Coronavirus Resources – We are here to help

As we navigate these times together, we offer the following resources for you to review and consider.  Know that NYS PTA is always here to help our children, families, educators, and communities.  If you have specific questions or need specific assistance, please feel free to reach out to us at

Parent/Family Resources

Check out this list of digital mental health resources to support struggling students through the transition to #DistanceLearning from Gaggle

How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus –

Talking to Children About COVID-19: A Parent Resource –

Supporting Children’s Emotional Well-being during the COVID-19 Pandemic –

How to Talk to Your Child About COVID-19 –

Multilingual Resources for Schools on COVID-19 –

National PTA COVID-19 website

Free Instructional Materials and Offers

Smile Therapy – With all the negativity out in the world, Smile Therapy brings the positive to you by sending you inspirational and motivational messages. As part of a new partnership with the NYSPTA, all members can try a Smile Therapy for 30 days for free.

Go Guardian – In response to the recent health concerns of our customers, @goguardian is implementing added support and offering free access to GoGuardian Teacher for impacted schools. Find extra support and tools for your remote learning procedures, here:

Crayola – Watch this At-Home Learning Webinar: Creative Ideas for Parents and Educators: and see Crayola free resource library here:

Smart Science –  Smart Science® Education is aware of the incredible strain the recent events are having on your schools, districts and children. To assist they are offering free 90 days access to all 300 Smart Science® Labs from grades 3-12 (30+ per grade level). Smart Science® Labs are virtual science labs that closely simulate a hands on laboratory experience.  Fill out this form to get FREE Smart Science® Labs now:

myON – Free access to myON digital reading resources for students and families during the current COVID-19 school closures.   Students who are not already reading with their own personalized accounts to the myON literacy environment are welcome to log in through a single, shared account. Go to and click the login button at the top of the screen. Then, enter school name:  New York Reads (begin typing and click on the school from the drop-down menu), Username: read, Password: books

PBS Kids – Check out this daily newsletter:

Remote Learning Tips for Parents – In light of school closures, @natonlinesafety has produced a series of free guides to provide staff/parents/pupils with tips on how to learn remotely, safely

Free Virtual Concerts (per NPR) –

How to Connect Home Literacy Practices to School Literacy Practices (per RIF) –

NYS Department of Health

Free Mental Health Hotline – 1-844-863-9314

Dear Parents and Educators,

Feeling anxiety amid a global pandemic is normal and natural for everyone. As the adults, it’s critical that we take care of our own mental and physical health, and that will help us to better support our young people. NYSED has compiled numerous resources offering guidance for self-care as well as strategies for talking about COVID-19 honestly and effectively with young people.

Please read today’s memo, Resources for Mental Health and Talking to Young People About COVID-19.

COVID-19 website –

New York State on Pause information –

Protect Yourself and Your Family information –

New York State Education Department

COVID-19 website, including guidance for schools –

NYS Center for School Health website –

NYS Unemployment

What you need to know and do about the CARES act regarding unemployment benefits

CDC Resources

COVID-19 website –

Checklist for parents/families and teachers –

Guidance for School Settings –

Interim Guidance for School Administrators –

Communication Email to Leaders:

Dear PTA members and leaders,

We write to you to offer support during these times, and share helpful
resources on COVID19.

The State Education Department (SED) has issued guidance on COVID19 for
schools. You can find that guidance here:

PBS has offered guidance on how to speak with children about the virus here:

The Association of School Psychologists has also offered advice on how to
speak with children here:

We also know many of your schools may be currently closed, or will close in
the future, and realize that you might not be able to conduct necessary PTA
business. That’s ok. The health and wellness of your students, families and
members is most important.

If you have any questions, please reach out to your school district first.
Also know that the state office and your region Director are here to help.
You can reach the state office by calling 518-452-8808 or emailing our
executive director at You can also find the contact
for your Region Director on this page:

These are trying times, so don’t hesitate to reach out to ask for

On behalf of our Governance Team, we are here for you.

Lorey A. Zaman, NYS PTA President