COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

Northwest Education Services (North Ed) uses this webpage to provide COVID-19-related information and resources to our school community.

For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, please refer to the following websites:

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Grand Traverse County Health Department
Serving Grand Traverse County

Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department
Serving Benzie and Leelanau counties

District Health Department #10
Serving Crawford, Kalkaska, Lake, Manistee, Mason, Mecosta, Missaukee, Newayo, Oceana and Wexford counties

Northwest Michigan Department of Health
Serving Charlevoix, Harbor Springs/Petoskey, Gaylord, Mancelona and Bellaire

Mental Health Resources

Michael's Place - Grief support
Phone: 231-947-6453

Third Level Services - Crisis intervention/suicide prevention
24-hour Hotline: 800-442-7315 or 231-922-4800

MI Department of Education: Mental Health Toolkit

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-8255

The Trevor Project - Crisis intervention/suicide prevention
TrevorChat: (best accessed from a computer)
24/7 TrevorLifeline: 866-488-7386
TrevorText: text "START" to 678678 (6AM-1AM EST)

Family Assessment & Safety Team (FAST): 833-295-0616 (24/7 Hotline)
Call FAST if: 

  • An individual is experiencing out of control behaviors that place him/herself at risk of harming self or others
  • An individual is expressing thoughts of suicide
  • An individual is experiencing severe stress that is resulting in a significant decline in daily and/or family functioning.
  • You just don’t know what else to do

Social-Emotional Development in Young Children

Youth Mental Health Resources

The document here contains links that may help youth, families and educators connect to organizations that are equipped to help. 

Youth Mental Health Resources

Resources to support awareness and reduce fear for children

Countering COVID-19 Stigma and Racism: Tips for parents and caregivers (

Trauma-Informed Response Principles

Social-Emotional Remote Toolkit

Talking to Children about COVID-19 (NAPS & NASN)

Supporting Families During COVID-19 Resource Guide (Child Mind Institute)  

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) COVID-19 Resource

Helping Young Kids Through the Coronavirus Crisis (U of M Department of Psychiatry)

Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus, on National Public Radio (NPR)


Videos for Kids:
The Mysteries of Life - Coronavirus, by BrainPOP
Sesame Street Coronavirus Town Hall,  with Dr. Leana Wen
Discouraging the Spread of Germs with Elmo and Rosita, in English and in Spanish

Preparing for Infectious Disease Epidemics (National Association of School Psychologists)

Brief Action Steps for School Crisis Response Teams (National Association of School Psychologists)

Remote Learning Toolkit