Coronavirus: ELL and Multilingual Resources for Schools
These resources can help schools and communities partner more effectively with multilingual families. We also include information about how schools can best serve English learners during school closures. We'll update this page as new resources becomes available.
Photo: The CDC's Emergency Operations Center assists public health partners in responding to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.
School Responses to COVID-19: Serving ELLs and Immigrant Students
How can schools and districts ensure that ELLs and their families are included in all communications and school closure plans related to COVID-19?
- Distance Learning for ELLs: Guide and Resources
- School Responses to COVID-19: ELL/Immigrant Considerations
- Communicating with ELLs and Their Families During School Closures
- Distance Learning for ELLs: Privacy Considerations
- COVID-19 School Closures: Supporting English Learners During the COVID-19 Pandemic (American Federation of Teachers)
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
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Coronavirus Resource Center
This resource center is now available in multiple languages.
Fact sheets and poster center
Coronavirus fact sheets are now available in multiple languages.
More resources from the CDC
Updates and Information
- Responding to Coronavirus: A Downloadable Guide for Schools
- 9 Things Educators Need to Know About Coronavirus
- Coronavirus and School Closures: What Are the Legal, Logistical Issues?
- Map: Coronavirus and School Closures (Education Week)
- How to Deploy School Nurses During Coronavirus (If You Have Them) (Education Week)
- Children and Coronavirus: 4 Questions Answered (Education Week)
- Shut Down Schools Scramble to Feed Students
- Are Children Less Likely To Contract The Coronavirus? Here's What We Know. (Yahoo News)
- Schools prepare for the coronavirus (The Washington Post)
- Novel Coronavirus Coverage (PBS NewsHour)
American Federation of Teachers
- Coronavirus Overview and Update
- Coronavirus: How healthcare workers can prepare
- Coronavirus: How teachers and school staff can prepare
- Preparing for COVID-19 School Closure: Checklist for Distance Learning
More resources for educators
- Coronavirus Resources for Schools (Association of California School Administrators)
- COVID-19 ("Coronavirus") Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel (U.S. Department of Education)
- Public Health Seattle and King County: Coronavirus 2019-nCov Update (Seattle Public Schools)
- Schools and Coronavirus: What You Need to Know (National Education Association)
- A Mini Clearinghouse on Coronavirus, Created by Two School Librarians (School Library Journal)
It's important that schools share accurate information about coronavirus with all school staff and families, including families of English learners. These resources include multilingual fact sheets and infographics.
- Coronavirus: Multilingual Infographics (Orange County Health Care Agency)
- Coronavirus: Fact sheets and infographics in multiple languages (Orange County, NC)
- Coronavirus Alert Sign: English, Spanish, and Chinese-Simplified (California Department of Public Health)
- Coronavirus: Explainer graphics in English (Partners in Health)
- Coronavirus: Staying Healthy (American Federation of Teachers)
FAQs and fact sheets
- Coronavirus: Resources in Multiple Languages (Minnesota Department of Health)
- Coronavirus: FAQ for Parents in English and Spanish (KidsHealth)
- Coronavirus: Fact sheets in 24 languages (Ontario, Canada)
- Coronavirus: Fact sheets in 11 languages (Washington State)
- Coronavirus: Multilingual Updates (San Francisco Department of Public Health)
- Coronavirus: Resources and Updates (New York City Department of Public Health)
- Coronavirus: Fact Sheet in English and Nepali (Government of Nepal, via Google Docs)
- CDC Coronavirus video: Somali (YouTube)
- CDC Coronavirus video: ASL (YouTube)
- Minnesota Public Health: How to Wash Your Hands in multiple languages (YouTube)
School district updates in multiple languages
- Coronavirus Parent Letters in Multiple Languages (New York City Department of Education)
- Coronavirus: District Updates in English and Spanish (Los Angeles Unified School District)
- Coronavirus Updates in English, Spanish and Creole (Miami Dade County)
- Coronavirus Updates in Multiple Languages (Montgomery County Public Schools, MD)
Health, safety, and basic needs: Considerations for immigrant families
It's important to keep in mind some immigrant families may not have access to medical care, insurance, or sick leave. In addition, lost wages in the event of school or business closures, along with reduced access to school meals for children, may have a significant impact on families' stability. Learn more from the following:
There are reports in schools of bullying and discrimination in relation to the coronavirus. The Seattle Public School District posted this statement on its website:
"We are aware of reports that some of our Asian students have been targeted and discriminated against in connection to COVID-19. This is unacceptable and contrary to our values of racial equity and social justice. In SPS we are committed to welcoming, safe, and inclusive schools, and we do not tolerate hate speech or acts of discrimination. Help us prevent discrimination or stigmatization by sharing accurate information. COVID-19 infection is not connected to any race, ethnicity, or nationality."
An update to the statement reads, "We also ask everyone to be mindful that although novel coronavirus started in China, having Chinese ancestry — or any other Asian ancestry — does not place a person at higher risk for this illness. You can help keep our schools safe for everyone by sharing accurate information with your children and fellow community members."
- Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus (NPR)
- Coronavirus student guide: Virus explainer and news updates (PBS NewsHour Extra, courtesy of BrainPOP)
- Coronavirus: What Students Should Know (PBS NewsHour Extra)
- Coronavirus Lesson Plans and Resources (ShareMyLesson)
- CNN 10: Ongoing Coverage of Coronavirus (CNN)
- Current Events Podcasts about Coronavirus (Listenwise – registration required)
- Coronavirus: Explainer graphics (Partners in Health)
Resources for families
- Coronavirus and Missing School: What to Say and Do If Your Child Has to Stay Home (Understood)
- Coronavirus and Helping Kids: FAQs on Handwashing, Anxiety, and More (Understood)
- How to Talk to Your Kids About the Coronavirus (HealthLine)
- How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus (PBS Parents)
- Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource (National Association of School Psychologists)
- Coronavirus: Resources for Educators, Families and Kids (PBS)
- Fred Rogers Talks About Tragic Events in the News (PBS Parents)
- What To Say To Kids When The News Is Scary (NPR)
How you can help
Learn how you can help families impacted by COVID-19 school closures, lay-offs, and medical emergencies. You may be able to find more information about local organizations working in your community.
In addition, the following organizations are coordinating medical support and donations: