COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

Michigan schools are using the Safe Schools Roadmap for a safe, efficient and equitable return to school for 2020-21. The roadmap provides required and strongly recommended safety protocols to keep communities safe, in addition to recommendations supporting mental and social-emotional health, instruction, and operations within each phase of the MI Safe Start Plan. The Roadmap is a framework to develop their in ensure these guiding principles:

  1. Equitable access to learning is a right for each child.
  2. In collaboration with parents, students, and teachers, schools will use data and evidence to prioritize resources for each child.
  3. Teachers and staff will prioritize deep, meaningful relationships to create safe learning environments for each child.
  4. Teachers and staff will empower the value, cultivation of relationships, and belonging of student and parent voice in all aspects of learning and emotional support for families.

Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District (TBAISD) works closely with local, state and federal health agencies to monitor the pandemic status in our region to prevent and mitigate infections from COVID-19.  We will continue to provide timely communication as factual information is updated by health authorities. Any changes regarding school closures or further information will be shared through our School Messenger communication system, website, and social media.

Thank you for your understanding as we work to open schools, keep our community safe, and respond to COVID-19.


Official COVID-19 Information & Resources

The following resources are provided by federal, state, and local government and health officials

MI Safe Start Map

MI Safe Schools: Return to School Roadmap

Michigan Department of Health & Human Services
COVID-19 Hotline: 1-888-535-6136 (Daily 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

Grand Traverse County COVID-19 Website/ Weekly Updates (
Grand Traverse County COVID-19 Information for Schools
Return to School Toolkit
Process for a COVID-19 Case at School

MI DHHS COVID-19 Exposure Infographic

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC official site)
CDC Symptoms of Coronavirus
CDC Contact Tracing Practices
CEC Prevention Information
Stop the Spread of Germs (poster)

Childcare Resources

Families who are seeking childcare assistance may call 877-614-7328 or visit for additional information.

To find childcare providers who have the capacity to provide care for children of essential workers call 2-1-1 to be routed to someone in our community who can help.



How to talk to children about COVID-19

Resources to support awareness and reduce fear for children

Countering COVID-19 stigma and racism: Tips for parent and caregivers (

Trauma-Informed Response Principles

TBAISD Social-Emotional Remote Toolkit

A Parent Resource - Talking to Children about COVID-19

Video for Kids: The Mysteries of Life - Coronavirus, by BrainPOP

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

Communicating with Children during the COVID-19 Outbreak, from MDHHS

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) COVID-19 ResourceLINK
This resource has social stories and visual supports related to COVID-19 to help students better understand what the virus is, why schools are closed, and how they can stay healthy.  These supports can be especially effective with students with disabilities, such as those with complex communication needs or autism.

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

Northwest lower Michigan early childhood resources:

School Meal Services

Schools in the five-county Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District region have released food service schedules and distribution plans. Hours of operation and distribution plans vary by school. Click this link for the complete list of School Food Service Distribution Schedules.

Food Pantry Information

Emotional & Mental Health Resources

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

TBAISD COVID-19 Communication

Outreach to TBAISD Staff, Families & Students

April 3, 2020 - Letter to School Families (Continued Learning)

March 19, 2020 - Support Services Letter to School Families

March 13, 2020 - Letter to School Families and Students

March 13, 2020 - Letter to TBAISD Staff

March 11, 2020 -   Letter to ISD Families and Students

February 28, 2020 - Initial letter to school families 

Other Resources:

Mitigating an outbreak - Flattening the Curve for COVID-19

Michigan Executive Orders


June 30, 2020Provision of preK-12 Education for 2020-2021 School Year (executive order 2020-142)
MI Safe Schools: Return to School Roadmap

April 2, 2020Suspending Face-to-Face Learning at K-12 Schools (executive order 2020-35)

March 16, 2020 - Expanding Child Care for Essential Workers (executive order 2020-16)

March 12, 2020 - Temporary School Closure (executive order 2020-11)

Michigan Department of Health & Human Services/County Health Departments

I think I have been exposed to coronavirus, what should I do?

MDHHS Coronavirus website - Michigan Dept of Health & Human Services

Grand Traverse County Health Department 
Serving Grand Traverse County

Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department
Serving Benzie and Leelanau counties

District Health Department #10 Coronavirus information
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

Resources for School Professionals

Michigan Department of Education COVID-19 Communications

Health-Related Resources

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 

General Community Resources

Northwest Michigan Works! - access this link for resources that support workers, unemployed individuals, and community residents


24/7 National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233, or text LOVEIS to 22522 (for survivors & victims)

If you suspect child abuse, contact local law enforcement immediately by dialing 911 or the DHHS Hotline at 1-855-444-3911

Substance Use/Substance Use Disorder recovery support 

Michigan Unemployment Information: 1-866-500-0017
(recent expansion of qualifiers due to COVID-19)
For the fastest assistance submitting claims, go online

United Way of Northwest Michigan: Call 2-1-1 if you or someone you know need assistance with food, housing or financial support. This is also a way to volunteer to help in your community.

Public Transportation: Bay Area Transportation Authority (BATA)