COVID-19 (Coronavirus) PTA Resources

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Tackling COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Together

COVID-19 continues to be unpredictable. Over 1,000,000 lives have been lost. Millions more people have been seriously ill, hospitalized or are experiencing the effects of long-term COVID-19. Mitigation strategies are available for implementation to reduce the risk of harm from a COVID-19 infection. National PTA has compiled the following resources, tools and information to help families and PTA leaders help keep kids safely in school.

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Conversation with the U.S. Surgeon General on ‘Tripledemic’ and Youth Mental Health Crisis

National PTA President Anna King spoke with Dr. Vivek Murthy, Surgeon General of the United States, about the ‘tripledemic’ and how we can help protect our families and ease the spread of the viruses. President King and Surgeon General Murthy also discussed the youth mental health crisis and ways we can support children’s social emotional well-being.

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COVID-19 impacts our ability to live, work, learn and socialize.

Getting tested, being vaccinated and boosted, and wearing a mask, as needed...

  1. Reduces the daily burden of COVID-19.
  2. Protects ourselves, our families and our communities.
  3. Keeps kids in school.

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Let's Talk about COVID-19: Resource Toolkits

Toolkits designed for you: National PTA has designed a suite of resources For Families to help facilitate conversation at home, as well as resources For PTA Leaders to utilize and share within their community.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Facts


The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective for people aged 6-months and up, woman who are pregnant or woman thinking about becoming pregnant.

The vaccine:
  1. Provides a solid layer of protection that keeps us and everyone around us safe.
  2. Helps you recover from COVID-19 more quickly.
  3. Prevents serious illness, hospitalization and death.
  4. Gives us the freedom to live our lives.

For FamiliesFor Families: Help Keep Kids in School


Have questions about the COVID-19 Vaccination? Hear from doctors the benefits of getting your child vaccinated and boosted.

Q: Why get my child vaccinated?

Ask a Doctor: Why is it important for young children to be vaccinated against COVID?

Pregúntale a un doctor: ¿Por qué es importante que los niños menores se vacunen contra el COVID?

Ask a Doctor: Why Do Children, Especially Black and Latinx Children, Need COVID-19 Vaccines?

Pediatrician Dr. Rhea Boyd wants to bust the myth that kids can't get sick from COVID-19.

Q: Why get my child boosted?

Ask a Doctor: Why Is It Important to Get a COVID Vaccine Booster?



Ask a Doctor: Why Does My Child Need to Get a Covid Vaccine Booster? 



Does Needing a Booster Mean Your COVID Vaccine Isn’t Working?

Over time, protection from your vaccine can begin to decrease. Boosters work to keep your vaccine effective longer.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Questions from parents and guardians about COVID-19 and the vaccines.

For PTA Leaders: Help Keep Kids in SchoolFor PTA Leaders


Don't miss these resources that help PTA leaders address concerns and questions about vaccines and share the benefits of getting your child vaccinated and boosted. PTA leaders can review examples of how you can partner with other community organizations in this effort.

Supporting Free Testing in Schools

Maximize in-person learning during a pandemic by identifying infections before symptoms arise: routine testing for COVID-19 can help provide preparedness and confidence in schools. View tips to organize on-site PCR testing at your school.

Did you know?

COVID-19 testing for K–12 schools is free and covered by government funds. View your state’s testing plan.

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