Parent Resources COVID-19

State Health Department issues guidance on who is healthy enough to be in school

The State Health Department issued a document to help parents, school employees and school officials make decisions regarding who belongs in school when symptoms associated with COVID-19 arise. The Pre-K to Gr 12 COVID-19 Toolkit includes many decision trees with green and red arrows.


The DOE stared Wellness Wednesdays NYC to help students and families learn skills and habits that can promote physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Each Wellness Wednesday will focus on a different theme. We encourage students, parents, and caregivers to do these activities alone or together to help support well-being. Try to achieve modest goals to stay healthy, focused, and ready to learn, no matter where learning takes place. Stay active. Stay healthy.

Last year, DOE announced our partnership with National University System’s Sanford Harmony program to provide all elementary schools with access to a social-emotional curriculum. During remote learning, Sanford Harmony is offering families access to Harmony at Home, an online toolkit that provides a variety of lessons, activities, and resources to help caregivers navigate the social and emotional needs of children during this difficult time.

Get Help for Stress, Mental Health

This outbreak may be stressful for you, your loved ones and your friends. It is natural to feel overwhelmed, sad, anxious and afraid, or to experience other symptoms of distress, such as trouble sleeping.

If symptoms of stress become overwhelming, you can connect with trained counselors at NYC Well, a free and confidential mental health support service.

Families also have access to confidential mental health information through NYC Well’s wellness hotline. NYC Well is staffed by trained social workers 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year, and interpretation services are offered for 200+ languages. To access the services, families, can text "WELL" to 65173, call 1-888-NYC-WELL (692-9355).