Coronavirus Resources

During this time of uncertainty and challenges related to the rapid spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), please know that the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) is committed to supporting you and your school community. As such, NAESP is making every effort to identify and discuss best practices, and disseminate guidance and resources relevant to school leaders.

CDC Interim Guidance

Department of Education Guidance


NAESP is providing opportunities for principals to connect and learn online with COVID-19 focused webinar series.

Principal(ing) in Place: An Evening to Connect, Learn, and Laugh

Creating an Ideal Week: Building a Schedule That You Run, Not One That Runs You
Thursday, April 2 | 8 p.m. ET
Are you overwhelmed, stressed, and struggling to navigate all of the Zoom meetings, emails, planning, and connecting on the job with the demands at home as well? During this webinar, participants will have time to collaborate, share, and map out an ideal week schedule to support leaders at school and work—while doing it all from home.

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Leading Virtual Learning Communities: Facing the Challenges of COVID-19

Data + Relationships Can Strengthen Your School’s Response to COVID-19
Thursday, April 9 | 2 – 3 p.m. ET
Principals are uniquely positioned to take steps to engage and support students while families shelter at home. This webinar will examine how you can team up with your staff to promote positive conditions of learning – ensuring students and families are physically and emotionally healthy, feel a sense of connection and belonging, and are academically engaged—even in a remote or virtual learning environment. Consider the value of using existing data collected prior to school closure, such as absences, behavior, academics (including special education) and demographics, to target and tailor resources for students and families, especially those facing additional challenges. Register now

The Top 10 Ways for Leaders to Stay Connected
Tuesday, April 14 | 3 – 4 p.m. ET
Is your inbox full and your head spinning trying to determine the best strategies to connect with teachers, students and families? Join principal Liz Garden of the NAESP National Coronavirus Taskforce as she showcases the Top Ten Ways Principals Can Stay Connected during this challenging time. Liz will demonstrate techniques for using Zoom, Google Meet, Twitter, Voxer, Seesaw, Remind, Flipgrid, YouTube, iMovie and Facebook-Facebook Live. You will leave the webinar with tutorial videos, articles, and resources to help you move forward with implementing these tools with your school community. Even if you know a little, register to learn a lot more! Register now

"At-Home" Teaching and Learning in Pre-K–3rd Grade
Tuesday, April 21 | 3 – 4 p.m. ET
Pre-K–12 school districts across the country are leaping into uncharted territory to support students and families as teaching and learning shifts to being at home. This session will provide guidance specifically focused on the early grades (pre-K–3rd grade) since this is a unique developmental period that requires differentiated support from the upper grades, especially during this transition to at-home e-learning. We will focus on two fundamentals that should guide this work: child development and equity. Register now

Other Resources

  • Helping Children Cope With Emergencies
    The guide provides tips for use with children before, during, and after a disaster. From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, available in English and Spanish.
  • COVID-19: Preparing For Widespread Illness in Your School Community
    A brief legal guide for school leaders developed by the National School Boards Association.
  • Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus) A Parent Resource
    Advice for families on how to help children understand Coronavirus and deal with associated anxiety, developed by the National Association of School Psychologists and National Association of School Nurses. Available in both English and Spanish.
  • Apply for No Kid Hungry Emergency Grant Funding
    NAESP partner No Kid Hungry is committing to provide $5 million in emergency grant funding to schools and community groups feeding children during the coronavirus pandemic. Apply now

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CDC Guidance for School Leaders

Crisis Communication Tips

The video below highlights key principles of Crisis & Emergency Risk Communication Guidance (CERC) as identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.