During this global pandemic, everyone is facing questions and uncertainty, including children and adolescents. Sifting through all of the available information and resources to navigate these conversations in effective and age-appropriate ways can feel overwhelming for caregivers and teachers who are facing so many shifting responsibilities.
As a team of students at Harvard Medical School, we believe it is critical for students of all ages to have access to accurate, engaging, and developmentally-appropriate information about COVID-19 and how it is impacting their lives, as well as resources to help them effectively cope with the stress and anxiety they are likely facing. We have synthesized available information about Coronavirus to craft curricula for elementary, middle, and high school students in formats that are uniquely tailored to each age group’s needs and abilities:
All of the materials published have been reviewed by faculty experts in medicine and child psychiatry and development. We have made every effort to ensure that these curricula will provide age-appropriate, accurate, and empowering information for children and teens, but we advise parents and teachers to review materials first to determine their appropriateness for each individual student. Some students may benefit more from a curriculum outside of their own age group based on developmental and educational progress. Please feel free to share these materials with anyone you think may find them useful! We encourage you to fill out our guest book so that we can see how many students access the site.
As of May 1st, 2020, the curriculum has been accessed by over 1,200 users from 26 different countries!
These curricula were entirely written and compiled by Harvard Medical School students, and nothing contained on this website is an official publication of the institution. Our materials do not constitute medical advice, and are provided solely as an educational resource.
Please share your feedback here.The Pediatric Education Team
Rachel Reardon: Team Lead
Chandler Moore, Logan Beyer, Margaret Irwin: Elementary Team
Kendall Carpenter, Priya Shah: Middle School Team
Jessica Laird, Katie Kester: High School Team
Students at Harvard Medical School
HMS COVID-19 Student Response Team, Education for Broader Community
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