COVID-19 Related Stories For Schools
More and more states and cities have put together plans for going back to school for the 2020-2021 school year. Each area in the country has somewhat different plans. Some are starting out with 100% distance learning, some are implementing a hybrid model and others are going back to in person learning with modifications. As we start to go back, using any of those approaches, children are going to need INFORMATION. What will they see that is different? What are the new norms? Are masks required? What about on the bus?
As humans, we all thrive on routine. Children’s (and adults) routines have been disrupted over these past several months. Stories can help ALL children understand what is going on around them. Information about their new routines can reduce anxiety and fear. This will lead to smoother transitions into the new routine.
I’ve listed all of the COVID-19 stories that relate to schools here for easier access for parents and educators. When I write more stories that pertain to school, I will add them to this list. I wish you all well as we embark on this new school year. Stay well!
Riding the Bus Will Be Different
Distance Learning, What Is It?
Expectations For Online Learning
How To Video Chat With Other People
When Can I Stop Wearing A Mask?
Why Does My Teacher Look Different?
My Teachers Are Wearing Face Shields
Greeting My Teachers and Friends (during COVID19)
Masks, Face Shields and Gloves, Oh My!
Thank you for offering these resources for teachers and families. I am downloading these for the school year. The Coughing, Sneezing and More book does not have pages 6 and 7 for preview. Can you fix this for me? Thank you again for these wonderful stories. Chery
I just checked and those pages did download for me. Could you try from a different browser or computer? Otherwise, if you are still having problems, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can try sending you the pdf!
What a treasure! Thanks so much for these. 🙂
Absolutely amazing. Thank you so much.
You are welcome!
Thank you so much! You had to have spent so much time on these and could have made a lot of money selling them to teachers. Your selflessness in giving these for free is exactly what we all need right now and a powerful example of how we help each other take care of ALL kids! Amazing!
I second this statement!!
I agree! Thank you!
Thank you so much for saying that!!! I feel like we all need to support each other right now!
Yes!!! Thank you so much for your kindess… these are amazing!!
I wholeheartedly agree!! Thank you so much!! This is helping me prepare for students to return into our school and is a wonderful resource. Thank you again!
Yes, I agree ! thank you so very much. We are going back in person soon and I will be using these for my students virtually to prepare them !
Thank you so much for taking the time to create these and share these with everybody! I am definitely going to get these ready for the upcoming school year. I was wondering if I could get these translated to Spanish and send you the translations, would you be able to put that in?
I would love to have them in Spanish too.
Love that these books are available. Thank you!
If you click on each story and scroll down, you will see that many are already translated into Spanish! <3
Love these!! I see that some have a Spanish version, but any chance to get the bus covid and online expectations translated or give permission to translate and we give the translation back to you?
Hi there- thank you for the books. We are printing to use in our ten classrooms. Do you have a suggestion for binding them? Did you laminate first?
I usually laminate and then bind them with a binder I have at home (there is one at school too. Something like this: https://amzn.to/3eWGPle
These are awesome! Thanks for sharing with everyone.
You are welcome!
These are AMAZING! Thank you for taking time to create them and sharing with us!
Thank you so much for sharing! These are amazing!!! 🙂
You ROCK Tara!
Haha…thanks! I'll tell my sister you said that 🙂 LOL
Thank you so much for doing these social stories. I manage the Mid-Michigan Autism Association Facebook page and I am constantly putting your social stories on our page!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Love it!!! <3
Thank you so much. This is a tremendous blessing. You are very much appreciated.
You are so welcome!
This is seriously wonderful! Thank you so much for putting all these social stories together and offering them for free on your website! You are a phenomenal resource to the teaching community! What a great and helpful resource!
I'm so happy they are helpful to so many!
Thank you so much for offering these free social stories. They are well thought out and a perfect fit for my elementary students. I will be sharing them with my students and their family to help prepare them as in person school starts in our district.
You are welcome! I'm so happy they are helpful to so many!
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I was preparing to make and draw these types of books for our back to school Covid edition! What?!?! You just saved me hundreds of hours – and you shared them for free!?! We all need these for safety, teaching procedures and talking about the changes due to the virus. You deserve an A+. So much admiration and appreciation!
Yay! I love this!
Thank you for sharing these with us! ❤️
These books are amazing!!! Thank you so much for sharing them. We are all so uncertain about what going back to school is going to look like. These books will certainly help with the transition back to school after being away for so long and under such different circumstances. A million thanks for putting these out there!!
You are welcome! I pray we all stay safe as we go back to the classroom at some point!
Thank you so much, these social stories will help my students get use to the new routine.
