Back to School Resources for Families

The COVID-19 pandemic is a constantly evolving situation that can be overwhelming for parents of school-age children. As Pennsylvania students head back to school, whether physically or on virtual or remote learning platforms, families may need extra support to set their children up for success. A project of the PA Blue Victory Fund Fellows, this guide compiles resources for learning, balancing work with childcare demands and fostering the emotional/mental health of the household.

School Opening Plans by District

[Please note the following section covers another candidate’s districts; we expect you to fill in the relevant information about school districts your candidate hopes to represent, including a link to its reopening plan, and following this template.]

  • Fox Chapel Area School District: Hybrid and virtual instruction, K-12: More Information
  • Hampton Township School District: Hybrid and virtual instruction K-12: More Information
  • Pine-Richland School District: In person, hybrid, and virtual instruction K-3; Hybrid and virtual instruction 4-12: More Information
  • Shaler Area School District: Virtual instruction for first four weeks, reevaluation set for later date K-12: More Information

COVID-19 Education Resources


Teaching Kids about COVID-19

Remote/Virtual Learner Resources

Preparing for School at Home

Learning Pods

Learning at Home Tips

Distance Learning Access and Equity

In-Person Learning Resources

Health and Safety Tips

Parent Self-Care

COVID-19 Mental Health Resources

For Parents

Mental Health Self-Screening 

For Children and Teens

Grief and Loss


  • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline / 1 800-273-8255
  • Crisis Text Line / Text HOME to 741741 
  • Teen Line / 310-855-4673
  • The Trevor Project / 1 866-488-7386
  • LGBT National Youth Talkline / 1 800-246-7743


Additional Media and Resources

Educational Podcasts, Websites & Apps