided comprehensive resources on COVID-19 such as teaching families and their students about the pandemic, talking points for school nurses, and guidance for school principals and superintendents.
- National Association of School Psychologists has included a COVID-19 Resource Center which includes guidance, information, and resources for special education, crisis and mental health, families and educators, and professional and credential preparation during this time.
- National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement’s website highlights several resources for how to navigate the pandemic while focusing students’ grief.
- National Center for School Mental Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine have accumulated resources and tips for handling the global pandemic.
- Visit the EducationWeek website for up to date coverage of important K-12 news, information, and policy.
- SAMHSA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources
- National Child Traumatic Stress Network
- National Council for Behavioral Health’s Resources and Tools for Addressing Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- CHLA NATIONAL CENTER FOR SCHOOL CRISIS AND BEREAVEMENT: COVID-19 PANDEMIC RESOURCES
- American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Resources: School Counseling During COVID-19
- Second Step
- The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) COVID-19 resources
- Trauma-Informed School Strategies during COVID-19: 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.
- School Mental Health Crisis Leadership Lessons
- Adapting Trauma-Informed Practices to a Virtual Environment
Social Media Pages to Follow
- Official School-Based Health Alliance Twitter Page: Follow us on Twitter to receive updates, information, and resources related to COVID-19 and other Alliance projects throughout the year.
- Official School-Based Health Alliance Facebook Page: Like us on Facebook to receive updates, information, and resources related to COVID-19 and other Alliance projects throughout the year.
- Official CCHP Twitter Page: This is a link to the Center for Connected Health Policy official Twitter page.
- Official CDC Twitter Page: This is a link to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) official Twitter page.
- Official WHO Twitter Page: This is a link to the World Health Organization official Twitter page.
Symptom & Intervention Resources
- CDC Coronavirus Symptoms: This page outlines symptoms, how to protect yourself and what to do it you are sick from COVID-19.
- CDC Daily Updates on Cases in the US: This page provides daily updates on COVID-19 cases in the US at a national and state level.
- CDC Guidance on COVID-19 for schools, workplaces, and community locations: Outlines how to prepare and take action for COVID-19 for all members of the community.
- Guidance on COVID-19 for health care professionals: This website focuses on how to care for and protect patients as well as workers.
- CDC Recommendations on Caring for Children and tips on keeping children healthy while school is out.
- CDC Share Facts about COVID-19 Fact Sheet: The CDC outlines five facts in order to dispel rumors circulating regarding COVID-19.
- Implementation of Mitigation Strategies for Communities: CDC guidelines for ways to combat COVID-19 on the individual-level, community-level, and public health-level.
- WHO Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Pandemic Page: For the latest information on the international pandemic
- COVID GUIDANCE: Screening for Suicide Risk during Telehealth Visits
- Providing Suicide Care During COVID-19
- Frequently Asked Questions for Hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals regarding EMTALA
- CMS Risk Adjustment FAQ on COVID-19 April 27, 2020
- School-Based Telemedicine Webinar series
- School-Based Telemedicine: Improving Access and Outcomes
- General Provider Telehealth and Telemedicine Tool Kit
- State Medicaid & CHIP Telehealth Toolkit
- COVID-19 Telehealth Toolkit
- Telehealth Essentials Checklist Trainings
- Telehealth Etiquette Video Series
- Quick Start Guide to Telehealth
- FQHC Webinar series 3–Telehealth and Mental/Behavioral Health
- SBHA Telehealth Recommendations for Education Partners
- Providing Adolescent Centered Virtual Care
- Telehealth Program Developer Kit
- Adolescent Sexual Health Telemedicine Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- The Fenway Institute coronavirus, COVID-19, and Considerations for People Living with HIV and LGBTQIA+ People (PDF)
- COVID-19 Health Literacy Project provides accessible COVID-19 information in over 30 languages in collaboration with Harvard Health Publishing
- Medical Legal Partnership Tip Sheet: 8 Things Every Medical-Legal Partnership Can Do Right Now to Respond to COVID-19
- Promising Health Center Practices during COVID-19