COVID-19: Effects on High School, Summer, and College Admissions

States may be lifting restrictions as the COVID-19 crisis stabilizes, but the country—and students in particular—are still feeling the effects of the pandemic.

The coronavirus will continue to have a major impact on many aspects of high school. Social distancing, mask wearing, and online learning are part of our “new normal,” and they’re changing everything from grades to sports to college visits.

With all the rapid developments, it’s no surprise if you feel uncertain and overwhelmed by all the questions. Will our family be co-working and co-schooling forever? What exactly is happening with the SAT? How will my student build their college list if they can’t tour any campuses?

To help you feel a bit less overwhelmed, we’ve compiled resources and advice we’ve published related to COVID-19 so far. We’ve got information and recommendations on testing, summer activities, college admissions, and even how to help your student get motivated and stay focused. Rest assured, there’s more insight to come, including how to make the most of those virtual tours. Watch this space!

If we can answer any additional questions about school, COVID-19 and your student’s situation, reach out to us at or 617-714-5262. We’re here and ready to help.

Remote Learning

COVID-19 Update: Signet’s ongoing protocols to keep students and tutors safe and healthy while still delivering high-quality coaching and instruction.

How Our Technology Helps Kids Be Better Virtual Learners: How we use our world-class educational platform to foster online learning. Includes recommendations and tips for all types of online learning!

Standardized Testing

What to Do if Your SAT or ACT is Cancelled: How to “keep calm and study on” if your student’s test date was cancelled.

College Admissions

How Has COVID-19 Affected College Admissions? This post addresses many areas of college admissions, from transcripts to gap years.

How to Make College Decisions Without In-Person Visits: Resources and ideas for alternatives to live campus tours so your student can put together their college list without delay.

Studying, Focus, And Executive Function Skills

Want to Finish Strong This Academic Year? A simple process to help students at the end of a challenging semester; also applicable for starting a new semester!

What to Do if This School Year is a Bust: There’s still plenty of time to reset this summer and start fresh next year.

What’s the Coronavirus Slide? An interview with Dr. David Stein on the coronavirus slide, teens’ developmental needs, and how to maintain the right amount of structure in your home life.

Summer Activities

What Should Students Do About Summer? There are still great opportunities for students to have an enriching summer this year.

Sheila A.

Sheila A.

Sheila Akbar is President & COO of Signet Education. She holds a bachelor's degree and master's degree from Harvard University and two doctoral degrees from Indiana University. She joined the team in the summer of 2010, bringing with her a wealth of experience teaching SAT, ACT, GRE, literature, and composition in both one-on-one and classroom settings.

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