March 24, 2020

COVID-19: Resources for Parents and Caregivers

If you are a parent, caregiver, or family member living in Pennsylvania, it’s important to remain calm, prepare, and take precautionary measures to maintain the health and wellbeing of yourself, your family, and the community. Continue reading below for a brief overview of COVID-19 and a list of family and caregiver resources.

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PA 2.1.1 Southwest

If you require assistance and would like to access an extensive list of family and caregiver resources, please call 2.1.1 or text your zip code to 898.211 to receive text alerts. For more information or to receive support, visit the 2.1.1 website.

PA 2.1.1 Southwest seeks to provide an easy-to-remember phone number and web resource for finding health and human services for everyday needs and in crisis situations, serving the following counties: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Mercer, Somerset, Washington, and Westmoreland.


An Overview of COVID-19

COVID-19 is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a new coronavirus not previously seen in humans. Because the virus impacts the respiratory system, common symptoms of infection include fever, dry cough, tiredness, shortness of breath, and difficulty breathing. However, WHO states that some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat, and diarrhea. After being infected with COVID-19, individuals generally display mild symptoms that begin gradually, but some people who become infected may not develop any symptoms at all and may feel healthy.

To learn more about COVID-19 and the steps you can take to reduce your family’s risk of infection, read our recent news post. This post also includes information about what to do after infection, information on how it spreads, and links to several other organizations and entities that can provide more information.

Update from Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS)

On March 30, 2020, Governor Wolf announced all schools in the Commonwealth will remain closed until further notice as a result of the COVID-19 response efforts. As an institution for learning, PPS knows there is concern about the loss of student learning during this closure. Because of this, PPS has created supplemental grade-level activity packets.

Additional online activities are available via the District’s CLEVER portal. A video on how to use and login to CLEVER can be found on the District’s VIMEO page. Printed packets for English Language Arts and Mathematics will be available for students at Grab and Go locations next week. Some District schools have also produced activity packets which can be found on the individual school websites.

Due to issues of equity and access, PPS cannot provide online learning options at this time. Since all District students do not have access to technology, internet in the home, or transportation to a Grab and Go site, the completion of activity packets is optional and will not count towards student grades. This also applies to any extra assignments provided between March 16 and April 14, 2020. Extra credit is also not allowable. Click here to learn more.

Meals for Schoolchildren

In partnership with local community organizations, Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS) will shift the distribution of Grab and Go meals to regional sites across the city. Open to all students, the locations were selected based on student participation during the first week of closure. Meals will be distributed between 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays. Multiple meals will be distributed on Tuesdays and Fridays. Visit the PPS website for a list of Grab and Go meal locations.

The PPS Food Service Department will be closed from Monday, April 6 through Monday, April 13, 2020 for spring break. However, the District will deliver four days of meals. Parkhurst Dining Services, through the generous support of the United Way, will be sending an additional two meals for distribution to sites on Friday, April 3. Non-PPS sites will continue to distribute food during spring break. To learn more, visit




Information about COVID-19

Talking with Children


After Infection

Impacts on Child Care, School, and Work

At-Home Activities

Fact Sheets

Informational Flyers

Recorded Webinars

Mental Health

Receiving Support

Multilingual Resources

Curated Lists

Contacts and Information

More Information

For more information about COVID-19, visit the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), or World Health Organization (WHO) websites.

Image: Viruses can make anyone sick.