Times are tough. More students are homeless and hungry. More school employees are getting laid off. People who normally don't worry much about their personal finances are worried now.

With anxiety and stress rampant, school leaders need to focus more time and attention on communications.

Simple things, such as stopping by classrooms and offices more frequently to check in with staff about how they're doing and offering a pat on the back or a sympathetic shoulder, often mean the most. Students need to know they're more than just a test score; staff members need to know they're more than just another line


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