Reopening Schools During COVID-19

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Strategies to Support the Whole Child

Support Children in School During COVID-19

In many cases, schools are where students feel safe, eat healthy meals, enjoy active play and receive critical health services. By putting in place resources and programs to support the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC), schools can reopen with a strong start. We know, as school leaders, you are on the front-line of this crisis. Well-Ahead is here to help by connecting you to a curated set of resources, training opportunities, and technical assistance to support the whole child during COVID-19.

Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) COVID-19 Resources


Children’s Hospital of New Orleans Tools


Health Messaging for Children to Prevent the Spread


Frequently Asked Questions from School Systems

  • LDH FAQs: Please note that the school-related questions are located half way down the FAQs page.
  • LDOE’s Strong Start FAQs: This page is being continuously updated. All new/updated information is highlighted throughout this FAQ.
  • Children’s Hospital Return to School FAQs: Schools and parents can submit questions and should receive a response within 24 hours. Children's Hospital is working closely with the Louisiana Department of Education to make sure answers to any guidance inquiries are posted to LDOE FAQ.

Resources for School Nursing


Resources for Students with Chronic Conditions

Asthma & Allergy:





Depression & Anxiety:

Immunocompromised Children:

Special Needs:

PE Teacher Resources

  • SHAPE America COVID-19 Resources page includes school systems to create a plan for physical education, take home resources, at home fitness, distance learning resources and more!
  • FitnessGram: The Cooper Institute is compiling a list of free resources for physical education and physical activity for students, parents and teachers who are practicing social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. 
  • GOPHER: Teachers share how they are using Gopher’s My PE Packs provide students of any age and ability level their own set of equipment to use in any setting.
  • OPEN PhysED: Resources, training, lesson plans for teachers. All resources are free, but an account login is required. 
  • Fit Five: The Special Olympics provided Fit 5 videos and Fitness Cards to support programs looking to expand their fitness programming and initiatives.This is a great way to support inclusion in PE!

Physical Activities Resources

  • For classroom physical activity, visit Go Noodle. This program provide free movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts. Available for free at school, home, and everywhere kids are. Schools can also purchase GoNoodle Plus for a school wide subscription. It is important to note that Go Noodle does not serve as a replacement for physical education.
  • Playworks provides tips for recess in 2020-2021 school year. In addition, the Peaceful Playground has developed a suite of free and for purchase resources to support COVID-19 6′ Distancing Playground.
  • ASPEN Project Play: Youth sports are ordinarily a gathering place for millions of people at thousands of sites across the country. Project Play, an initiative of the Aspen Institute’s Sports & Society Program, is continuing to develop resources that help leaderscoaches, and parents adjust to the impacts of COVID-19.

Resources for Schools

Connecting to the Community Resources

  • LDH Regional Services for individuals who would like to learn more about the behavioral health services toward suicide prevention in their areas.
  • Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Behavioral Health COVID 19 Behavioral Health Information: This page include information for parents and the general public.
  • Louisiana ACE Initiative: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) is the term given to describe all types of abuse, neglect, and other traumatic childhood experiences. The Louisiana ACE Initiative is a network of child-focused organizations dedicated to creating a common understanding of ACEs within Louisiana communities and educating the child- and family-serving workforce.
  • Mental Health First Aid Course: Many organizations in Louisiana can provide mental health first aid training. The Mental Health First Aid Course educates participants on the symptoms of depression, anxiety, psychosis, and substance use disorders.  Each section is introduced and explained followed by instruction on how to help individuals experiencing a crisis. To be connected to an organization that can provide training please email

Resources for Child Nutrition Directors and Staff

Need Help? Connect with COVID-19 Support Contacts

Virtual Training Emily Pineda, Well-Ahead Louisiana COVID-19 Policies and Standards for Schools Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) COVID-19 Technical Support for Schools Children’s Hospital New Orleans 504-837-7760
Safe Practices for Physical Activity and Physical Education Stephen Guccione, LDOE Support the Emotional Well-Being of Students LDOE, Division of Well-Being Safe Practices for Meal and Snack Programs LDOE, Division of Nutrition Services

Virtual Trainings for Reopening

Self-Paced Trainings

Well-Ahead Louisiana, in partnership with Louisiana Department of Education, has launched a self-paced virtual training to help your school open safely. Click here to register for the trainings on Moodle!

