NSLA’s Response to the COVID-19 Health Crisis

We at the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) stand with all our partners and allies across the country working to support schools, families and students during these difficult, challenging, and unprecedented times. Our staff are working remotely for the foreseeable future but are proactively monitoring and responding to the rapidly-changing Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Like you, we will continue to put the health and safety of our students, families, and staff first as we head into spring break and summer programming.

A crisis like this makes the achievement and opportunity gaps we are all working to close even more clear. With so many children out of school and so many families home with limited access to educational resources, our Out-of-School Time field is well positioned to be a problem solver and resource as we share our expertise, experience and skills with many in our communities. Please let us know what challenges you are most concerned about, assistance you need, and how NSLA and your peers can be most supportive.

The American Camp Association (ACA) has provided an excellent set of resources and information to our community concerning COVID-19 and other communicable diseases. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) also has several resources to assist with navigating programming including Interim Guidance for Administrators of US Childcare Programs and Schools and a FAQs sheet with information about the illness and summer program implications. We encourage you to stay abreast of the recent developments by monitoring the CDC’s website.

Below, please find a reminder of the following steps to prevent spreading the virus and a sampling of other online resources which may be of assistance:

  • Develop program entrance screening protocol to include questions about fever, cough, and shortness of breath as well as recent travel and possible exposure to COVID-19.
  • Keep practicing Social Distancing.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when sneezing or coughing.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched or used objects and surfaces.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Check in on elders in your community

In partnership,

The NSLA Team

Resources for Programs and Families During School Closures

As we continue to weather the COVID-19 health crisis, NSLA has gathered resources and guidance from the field on remote learning and news regarding food access. Programs and families are encouraged to visit the following organization’s pages for information to keep kids learning, safe, and healthy.

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Keep All Kids Healthy and Learning

Now more than ever, communities need your support to expand access to summer and afterschool programs that will help students catch up on unfinished learning and thrive after an extraordinarily challenging school year.

Please consider supporting NSLA’s critical work this holiday season. With your support, we can make a positive difference in the academic, social, and economic realities of children, families, and communities across America. Whether you donate $5, $10, or $25, every little bit helps.