NorCal Regional Update
October 25, 2021
The nation’s schools were already struggling to meet students’ mental health needs when the pandemic hit. How can schools rise to meet students’ ballooning needs in that area as a massive school reopening gets underway?
To be sure, it will be difficult to balance mental health support with an equally massive academic recovery. But child development experts say it’s a balance schools must attempt to strike if they want students to regain their academic footing after an unprecedented year of disruptions, stress, and trauma.
An infusion of federal COVID-19 relief money will help, but how those funds are used will be pivotal. And experts say that schools cannot just focus on the students they know are in crisis; they must bolster supports for all students as well as staff members.
Since March 2020, the pandemic has wreaked havoc on students’ lives and learning. Congress has responded by showering schools with money — $193 billion, so
If we could forget that education ever existed, and start over from scratch, what would it look like? That’s a question — originally posed by
At Penryn Elementary, a rural K-8 school just north of Sacramento, “Kindergarten is supposed to be magical,” according to Joyce Mucher. She didn’t want her
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