Back to School and Mental Health: A Parent Resource Guide
The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has had a significant impact on what going back to school means for schools, teachers, students and parents. These are uncertain and challenging times and everyone wants to protect the safety of children, their families, and all the people who work with the children in the schools. Each school district is making difficult decisions, some will be bringing students back to the classroom, some will use virtual classes, others will have a blended approach. Regardless of the approach your district and your family choose, there will be changes to how your child has experienced school in the past. COVID-19 and the new school experience can be very stressful on children, parents and caregivers, and teachers and school staff. Fear about getting sick or getting others sick and public health actions including physical distancing, which can make people feel isolated and lonely, can increase stress and anxiety. Recognizing that children, parents and teachers also may have other stressors as a result of COVID-19 can also impact stress levels. For children and adults, it is important to know how to cope with stress in a healthy way, what you should be watching for that might indicate something of concern, and where to get help and support if needed.