Updated 5/8/20

Safer at Home  https://www.tchd.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=386

Updated 4/29/20

The Colorado School Counseling Association is teaming up with other states for supports and resources. While it’s aimed at school counseling,  There are resources here that many of you would find useful/helpful.

Counseling Resources

Updated 4/22/20

  • Meals 
    • Pinnacle Charter School is still serving meals  Monday-Friday from 10:30 am until 12:00 PM. Anyone from the ages of 0-18 is able to come and get a meal. 
    • CDE School Nutrition Emergency Feeding Website – This website provides the most up-to-date information regarding emergency feeding. The website provides a live map of emergency feeding sites in the state with a list version also available. Guidance, tools, and funding opportunities related to emergency feeding are also provided.

  • Testing: You must have an order from your health care provider CALL OR EMAIL a health care provider first. If the provider recommends you get testing or care, follow the provider’s advice BEFORE going into any health facility. Ask your provider about private lab sites where you can get tested. DO NOT go to an emergency room to get a test for COVID-19 unless you are having a medical emergency. For COVID-19, that means severe respiratory symptoms such as shortness of breath or breathing difficulties. DO call 911 or go to an emergency room if you are having a medical emergency. Tell the dispatcher your symptoms. Information here
  • HUD Suspends Foreclosures/Evictions: The Housing and Urban Development (HUD) authorized the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) to implement an immediate foreclosure and eviction moratorium for single family homeowners with FHA-insured mortgages. Information here
  • Uninsured: Special Enrollment Period for the Uninsured to get Health Insurance: Uninsured people will be allowed to enroll in individual health insurance plans (meaning plans NOT from an employer) from March 20 through April 3, 2020. Coverage will be effective starting on April 1, regardless of when someone enrolls during that window. Information here
  • Alternatives to laying off your employees: The Work-Share Program provides an alternative to laying off employees by allowing them to keep working, but with fewer hours. While an employee is working fewer hours, he or she may be eligible to collect part of his or her regular unemployment benefits. Information here
  • Disaster Loan Assistance: Federal Disaster Loans for Businesses, Private Nonprofits, Homeowners, and Renters. Information here
  • Colorado Department of Labor & Employment (CDLE)- The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) has a variety of resources for workers and employers who are impacted by the Coronavirus. Information here
  • ECA is a Safe2tell school. We want you to be healthy, happy, and productive during this remoting learning time. We care about you.Safe2Tell provides students and parents an increased ability to both prevent and report violence and other concerning behaviors in a way that keeps them safe. The Safe2Tell model works to break the code of silence by educating, empowering, equipping and engaging students to be a part of the solution.Students and Parents use Safe2Tell to report: bullying, suicide concerns, depression, sexting, stealing, threats, cutting, abuse, dating and domestic violence, fights, drugs, alcohol, weapons or other types of dangerous situations that threaten their safety or the safety of others for the purpose of prevention through effective interventions.
  • Find Food Near You
    • Kids ages 0-18 are eligible for free meals that schools or other organizations in your community may be providing. To learn more:
    • Please check your local school district or food bank social media sites or websites to find out where you can access free meals.
    • No Kid Hungry Texting Line –Parents & caregivers can text the word “FOOD” (or “COMIDA”) to 877-877 to find free meals in their community.
      • Although the places our texting service supports grows each day, we are most confident in promoting it in the following places: AL, AZ, CO, IN, KY, MD, NE, NYC (not statewide), NC, OH, TN, and VA.
      • If your state is not listed above, please try visiting your school district website or dialing 211.
    • FoodFinder – Use to find food in your community (call individual sites to confirm, hours may have changed due to COVID-19 response)
    • WIC and SNAP are great resources during this time of crisis and can provide families with access to additional food at no cost. As financial situations change, families may now be eligible for both programs. States are moving to allow sign-up online and to make the overall process easier.
    • Explore options for providing meals: If your child care center or family child care home currently participates in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP, sometimes called the Child Care Food Program or simply the food program), contact your state agency or sponsoring organization to see if and how you could distribute reimbursable meals to your enrolled children.
  • Resources
  • The Colorado Department of Human Services Food Distribution Programs work with emergency feeding organizations throughout Colorado to provide households in need with food assistance. Household programs include the Commodity Supplemental Food Program and The Emergency Food Assistance Program. Refer to the following websites for more information:
  • Internet Access: Through the Comcast Internet Essentials program, families may qualify for affordable high-speed home internet for $9.95/month. For more information, please visit: Internet Essentials.
  • Technology Equipment: PCs for People provides affordable computers and low-cost mobile internet to eligible community members. Learn more at PCs for People.
  • Rent and Utility Assistance: Denver’s Temporary Rental and Utility Assistance program (TRUA) offers resources to residents who are facing a hardship. Learn more at: Rental and Utility Help.
  • General Resource Needs: Mile High United Way’s 2-1-1 Help Center is a statewide community resource connecting individuals and families to critical resources including food, shelter, rental assistance, childcare, and more. Dial 211 from any phone or learn more/live chat at: https://unitedwaydenver.org/2-1-1/.
  • Food Distribution Sites: The following Denver Public Schools will provide free breakfast (8:00 to 9:00 am) and lunch (12:00 to 1:00 pm) to all kids ages 1-18 at the following school locations: Lincoln High School, Place Bridge Academy, Joe Schoemaker School, North High School, DCIS Baker, Manual High School, Montbello High School, and the Evie Garret Dennis Campus
  • Excel Energy Assistance
    • https://www.xcelenergy.com/billing_and_payment/understanding_your_bill/energy_assistance_options/energy_assistance
  • Addressing Parent Fear
    It is important to keep students and families informed of actions that the school and child care is taking, including the most up to date information regarding COVID-19 from reliable sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and your local public health department.

In rapidly changing health events and outbreaks such as COVID-19, there can be large amounts of incorrect or partially correct information that can add to stress and confusion as a parent/caregiver, student, or school staff. Providing current, accurate, and frequent updates can help reduce stress and fear.

Get the most up-to-date and accurate information at:

CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

CDPHE: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/2019-novel-coronavirus

CO HELP 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911

  • Supporting Students, Families, and School and Child Care Staff
    In addition to providing information regarding school actions and the latest information regarding COVID-19, students, family, and staff can benefit from information regarding emotional support. Here are some resources that could be helpful.

Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with the Coronavirus Disease 2019

WHO Infographic Helping Children Cope

National Association of School Psychologists Helping Kids Cope

Colorado Crisis Services: Call 1-844-493-TALK (8255) or Text to Talk 38255

Guidelines for emergency school or child care closure