Stressors Take Toll on Students’ Mental Health -

Back to school time of year brings anxiety to some students while others are anxious to return to a routine discipline, friends, and sports.  The new routine of remote learning will cause new challenges for some, while some students will thrive in an independent environment.  In some cases, it will be better.

Students will learn at their own pace. Some students will jump ahead, while some will lag behind, in much the same was in a normal school.

We also need to consider the teacher's needs and responsibilities. Teachers will not have physical responsibility for student safety. Social interaction and disruptive behavior will be lessened. Along with the technical challenges of video conferencing, new techniques will be learned. The new 'normalcy' will also prepare students for the new workplace of remote work.

As many predicted Covid 19 has transformed our lives, at work, at home, and in education.

Distance learning may not be appropriate for early elementary school where physical presence is important for developmental socialization.

Surveys of parents with school-age children reveal the mental health challenges faced by their young ones. A Gallup poll conducted in May found that among parents with children in kindergarten through grade 12, 29% said their child was “already experiencing harm” to their emotional or mental health because of physical distancing and pandemic-related closures of schools and businesses.

Classroom with Social Distancing

Typical Classroom, without social distancing

“Trauma on Top of Trauma”

Students from kindergarten through graduate school are already returning to their studies amid both the pandemic and widespread protests of racial injustice and police violence. Experts worry that these compounding stressors are taking a toll on the mental, emotional, and physical health of young people.

Finally, whatever happens, it is an opportunity to study the effects and make plans for a new future.