At this time, our Moodle site has reached capacity. Please click here to join our Provider Education Network email list to be notified when space is available. 

Registration Instructions:

  1. In the white box labeled Is this your first time here?, click Create new account.
  2. Follow the prompts to read and accept the MoodleCloud Policy and MoodleCloud Cookies Policy. (Click “Next” at the bottom of each page and check the boxes when prompted.)
  3. Complete your profile, username and password. Usernames must be lowercase and can only include the following punctuation: underscore (_), hyphen (-), period (.) or at symbol (@).
  4. You will receive an automated email from Well-Ahead Louisiana with a link to confirm your new account.
  5. Please use JOIN as the self-enrollment key for all the courses listed below.
Training Course Information

COVID-19 Mitigating Strategies

  • Objective: Learn strategies for how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 such as assessing and isolating students, faculty and staff.
  • Audience: School system lead for COVID-19

Registration is now open! Use JOIN as the self-enrollment key.

Integrating Classroom Physical Activity During COVID-19

  • Objective: Learn how to incorporate physical activity in school while implementing social distancing practices and in the event of school closures.
  • Audience(s): Classroom teachers, physical activity leads, school system staff

Registration is now open! Use JOIN as the self-enrollment key.

Cultivating Positive Learning Environments: Social Emotional Learning Practices for Teachers

  • Audience(s): School-based personnel and school system leaders
  • Objectives: Attendees will walk away with quick changes to adapt teaching practices to support students’ emotional well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic. Attendees will learn how to use a trauma-informed framework to improve classroom management to ensure that students feel safe, seen and heard.
  • Developed by: LSU Social Research and Evaluation Center (SREC)

Registration is now open! Use JOIN as the self-enrollment key.

Supporting a Healthy Immune System for Students with Chronic Diseases During COVID-19

  • Objective: Training on the role a healthy immune system plays in improving the effects of stress on the body and supporting students diagnosed with chronic diseases such diabetes, hypertension, ADD/ADHD, obesity, asthma and much more. The training will include behavioral modifications for students to strengthen their immune system.
  • Audience(s): School nurses, school-based health nurses, parents, and faculty and staff caring for children during the school day

Registration is now open! Use JOIN as the self-enrollment key.

Health and Wellness for Educators

  • Audience(s): School-based personnel and school system leaders
  • Objectives: Attendees will learn about the eight dimensions of health. In addition, the course will walk attendees through Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and how the hierarchy relates to supporting health and wellness for educators. Lastly, attendees will learn strategies for supporting overall wellness and reducing burnout.
  • Developed by: LSU Social Research and Evaluation Center (SREC)

Registration is now open! Use JOIN as the self-enrollment key.

Safe Practices for Meal and Snack Programs

  • The LDOE Nutrition Services leads training for Safe Practices for Meal and Snack Programs. For more information, contact
  • Audience(s): School food service professional

Challenges of Implementing Oral Health Interventions in Schools During COVID-19

  • Audience(s): School nurses and school-based health clinic staff
  • Objectives: Attendees will learn about challenges that school based/linked oral health programs are experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic and will be able to identify innovative classroom strategies that can be used to educate students on how to maintain good oral health at home. This training will also provide participants with information on school based/linked oral health intervention programs and educational materials available to schools statewide.
  • Developed by: Well-Ahead Louisiana and Children’s Hospital New Orleans

Registration is now open! Use JOIN as the self-enrollment key.

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