This list of resources can help Girard College families learn more about COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines as well as connect with local organizations for assistance throughout the coronavirus public health crisis.
Girard College believes that school is safer when everyone is vaccinated. We have all been making sacrifices for nearly a year because of this deadly disease, staying indoors, not being able to see family and friends the way we want to.
At this time, the COVID-19 vaccines are not approved in children under 16, but trials have begun. This is a good time to set your intention regarding your personal decision on vaccination for yourself and your family. Here is a list of resources that may be helpful to you:
Local Doctor’s Message to the Black Community About COVID Vaccine
Penn Medicine’s Dr. Florencia Greer Polite
How to Sign Up for Notifications about the Vaccine
Limited supply of the COVID vaccine has made it very difficult to secure an appointment to receive the vaccine, even for those who are eligible. Many of the current online sign-up forms only allow for pre-registration so you can be notified when and how to make an appointment.
Please be mindful of security and privacy concerns whenever you enter personal information online. Girard College does not accept responsibility for the security of outside websites.
- COVID-19 Vaccine Interest Form
City of Philadelphia Department of Public Health
- COVID-19 Vaccine Sign-up
Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium
- Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Delaware County, PA
Chester County, PA
Montgomery County, PA
Bucks County, PA
- COVID-19 Information Hub
State of New Jersey
- COVID-19 Vaccine
State of Delaware
COVID-19 Training Video
This COVID-19 training video from Clinical Staffing Solutions provides a basic and relevant overview of COVID-19 symptoms, testing, isolation and quarantine. It also addresses when to seek a medical evaluation vs calling 911, issues with out of state travel, difference between high risk and low risk, recommended personal protection for each of these categories and other frequently asked questions.
COVID Training for Students and Staff
“Responding to COVID-19 in Pennsylvania”
“COVID-19 Data for Pennsylvania”
Masking Order and Guidelines
All Pennsylvanians are required to wear masks whenever they leave home, according to an order by Governor Tom Wolf on July 1, 2020. There are some exceptions, including for people who cannot wear a mask due to a medical condition and children under two years old.
“Gov. Wolf: Sec. of Health Signs Expanded Mask-Wearing Order”
“Why, When, and How to Use a Mask” – Philadelphia Dept. of Public Health
“Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19” – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Behavioral Health Resources
“Support & Referral Helpline Created for Pennsylvanians in Need of Behavioral Health Resources and Referrals During COVID-19 Public Health Crisis” – PA Department of Human Services
Where to find free, nutritious food during COVID-19
COVID-19 Testing Sites
Free pregnancy, baby, and toddler support during COVID-19
Food Stamps, Cash, & Medicaid
City of Philadelphia Office of Homeless Services
Shelter & Utilities Assistance
Child-care, Parenting and Home-Schooling Resources
Urgent/Non-Urgent Mental Healthcare
Staying connected during COVID-19 – Internet and Phone Information
Crisis Response Center
If your child is experiencing emotions or behaviors that may cause a life-threatening injury to themselves or others, please call or take your child to the crisis center. Open 24/7
Philadelphia Children’s Crisis Response Center
3300 Henry Avenue, Falls Center 2, Suite 3N, Philadelphia, PA 19129
Child Guidance Resource Center/Family-Based Services
Family & Community Service of Delaware County
Nutritional Development Services
Free and reduced price meals and snacks for children at schools, child care sites, summer programs & shelters.
Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Program
All of Delaware County
Food vouchers & nutrition education for pregnant women, postpartum women, infants & children up to age five.
Free and low-cost health services in Delaware County
Additional Resources in Delco
Family Services of Montgomery County
Montgomery County Community-Based Supports & Services
Family Service Association of Bucks County
Family Service of Chester County
Electric, Utility, Heating Bills
Information on resources in New York is very limited at this time. Regional Enrichment Centers will be set up to take care of children of first responders and health workers.
New York City students are able to visit school locations this week for grab ‘n go meals from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at any school building. Breakfast and lunch meals will be offered at all schools — and you don’t have to go to your child’s current school to receive a meal. The city said students can go to their nearest public school location.
Dover Food Pantries, Soup Kitchens & Food Banks
If you are having a psychiatric or substance abuse crisis and need assistance, please contact Mobile Crisis Intervention Services (MCIS): Northern Delaware Hotline, call: 800-652-2929
Southern Delaware Hotline, call: 800-345-6785
New Castle County
Mobile Crisis Intervention
1901 North Dupont Highway
New Castle, DE 19720
Phone Hot Line (800) 652-2929
Main/Toll Free (800) 652-2929
New Castle County (302) 577-2484
New Castle Food Pantries
Wilmington Food Pantries
Catholic Charities – Delaware
It is important to call to find out where and how to apply for assistance. To contact Catholic Charities call:
- Kent County: (302) 674-1782
- New Castle County: (302) 654-9295
- Sussex County: (302) 856-6310
Suicide Prevention Hotline
1-800-273-8255/ Text or Call