Most schools across the country sent students home last spring at the onset of the pandemic. More than a year later, many are just now reopening—unaware of the true impact the stresses brought on by COVID-19 have had on children.
One of the biggest challenges ahead for education professionals is knowing how to support students sufficiently, particularly from a student mental health standpoint, as they return to classrooms. Many learners have fallen behind and are now generally disengaged. In addition, social isolation and other issues at home, including the recent rise in domestic violence and unemployment, have taken a major toll on youth and student mental health.
Concerns around the mental health of students are also rising. A recent Reuters report found that more than 70 percent of districts polled have seen increased mental health stress amongst students. A recent survey of K-12 and higher education professionals found that respondents ranked student mental health as their second-highest safety concern.
Consequently, schools must invest in resources, tools, and technologies today to help their students thrive from a mental health standpoint. Doing so will have short- and long-term benefits for learners, families, teachers, and staff.
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