SSWAA Resources
  • 1.

    Webinar - COVID-19 Health Crisis Getting through this together: School Social Work in a Changing Landscape. (View PowerPoint)

  • 2.

    SSWAA Position Paper - SSWAA Response to COVID-19 Health Crisis and the Role of School Social Workers

  • 3.

    SSWAA Covid-19 FAQ Qualifiers

  • 4.

    SSWAA Covid-19 FAQ

  • 5.

    SSWAA Resolution Statement: School Social Workers' Role in Addressing Students' Mental Health Needs and Increasing Academic Achievement

  • 6.

    SSWAA Resolution Statement: The Impact of School Social Workers during the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • 7.

    SSWAA's Position Paper on School Reopening Priorities and Guidelines during the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • 8.

    SSWAA's Position Paper on Telehealth

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources
  • 1.

    Q&A on Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Outbreak

  • 2.

    Student Privacy Policy Office FERPA & Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) March 2020

  • 3.

    OSEP 2016 Guidance on Virtual Schools

  • 4.

    NASW - Coronavirus Resources for Social Workers

  • 5.

    CDC - Guidance for School Settings Before and During an Outbreak

  • 6.

    Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities - K-12 Virtual Instruction Accessibility

  • 7.

    Text, Talk, Set to Go, teachers can bring the conversation into virtual classrooms to help students prepare for college and the workforce. 

  • 8.

    OCR Announces Notification of Enforcement Discretion for Telehealth Remote Communications During the Covid-19 Nationwide Public Health Emergency

  • 9.

    Ethical Exceptions for Social Workers in Light of the COVID-19 Pandemic and Physical Distancing

  • 10.

    Audible offering free audiobooks for kids during COVID-19 Pandemic

  • 11.


    Supporting and reassuring children around the world

  • 12.

    Taking Care of your Family during Coronavirus Fact Sheet

  • 13.

    Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with COVID-19

  • 14.

    Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus

  • 15.

    Talking to Teens & Tweens about Coronavirus

  • 16.

    5 Resources for At Home Learning During Coronavirus

  • 17.

    Time to Come In, Bear: A Children's Story About Social Distancing

  • 18.

    Quick Tips for Schools Providing Mental Health Support Online During COVID-19

  • 19.

    National Center for School Crisis & Bereavement: COVID-19 Pandemic Resources

  • 20.

    Coalition to Support Grieving Students

  • 21.

    School Social Work Net

    COVID-19: Schools are Shut Down. Providing School Mental Health Supports Online.

  • 22.

    Coalition to Support Grieving Students

  • 23.

    VIDEO: Social Distancing Explained by KIDS!

  • 24.

    COVID-19: Schools are Shut Down. Providing School Mental Health Supports Online

  • 25.

    Supporting Our Kids From a Distance: Tools and Strategies to Provide SEL & SpEd Services

  • 26.

    Supporting Grieving Students During a Pandemic guidance for Coalition website

  • 27.

    Human Rights Campaign: "A New Resource for School Social Workers on Supporting LGBTQ Youth During the Covid-19 Pandemic

  • 28.

    NYSSSWA - "It Takes a Team:  the Important Role of School Social Workers, Especially During COVID-19"

  • 29.

    Notice. Talk. Act. @School

    for Distance Learning During Covid-19

  • 30.

    Virtual Memorials During the Covid-19 Pandemic

  • 31.

    NASW - Telemental Health Informed Consent

  • 32.

    Four Core Priorities for Trauma-Informed Distance Learning

  • 33.

    COVID-19: 15 Educator Considerations (YouTube Video)

  • 36.

    OSEP COVID-19 Questions & Answers: 
    Implementation of IDEA Part B Provision of Services

  • 37.

    Office for Civil Rights: Policy Guidance Portal

  • 38.

    With Stress in Schools Increasing, Simple Strategies to Stay Calm

  • 39.

    Videos to Share Through Telehealth

  • 40.

    Restructuring California Schools to Address Barriers to Learning and Teaching in the COVID‑19 Context and Beyond

  • 41.

    How grief training is helping educators manage pandemic-related trauma in schools

  • 42.

    Notice. Talk. Act. At Home: Resource to Help Parents and Caregivers Stay Mentally Healthy through the Public Health Emergency

  • 43.

    Navigating Special Education Evaluations for Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • 46.

    Schoolwide SEL: Youth Voice and Engagement

  • 47.

    Student Engagement Strategies that go Beyond Zoom

  • 48.

    Elevate Student Voice From CASEL

  • 49.

    Child Abductors Potentially Using Social Media or Social Networks to Lure Victims In Lieu of an In-Person Ruse

  • 51.

    NASW - Spring 2021 Practice Perspectives 

    Virtual Assessment of Students When Out of View


Rebecca K. Oliver

Last spring, SSWAA chose a theme for the 2019-2020 school year which was tied to School Social Work Week in early March and the 23rd National Conference originally scheduled for mid-March.  Our national theme:  “BEACON OF HOPE:  School Social Workers – Lighting the Way” has certainly been applicable in recent days.  The last few weeks have been evolving quickly around the COVID-19 health crisis.  We have all been in uncharted waters!  Things have been stormy, rough, and uncertain.  Now, more than ever, School Social Workers have the opportunity to be “Beacons of Hope” to students, families, and their school communities. #BeaconofHope

The COVID-19 health crisis has consumed much space on social media and in newscasts.  Many of us have developed a new set of terms and vocabulary as the situation has evolved.  We have learned terms like Epidemic/Pandemic, Self-Quarantine, Social Distancing, Shelter-in-Place/Stay-at-Home/Healthy at Home orders, and Flattening the Curve.

As School Social Workers always do, we come at this situation with resilience, positivity, and from a strengths perspective.  While individuals are called to practice social distancing, increasing their distance from other humans, we can cling to our humanity caring for others and caring for ourselves.  While we are cooperative with efforts to flatten the curve, we do not need to flatten our smiles and our optimism.  And, while an epidemic is a widespread infectious disease, School Social Workers can spread widely resources and hope.  #SpreadHope #KeepingourHumanity

SSWAA is committed to continue to support our members by curating resources, offering trainings, and encouraging our members and fellow professionals as we press on during the upcoming weeks and months.  #TeamSSWAA

SSWAA will be sending weekly update emails to members with our efforts and updated resources.  If you are not a member of SSWAA we invite you to join!  Also, feel free to check back frequently to see what resources and tools have been added.

We stand with you!  SSWAA believes that School Social Workers will continue to shine their light through these challenging and unknown times, and we look to come out of this situation stronger and more committed to our vital work.  #SSWCommunity

#BeaconofHope #SpreadHope #KeepingourHumanity #TeamSSWAA #SSWCommunity


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