Resources for Parents During Emergency School Closings

Ways To Move Forward

Special PTO To Do List: Summer 2020

There might still be more questions than answers, but one thing’s for sure—your group can make a huge difference as everyone moves forward.

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Graduation Ideas

16 Graduation Ideas for When Schools Are Closed

Graduation and moving-up ceremonies don’t have to be canceled because schools are closed. Communities all over the country are coming up with clever ways to celebrate milestone moments in students’ lives.

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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

Thinking of (or already) doing virtual meetings to keep PTO business going during coronavirus school closures? These tips can help you set them up and keep them going smoothly.

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Wrap It Up

Your PTO Year-End To Do List: 2020 Edition

16 steps to close out this (most unusual) school year and get ready for the fall.

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PTO Today Article

PTO “Closed”? That's OK.

Struggling to continue school parent group business during the coronavirus quarantine? 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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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’ spring plans, but PTOs and PTAs are responding with creativity and compassion.

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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

Teacher Appreciation Week 2020 looks different due to emergency school closings. Here are some easy ways to show your thanks from a distance.

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We're here for you

Special PTO To Do List: Spring 2020

School closures due to the spread of coronavirus have most likely put a big pause on your PTO’s spring plans. We're here to help with a special edition of our monthly to do lists.

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PTO Today Article

Activities To Keep Kids Busy When Schools Close

Stuck home because of the coronavirus closings? Keep up learning (and have some fun) with these indoor activities for kids including free classes, printables, media subscriptions, and more.

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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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Connections

Join Our Facebook Group!

In these times, staying connected is key. Join our PTO and PTA Leaders & Volunteers Facebook group and instantly chat, share, and connect with leaders like you.

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PTO Today Article

PTO Leaders: How To Use Facebook Live

If you haven't livestreamed your meetings, now's the time. Get our Facebook Live tips so you can broadcast events and meetings from home.

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How You Can Help

Coronavirus, Cold, Flu, and More: What PTOs Can Do

Help your school community deal with cold and flu season—and the spread of the new coronavirus—with these practical tips.

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Free Printable for Parents

14 Internet Slang Terms Parents Need To Know ASAP

With kids online more now than ever, your group can share this helpful list of need-to-know Internet slang terms with parents.

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Keep Up the STEM Learning

10 STEM Activities To Do at Home Using Household Items

Got some downtime with the kids? Here are 10 family-approved STEM activities to try, many using common household items.

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Parent Groups in the Community

6 Ways To Be a Community Resource

Try these community-building ideas like planning a service project and helping local businesses.

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Ways PTOs Can Help

Disaster Relief: How School Parent Groups Can Help

PTOs and PTAs often want to take action after a hurricane or other major event affects schools in other parts of the country.

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Bylaws/Nonprofit
How Good Are Your PTO Bylaws?

How Good Are Your PTO Bylaws?

Home and unable to do your usual PTO work? It could be a good time to do a bylaws review.

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PTO Today Article

How To Use AmazonSmile for Your PTO or PTA

It's more important than ever to get families on board with an easy way to earn some cash for your parent group.

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