COVID & Mental Health

This series seeks to amplify efforts to better support the wellness of students and school staff during this challenging comeback year.

Many principals reported an uptick in school violence and disruption on a new federal survey, though a sizable portion saw no change from pre-pandemic years.
New York City’s Class of 2022 returned to school full time after two disrupted years. Four graduating high school seniors told us about how they made it through.
A growing number of educators are embracing the practice, popularized by Christopher Emdin, giving students a bigger say in shaping their learning.
At an event hosted by Chalkbeat and College Track, many said schools weren’t able to give students needed support.
My anxiety accompanied me back to school, making this whole school year one big transition.
As part of a Chicago Public Schools film project, in partnership with other groups, students at four high schools seek to elevate the voices of young people.
Some blasted NYC’s move to screen all students’ social-emotional skills using an assessment called DESSA. This Brooklyn school has learned to embrace it.
Many organizations will face tough decisions about laying off staff and cutting back services that have been a cornerstone of the city’s much-lauded Community Schools program.
Join Chalkbeat on June 8, 5-6:15 p.m. ET for the final event in our series on COVID and mental health.
Anxiety, depression, and chronic absenteeism are on the rise as many students and parents struggle with school refusal after prolonged campus closures during COVID.
Please Stay is focused on providing mental health support aimed at suicide prevention for seventh to 12th grade students in Chicago Public Schools.
Comfort dogs are helping NYC students in literacy, math, and social-emotional learning during a challenging school year.
Virtual discussion sheds light on epidemic and its impact on the mental health of students
During a Chalkbeat Philadelphia and Resolve Philly event, students, experts, and educators will weigh in on mental health resources. Here’s our reading guide.
One of the largest pushes this year went toward expanding free child care. The city’s public schools will receive just over $12 billion in state funding.
Denver Public Schools and the teachers union are collaborating on quantifying the work of specialists like school psychologists to make their jobs more manageable.
Join Chalkbeat Philadelphia on April 20, 5-6 p.m. ET for the third event in our series on COVID and mental health.
Schools rely on teachers to care, even at our own expense.
School-based health centers allow students to access therapy, a medical checkup, or a dental appointment a short walk from their classrooms.
As leading health officials warn of an accelerating youth mental health crisis, students from across Tennessee say laws limiting how topics like institutional racism and white privilege can be taught are disheartening.
Chicago music teacher Trevor Nicholas and his students created an original song and music video. It earned Nicholas a Grammy nod.
Students, experts, and educators will discuss their ideas on how CRT debates and proposed book bans are affecting schools. Here’s our reading list.
An advocacy group’s report points to lack of bilingual staff and COVID as big issues.
You’re invited to join the conversation with students and educators on March 31.
Finalists for the 2022 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching weigh in on how their schools support student and educator mental health — and how they can do more.
The district has only spent 12%, or $62.9 million, on a program to address the pandemic’s academic and mental health harms.
Schools are teetering between optimism and exhaustion two years into the pandemic.
Chalkbeat Detroit, Bridge Michigan, and The Detroit Free Press held a discussion Wednesday to discuss how schools can support students with mental health needs.
Want to better understand how Michigan school districts are responding to the student mental health crisis?
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