Thank you very much, Tara. The illustrations and simple sentences are easy to understand.
Thank you for being a blessing to others. I know how much time this must have taken. What a comforting resource.
These are so helpful! As I read the Mask Etiquette one I thought of some adults who need to read this booklet. I definitely will use these slides the first days of school. Thank you!
Are any of these in Spanish?
Yes! If you click on a story and scroll down you will see links for different languages!
Thank you SO MUCH for these great resources! I agree with the above poster, who stated that you could have made a mint by selling these to teachers. I realize you're probably trying to get these messages out to children — it is SO very much appreciated by teachers all over the world, I'm sure. I'm one — from Shreveport, LA.
This makes my heart full <3. Thank you!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!
You are so welcome!
WOW, that you made all of these yourself and for free! I'm so appreciative and from school counselors every where I thank you!!
Awwww. You are welcome!
These are amazing!! You wrote them in a great way for the young ones to understand. Great Job!!
Lovely!! Thank you so much!!
You are welcome!
I LOVE THESE BOOKS.. THIS IS A GREAT WAY TO EMBRACE OUR "NEW NORMAL"… I WILL SHARE WITH MY PARENTS… THANK YOU
You are welcome! <3
Thank you for this timely and beautifully scripted resource.
You are so welcome!
I can't find the links for Spanish translations?
These are so great. Thank you.
If you go to http://www.autismlittlelearners.com and put "spanish" into the search window on the top right, you will see a list of stories. Click on the story you want, scroll down and you should see the link for the Spanish version!
Thank you so much for these fantastic stories. I am one of 9 Incursion presenters In Perth, Western Australia, who go into Schools, Kindergartens, Child care Centres, Special Education classes, etc to do a role play & activity based program to reduce anxiety in children about going to hospital or the doctor. I am sure these stories will be very useful & will be sharing your site with the other presenters & the classroom teachers.
Wonderful!! Stay safe over in Australia!
These are great! Thanks so much for offering them for our use. I work in a K-2 school and they are perfect for our students!
Yay! You are welcome!
These are amazing!! Thank you for sharing. Will you be creating anything about not sharing materials or other items?
You are welcome! That's a great idea. I touch on not putting things in mouths in some of the stories, but a story about not sharing materials/toys is a great idea. I'll work on that!
These are fabulous! Thank you for sharing. They will be perfect for Kindergarten!
I'm so glad you like them!!!
I am so grateful to you! These are amazing and will be extremely beneficial to our kids. I can't thank you enough for not only your time, energy, and talent in writing these but also in being so selfless and generous as to offer these to us for free. A million times, thank you! 🙂
Thank you so much for these great stories, they are fabulous! I wanted to ask your permission to read the story, Wearing A mask To School, aloud and have it recorded and/or make a video model to go along with your story so it could be shared to families and assist with the transition. We are also hoping to use the "YES, I need to wear a mask" "No, I don't need to wear a mask" visuals for some our kiddos who will need that visually communicated. They are great! I would never take the credit for such great stories and visuals, but wanted to make sure you are okay with it. Thank you again!
Thank you for sharing these wonderful stories/resources. It is very kind of you to offer them for free. Thank you!
Thank you so much!!! Thats an amazing job. Greetings from Brazil
Did you print one page per sheet or did you print two pages to a sheet in your books?
Thank you so much for this resource! It is amazing.
Thanks a million!
Your resources are colorful and engaging! Thanks for being the awesome content creator that you are!
Thank you so much for these great resources. They will be a great blessing to so many children and teachers. May God bless you.
Would these be available with teen kids clipart? The wording is perfect for my class, just need it for an older audience.
These are wonderful! Thank you so much!
Thank you very much for sharing these resources! They will definitely be used for our kids room.
Perfect timing and beautifully illustrated work.
Thank you for sharing ,really nice illustrated.
Thank you so much for sharing your creation! These are fantastic!!!
Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful resources! Your generosity is amazing. You are a gift and I am so thankful for these and for your willingness to help so many teachers and school children during this difficult time!
Thank you so much for sharing these! They are great.
These are amazing. Thank you!
Thanks for the great learning tools. This is amazing
These (as mentioned by so many) are just amazing! I intend to read and make each book with a primary community class. Tara, are there versions of these that are uncoloured? I ask as I would love to make a copy for each student (5) and after we read the book they could colour their own version. If not I could try to print black and white, and just used bright markers where possible. Great Stuff!!! Andrew
Hi from Malaysia. Thank you so much for this amazing learning tool. As most of the children communicate in English, majority use Malaysian language. Can we translate these & use your graphics & content?