Schools and Coronavirus:
What You Should Know

NEA: You Are Strong, You Are Courageous, You Are Amazing!

NEA President Lily Eskelsen García sends a message of encouragement to educators dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The recent outbreak and spread of Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has prompted widespread school closures, transitions to online learning, and questions about how our students and educators move forward during this challenging time.

Below you will find the latest news, resources, guidance, and support from the National Education Association, along with resources from other health and education organizations. NEA is committed to ensuring the health and safety of its members and the students they serve and will continue to monitor the situation and provide resources and support as they become available.


NEA Policy Statement on Digital Learning

See NEA’s official position on distance learning.


Stay Connected Professionally

NEA has compiled a list of NEA micro-credentials that do not require student interactions or face-to-face contact with others. It is our hope that your professional development continues to be meaningful and relevant.

We have also set up two community groups for educators to share information, resources, and support during this challenging time.

You can join NEA Educators Navigating COVID-19 Together on Facebook, or sign up for our EdCommunities professional learning community (registration is required but free and open to all).


The Latest News from NEA


‘Students Simply Need Us’: Educators Urge Congress to Fix Homework Gap Now

Survey: Parents Overwhelmingly Support Educators During Pandemic

COVID-19 and the Impact on Communities of Color

How Teachers Are Integrating COVID-19 Crisis Into Their Lessons

NEA Retired Educators Use Quilting Talents to Make Life-saving Masks

The Calming Effect of Poetry in Uncertain Times

Community College Faculty Fear COVID-19 Will Deepen Inequities

Social-Emotional Learning Should Be Priority During COVID-19 Crisis

School Nurses Join the Fight Against Coronavirus

How Innovative Educators Are Engaging Students Online

During Pandemic, Unions Continue to Advocate for Educators and Students

Educator Rights and Benefits Amid Schools Closings: Frequently Asked Questions


Take Action

Congress needs to do more to address the coronavirus crisis

More money is needed for the Education Stabilization Fund to help fill state budget gaps so students don’t suffer and educators aren’t laid off. Congress should Increase funding for the E-Rate program by at least $2 billion to help close the “homework gap” experienced by students who don’t have access to the internet at home.

Learn More

How We Are Advocating For You

Learn more about NEA’s federal advocacy to protect students and our members.

Social-Emotional Learning Should Be Priority During COVID-19

Experts say teaching and learning during closures is unrealistic without SEL.

Self Care

PE educators share tips on staying active during school closures

For Everyone

What can I do to protect myself and other family members?

COVID-19: Share Your Story

As the country grapples with the impact of COVID-19, our members are looking for help and hope. How has your membership come together to uplift one another and show up for their students? Let us know using this form.

How the CARE Act Affects You and Your Students


Talking to Children About Current Events

Questions About Canceled NEA Conferences

The nation’s students, educators, and all their families are at the forefront of our minds as we grapple with the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. When we make hard decisions, the safety of our members, students, staff, and guests is our top priority.

We have concluded that we must cancel many of our upcoming conferences. If you have a question about your conference or logistics, please fill out this form.