Education and Parenting During COVID-19

Illinois Department of Public Health

Decisions for Symptomatic Individuals in Pre-K, K-12, and Day Care Programs (January 4, 2021)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for Schools – Additional Guidance (January 4, 2021)

Association of Community Mental Health Authorities of IL
COVID-19 Children's Behavioral Health Toolkit
Webinar on Children's Mental Health during COVID-19


The U. S. Department of Education has issued multiple documents regarding COVID-19.  These include a Q & A document on Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During the COVID-19 Outbreak.


Questions and Answers on Providing Services to Children with Disabilities during the Coronavirus

Addressing the Risk of COVID-19 in Schools While Protecting the Civil Rights of Students

 Addressing the Risk of COVID-19 in Preschool, Elementary and Secondary Schools While Serving Children with Disabilities           


The Illinois State Board of Education is providing information on school closings and services for children in Illinois.   


ISBE Remote Learning Recommendations:                     


The Comprehensive Center Network has organized a list of resources for continuity of learning that are from a federally- or state-funded source, a reputable nonprofit, a source with public name recognition, or is endorsed by an expert.


The Great Lakes Equity Center in Indianapolis has developed a center statement on COVID-19 Pandemic Resources & Support and offers information on Equity Considerations for Online & Distance Learning.         


The Child Mind Institute notes that with family life and schooling disrupted by the coronavirus, they are hearing from many parents that their children with ADHD are struggling. They say remote learning can be especially hard for kids with attention issues and that being stuck in the house can be challenging for extremely active kids. They say that kids with ADHD may have trouble managing emotions like frustration and disappointment without acting out.  They are sharing suggestions from their ADHD experts on how to provide extra support and structure to help kids with ADHD focus and manage their behavior at a time that’s stressful for everyone. is a website created by more than 30 disability and education groups to be a one-stop shop of teaching resources.  This site includes guidance on how teachers can deliver online lessons to students with special education needs.  There is also guidance on conducting online IEP meetings.  The site is free and available to all.                      


The IRIS Center has created a module on reliable, easy-to understand resources to support children’s learning at home.  Parents: Supporting Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic offers practical tools and easy-to-implement strategies to help:

  • Clarify what is and (perhaps just as importantly) what is not a parent’s role during school shutdowns
  • Prepare for at-home learning
  • Support your child’s learning
  • Promote your child’s social and emotional wellbeing
  • Support your child if he or she is struggling or has a disability



Learning Ally is offering free home-based distance learning activities to encourage reading in students from preschool through high school.
Learning Ally Distance Learning Resources


Khan Academy is archiving webinars on how to motivate kids to learn and how to schedule and balance a day with multiple kids in the household on their YouTube channel.


Speech Buddy has 6 Free Online Speech Therapy Resources for Kids


The U.S. Department of Education has issued fact sheets about virtual IEP meetings.


Equip for Equality
Resources on Remote Learning and the Education of Children with Disabilities


NAPT-National Association for Pupil Transportation, National Association of Directors of Pupil Transportation Services, and NSTA-National School Transportation Association
Guidelines, Tactics, and Templates-A Reopening Plan Resource for School Transportation Professionals
(Students with disabilities are addressed in this document starting on page 23.)