Resources for Parent Groups During Coronavirus Closures

Free Resources for Your Group

Free Guides To Make PTO Life Easier

We're committed to helping your group succeed during these times. Check out our free guides on fun runs, holiday shops, playgrounds, and more—many adapted to help you plan safe or virtual fundraisers.

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From Our Community

Holiday Gifts for a Teacher—What Teachers Really Want

Reader ideas for what to give—and what not to—for teacher holiday presents, including specific "2020" ideas.

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PTO Today Article

Holiday Ideas for Your PTO or PTA

The holidays are a natural time to showcase your school parent group with festive activities and events. Not sure where to begin? Choose from these ideas, newly updated with virtual holiday celebrations and activities.

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School Holiday Shops

Socially Distanced Holiday Shop Options

Concerns over COVID-19 don’t have to derail your plans for a school holiday shop this winter.

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Have Some (Safe) Fall Fun

8 Reimagined Fall Events

Creative ways to change up your usual Halloween events and fall festivals, inspired by real-life leaders.

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Foster a Love of Learning!

Free Experiments That Teach Kids About Bacteria

Bacteria growth, DIY petri dishes, microbe DNA, and more—bring science to life at home with the Microban 24 24-Hour Science Experiment. It's free to download!

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PTO Today Article

How To Room Parent in 2020

Being a class parent this fall looks a little different, but there are still many worthwhile volunteer opportunities within the role. Check our sister site TeacherLists.com for ideas.

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School Fundraising

School Fundraising in the Coronavirus Pandemic

Yes, you can still hold a fundraiser even if your school is virtual. Check our 14 great ideas.

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New Free Planning Guide
Adapt PTO Work During Coronavirus Closures Guide

Adapt Your PTO Work During Coronavirus Closures

Our free guide walks you through moving forward with your parent group, even from a distance: Plan safe events and fundraisers, learn ways that volunteers can help even if they can’t get into schools, and much more.

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PTO Today Article

Virtual Back-to-School Night Ideas

Ideas from leaders for distanced welcome back nights that will inspire your school community.

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How You Can Help

Social and Emotional Support at Back to School: How PTOs Can Help

It's a tough time for everyone. Your parent group can play a key role in helping support your school community through it.

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PTO Today Article

The Parent Group Budgeting Process When Times Aren’t Normal

How to make a budget even when you have a lot of questions about what’s to come.

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Inspiration from leaders

PTO Pandemic Playlist

A leader-inspired playlist of songs to keep you going, make you laugh, or help you through a tough moment.

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Family Fun

Field Day Games—At-Home Edition

Prolonged school closures have made everyone stir crazy. We’ve adapted some popular field day games and activities so you can do them at home with your kids.

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Elections, Virtual Meetings, and More

FAQs: Adapting Your PTO to a New Normal

How groups across the country are adjusting their PTO activities to current circumstances—and how you can, too.

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How You Can Help

How PTOs and PTAs Have Responded to the Coronavirus Pandemic

Emergency school closings have upended school parent groups’ plans, but PTOs and PTAs are responding with creativity and compassion.

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Showing the Love

Teacher Appreciation Goes Mainstream During School Closures

A look at how giving teachers the love they deserve has spread well beyond parent groups during this spring's school closures.

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Meetings

Videoconferencing Tips for Your Virtual PTO Meeting

Meeting online to keep PTO business going during prolonged school closures? Try these tips to keep your virtual meetings going smoothly.

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PTO Today Article

PTO “Closed”? That's OK.

Struggling to continue school parent group business during the prolonged coronavirus school closures? You’re not alone—and we get it. Try our tips to avoid burnout and keep it together.

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Lists for PreK-8

COVID-19 At-Home School Supply Lists

Half-used glue sticks and scrap paper will only get you so far in your at-home classrooms. Check out these supply lists by grade range from our sister site, TeacherLists.

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yes, you can!

Online Voting Tips for PTOs and PTAs

Coronavirus has suspended many areas of normal PTO life, but making your officer elections virtual can help keep business moving along. (And yes, it's legal!)

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Teacher Appreciation 2020

Teacher Appreciation Ideas for When Schools Are Closed

Show them the love—even from a distance.

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At-Home Learning They'll Love

Activities To Keep Kids Busy When Schools Close

Free science experiments, printables, media subscriptions, and exercise ideas—check out these fun indoor activities to supplement distance learning or to help entertain kids over Thanksgiving break.

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PTO Today Article

Reduce Your PTO Stress

Checking off to dos can sometimes help reduce stress. Scroll through this list for some PTO tasks you might be able to take care of from home.

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