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 Supports Continued Use of Masks in Schools
Statement by the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics – “Since children under 12 years of age are still not yet eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and the vaccine will most likely not be available for this age group until winter of 2021, most children are still at risk for Coronavirus infection and transmitting the infection to others. Both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend masking in schools. The Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FCAAP) supports the continued, universal use of masks and physical distancing in schools by all individuals including students, faculty members, and staff through the end of the 2021-2022 school year. Masking should be in addition to the continuation of testing protocols in schools to mitigate the spread of infection. Finally, and most importantly, FCAAP recommends that all vaccine eligible children, faculty, and staff in schools should be vaccinated”
COVID-19 Pandemic: Helping Young Children and Parents Transition Back to School
Transitioning back to early childhood programs or school— or starting them for the first time—can create extra challenges during a pandemic. The CDC has shared what parents and teachers can do to help children make a successful transition to in-person learning and care. Learn more here.
How Parents can Prepare Preschoolers for In-Person Learning
Wondering how to help your child get ready before the first day of kindergarten this fall? The American Academy of Pediatrics has tips to help parents ease the transition from virtual life to in-person learning. Learn more here.
The Science Behind COVID-19 Vaccines: Parent FAQs
Many parents have questions about COVID-19 vaccines, which are currently available to anyone age 12 and up. Click here for answers to some of the most common questions families may have.
Safer Disinfectant Fact Sheet and Infographic
The Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSU) program created resources for families to safely reduce the spread of COVID-19. The resources include a Safer Disinfectant Use During the COVID-19 Pandemic fact sheet and infographic. They are both available in English, Spanish, Amharic, Chinese (simplifed), Korean, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, Somali, and Vietnamese. Visit the PEHSU website to learn more.
AAP’s Updated Recommendations for Face Masks for Children
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends the continued use of a well-fitting face mask for children and teens who are age 2 years and older and not yet fully vaccinated. You can read their full recommendations here, and review additional helpful articles from HealthyChildren.org below.
Face Masks for Children During COVID-19
Mask Mythbusters: 5 Common Misconceptions about Kids & Cloth Face Coverings
Safe Schools During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The Science Behind COVID-19 Vaccines: Parent FAQs
Mental Health During COVID-19: Signs Your Child May Need More Support
Long-Haul COVID-19 in Children and Teens
COVID-19: Caring for Children and Adolescents with Special Health Care Needs
COVID-19 Vaccine for Children and Teens: What to Know
The authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for ages 12 and older is a vital step in bringing lifesaving vaccines to children and adolescents. The AAP has compiled and updated resources to help pediatricians and their staffs prepare and also offers the latest news on co-administration and other vaccine issues.
HealthyChildren.org: The Science Behind the COVID-19 Vaccine: Parent FAQs
HealthyChildren.org: Getting Your Child Ready for the COVID-19 Vaccine
HealthyChildren.org: COVID-19 Information for Families
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.
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
FCAAP Recommendations Regarding Schools During the COVID-19 Pandemic
FCAAP “Stay S.A.F.E.R.: Travel Guidance During an Ongoing Pandemic”
Back-to-Safe Communities of Learning (SCOL) Decision Guide
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)
The AAP COVID-19 Vaccine: Frequently Asked Questions contains information on recommendations, research, side effects and safety monitoring, distribution, administration, and more. (Posted 12/29/20)
When can children get the COVID-19 vaccine?
The Science Behind the COVID-19 Vaccines: Parent FAQ’s
“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”
“Can telehealth ‘video visits’ be a good option for my child? How do they work?”
“Telehealth Services Start With Your Pediatrician”
From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
COVID-19 Parental Resources Kit
COVID-19 pandemic: Helping young children and parents transition back to school
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.