Below is FCAAP’s compilation of resource materials for parents on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. This list is updated as new information becomes available.
FCAAP Recommendations Regarding Schools During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Click here for FCAAP’s current white paper guidance on re-opening schools, updated November 23, 2020.
To view the revisions published October 20, 2020, click here.
To view the revisions published September 11, 2020, click here.
To view the first edition published July 28, 2020, click here.
BACK TO SCOL: A Guide for Families Choosing Whether to Send Their Child Back to School or Learn From Home
The Back-to-Safe Communities of Learning (SCOL) Decision Guide was designed with and for parents of children with special healthcare needs (CSHCN). While children have already started school – the options for parents are changing. Parents of CSCHN are struggling to make difficult decisions about how to keep their children safe and learning. With guidance from public-health experts, parents, and health providers across the country– the Stanford Health Literacy Lab has designed this interactive, educational Guide for Parents of CYSCHN, to help parents make sense of these back-to-school decisions. The Back-to-Safe Communities of Learning (SCOL) Guide is available in English and Spanish. It is meant to be used on a smartphone, and to guide discussion with a trusted advisor (child health provider).
Back to School Checklist
As schools announce their plans for re-opening this Fall, many families are wondering whether their child should go to school in-person or learn from home online. This Back to School Checklist in English and Spanish can help you identify some things that you and your family are concerned about that you may want to discuss with your doctor or nurse, especially if your child has any health issues.
Keeping Children Healthy
Regardless of whether your child’s school is opening to in-person classes this fall, there are steps you can take now to keep your child healthy. FCAAP and your child’s pediatrician are here to help you navigate this uncertain time! Click here for a guide on Keeping Children Healthy during the pandemic.
School Reopening Plans – Florida COVID-19 Responses and Orders – posted 8.5.20
LobbyTools has compiled a database of Florida School Reopening Plans. This is a public list, and sharing of this link is encouraged.
For a list of state-supported COVID-19 testing sites and FAQ’s, please click here.
From the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FCAAP):
“How to Prevent Illness from Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)” by Brandon Chatani, MD, FAAP
“Tips on Infant Feeding During the COVID-19 Pandemic” by Cara Cannon, MD, FAAP
“Keeping Immunizations Up-to-Date During the COVID 19 Pandemic” by David Berman, DO, FAAP
“Safe Gun Storage During COVID-19” by Judith Aronson-Ramos, MD, FAAP
From the American Academy of Pediatrics:
“Help Children Understand Coronavirus: Tips from the President of the American Academy of Pediatrics”
Guidance for Families and Pediatricians on Camp Attendance During the COVID-19 Pandemic
New COVID-19 Interim Guidance: Return to Sports (Updated 9/18/2020)
“2019 Novel Coronavirus” Parent Resources
“Cloth Face Coverings for Children During COVID-19”
“Breastfeeding During COVID-19 Pandemic”
“Caring for Children in Foster Care During COVID-19”
“Positive Parenting & COVID-19: 10 Tips to Help Keep the Calm at Home”
“Tips for Coping with a New Baby During COVID-19”
“Parenting in a Pandemic: Tips to Keep the Calm at Home”
“Ask the Pediatrician: How should we feed our baby if we’re running low on money?”
“¿Cómo debemos alimentar a nuestro bebé si se nos está acabando el dinero?”
“COVID-19 and Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome”
“Mental Health During COVID-19: Signs your Teen May Need More Support”
“Age-Based Tips to Help Juggle Parenting & Working at Home During COVID-19”
“Return to School During COVID-19”
“How to Help Children Build Resilience in Uncertain Times”
“Ask the Pediatrician: Is it safe to send my child to child care during COVID-19?”
“What to Look for In a Summer Camp During COVID-19”
“Mood-Boosting Tips for Families During the COVID-19 Pandemic”
“Ask the Pediatrician: Is it OK to call my pediatrician during COVID-19?”
“Youth Sports & COVID-19: Understanding the Risks”
“Youth Sports Participation During COVID-19: A Safety Checklist”
“Mask Mythbusters: 5 Common Misconceptions About Kids & Cloth Face Coverings”
“Ask the Pediatrician: Can Children Get COVID?”
“Breastfeeding Benefits Your Baby’s Immune System”
“10 Tips to Help Your Child Fall in Love with Reading”
From the Department of Children & Families (DCF):
DCF COVID-19 Information
“A guide to keeping your child safe and reassured as coronavirus spreads” from CNN Health
“COVID-19 Child Safety Tips” from Lauren’s Kids
“Safer, Smarter Families: Digital Health & Safety Resources” from Lauren’s Kids and FL Dept. of Education
“Staying calm, vigilant can help mitigate COVID-19 effects on children’s mental health, experts say” from Healio
Virtual Learning, Play-Based Yoga, and more at-home resources from Action For Healthy Kids
“Playful learning tips for toddlers” from the LEGO Foundation
Researchers at the University of Maryland and Boston College are studying the effects of social distancing and school closures on child language development through the new KidTalk app. KidTalk lets families collect recordings of their children’s speech in a “language scrapbook,” helping researchers document language development and helping parents save precious memories for years to come. Learn more and start your language scrapbook.
COVID-19 and Legal Aid and Resources for the Public
• Pose a legal question to a panel of volunteer lawyers: Florida Free Civil Legal Answers
• More resources from Florida Free Civil Legal Answers
• Contact your local legal aid office. Offices listed by county.
• Renters’ rights
• Landlord/Tenant Law in Florida
• County-by-county eviction status list provided by Community Justice Project
• Legal Resources Guide from Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County
• Florida Courts Help website
For additional COVID-19 resources, visit FCAAP’s provider resource page.
The information provided on this page is subject to change without notice based upon new information, resources, and directives from federal, state, and local authorities and medical experts. While FCAAP will do its best to update information that has been changed due to the issuance of new guidance and directives, there will be a delay in such updates and we cannot guarantee that all information will be updated to reflect such changes. This information is provided only as general guidance and is not being offered as a medical or legal opinion.