School Health

Data: What We Know About Student Mental Health and the Pandemic

Summary: This article presents the results of a JED Foundation Survey as well as an Ed Week survey looking at the mental health issues that have been exacerbated by the pandemic. The issue of student mental health is critical when considering reopening schools and this survey data shows the many ways that it can affect …

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The Pandemic Will Affect Students’ Mental Health for Years to Come. How Schools Can Help

Summary: The author talks about the importance of understanding the stress that the pandemic has brought over the past year and how this will impact students (and teachers) over the long term. She makes the point that dealing with stress and anxiety is an important consideration. Some of children’s reactions to the pandemic may include …

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The Three Imperatives of Teaching During the Pandemic: An Ethicist Weighs In

Summary:  The premise of this article is to “keep students front and center” during the pandemic.  The author suggest three imperatives in order to make this happen. These include putting student health and safety first, teaching critical thinking, and teaching ethical leadership. Source:  Ann Gregg Skeet, Education Week, October 25, 2020 Description:  “A global pandemic …

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In Preschools, Sharing and Playtime Look Different Now

Summary:  The COVID-19 Pandemic has caused schools to reimagine some of the most important practices in order to maintain student health and social-distancing.  This article addresses how pre-schools can get creative to provide students with opportunities for playtime and sharing. Source:  Chelsea Sheasley, Edutopia, September 4, 2020 Description:  “What were once best practices in the …

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Prioritizing Human Connection When Social Distancing Is the New Norm

Summary:  This article addresses the question of how we can maintain connections between teachers and students and between students and their peers as schools close to flatten the spread of COVID19.  The author makes some suggestions to make online learning more personal for everyone involved. Source: Beth Rabbitt, EdSurge, March 16. 2020 Description:  “The decision …

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Building School Community Through Physical Activity

Summary:  This article talks about how physical education and recess can build a sense of community in a school while reinforcing SEL skills.  While learning these SEL skills, students also build relationships with each other and with their teacher. Source: Eric Nelson, Edutopia, November 19, 2020 Description:  “Physical education is important not only for an individual …

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As Teen Stress Increases, Teachers Look for Answers

Summary:  This article identifies stress and anxiety as a major teen problem.  The percentage of students feeling the pressure of stress, anxiety, and even depression is increasing at an alarming rate.  This article provides some suggestions for teachers wishing to help students cope. Source:  Andrew Simmons, Edutopia, November 20, 2019 Description:  “The academic pressures and …

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How Districts are Addressing Adolescent Mental Health

Summary:  Research from a recent white paper highlights the increasing crisis in adolescent mental health. In a recent edWebinar, presenters emphasized the need for school districts “to intervene with students as quickly as possible to keep them safe.” Source:  Eileen Belostock, eSchool News, November 15, 2019 Description: “Seventy percent of teens cite anxiety and depression as a significant …

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More States Requiring Mental Health Education

Summary:  This article reviews efforts that many states have made to address mental issues in schools.  The recognition that stress and anxiety in our schools contribute negatively to the mental health of students (and adults) has triggered this move to require schools to adopt mental health standards. Source:  Lucy Hood, Education DIVE, September 3, 2019 Description:  “We …

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‘Conditions for Learning’ Impact Chronic Absenteeism

Summary:  This article reports on research done by AIR that asserts that school and community factors may affect chronic absenteeism.  Among these factors are student health and safety and social-emotional skills. Source: Linda Jacobsen, Education DIVE, September 10, 2019 Description:  “Educators often say frequent absences are a symptom of another issue in a student’s life. …

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