COVID-19 Educational Resources for Students, Teachers, Parents & Guardians

COVID-19 Educational Resources

You are not alone. At the Education Foundation of Sarasota County, we want to support you by providing resources that are helpful while navigating this unprecedented time together. We will continue to update, so check back often.

We encourage all teachers, families, mentors, and care givers to be critical consumers and to carefully review each resource before using with students to ensure alignment to identified teaching and learning goals and age appropriateness.  All lessons and resources are supplemental to the Sarasota County Schools curriculum.

If we’re missing something, or you’d like to share a resource, please email us at info@edfoundationsrq.org

Local & Federal Resources

County School Information

For the Teachers

  • Casel Cares – SEL Resources – A new initiative that connects the SEL community with experts to address how SEL can be most helpful in response to today’s circumstances.
  • Common Sense Education – Essential Digital Citizenship Lessons for the Coronavirus Pandemic
  • Common Sense Education – How to Find Great Learning Resources for Your Students During School Closures
  • Florida Department of Education – Florida Virtual School Offering School Districts Teacher Training to Prepare for Online Learning Environment in the Event of School Closures
  • Google Education – Explore Distance Learning Resources for Schools Affected by COVID-19
  • Left Brain, Craft Brain – 28 Days of STEM and STEAM Activities for kids
  • Panorama Education – Virtual Learning for Educators, Students and Families
  • Selma Online – A teaching platform that uses scenes from Ava DuVernay’s Selma as a storyboard to bring the voting rights movement to life and invite the next generation to walk in the footsteps of the civil rights crusaders. Designed in partnership with Left Field Labs and the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance program.
  • Virtual Teacher Training for COVID-19
  • Wide Open School – A free collection of the best online learning experiences for kids curated by the editors at Common Sense.

For Students & Families

  • ABCMouse: Award-Winning Online Curriculum for Kids – Free Online Access Available
  • Audible: While School is on Pause, Kids Listen Free
  • BrainPOP: Make Any Room a Classroom – Free Online Access Available
  • Common Sense – Free Online Events and Activities for Kids at Home
  • Common Sense – Navigate social distancing and school closures with quality media and at-home learning opportunities for your kids.
  • Florida Department of Education – Family Resources – In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance, schools throughout Florida and the United States are on extended breaks in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. The Florida Department of Education has compiled a list of free resources, offered by state and federal agencies, private companies, and non-profit organizations to help school districts, colleges, educators and families ensure continuity of learning during this time.
  • Great YouTube Channels for Middle Schoolers and High Schoolers for Learning from Home
  • Illustrative Mathematics – Links to Math Resources for Caregivers
  • Khan Academy: Age-Appropriate Daily Schedule Template
  • NASA: Explore STEM Resources for K-12
  • National Geographic Science Lab
  • OnePass – ONEPass is a partnership with Sarasota County Libraries and SCS to provide students and staff with access to digital library.
  • The Ringling – The Ringling Museum has put together a list of art projects younger kids could do as an “art class” while at home.
  • Scholastic – Thousands of grab-and-go lesson plans, unit plans, discussion guides, extension activities, and other teaching ideas.
  • Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading – 2020 Suncoast Summer Reading Challenge
  • Thomas B. Fordham Institute – Smiling Through: 32 Resources for Entertaining Energetic Preschoolers during Daycare and Preschool Closures
  • Teach Rock – TeachRock Distance Learning Packs put students in the driver’s seat for music! Curated from the free lesson plans at TeachRock.org, standards-aligned Learning Packs feature embedded multimedia resources, student-led activities, and plentiful opportunities to communicate and collaborate, even in a remote situation!
  • UF EQuIPD Remote Learning Resources
  • WEDU At-Home Learning – WEDU and PBS are here to support teachers, students and families during these challenging times. To help address the need for quality distance learning resources, this page has been updated with information about a new statewide PBS initiative to broadcast weekday At-Home Learning programming for school-age groups on WEDU along with standards-driven lesson plans from PBS LearningMedia that correlate with each broadcast.

Talking to Your Kids

We know the news around the coronavirus can feel frightening for kids and adults alike and we hope you find the following resources helping in talking about this pandemic with your kids.

  • BrainPOP: Resources for Kids – Coronavirus
  • CDC: Talking with Children about Coronavirus Disease 2019
  • Greater Good Magazine – How to Help Teens Shelter in Place
  • NPR: Just for Kids – A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus
  • PBS: How to Talk to your Kids about Coronavirus