Schools in Atlanta Discuss the Effect of the Pandemic on Students' Mental Health

March 30, 2021

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Schools in Atlanta Discuss the Effect of the Pandemic on Students' Mental HealthAs more children return to schools that were closed a year before, educators are constantly concentrating on the pandemic's psychological and academic implications. As reported by an AJC article titled, "Atlanta Schools Tackle Pandemic's Mental Health Toll on Students", the Atlanta school board passed a resolution back in February emphasizing the effects of early trauma on brain growth. It demands that students who are in need of assistance undergo counseling and other forms of assistance.

In the Georgia Student Health Survey, which 725,000 middle and high school students conducted before schools closed a year ago, 46% of students reported they feel stressed and lonely with 30% having extreme anxiety or worries that clashed with their everyday lives. For others, the pandemic may have exacerbated those emotions.

Fulton began the academic year with a "restart" curriculum that included lessons on persistence and controlling feelings and stress. In addition, a long-term program to strengthen relationships with regional mental health services was completed this year, resulting in schools also having a therapist on campus. Some schools seem to be paying more attention to how depression impacts pupils.

To read the article in detail, visit: Atlanta Schools Tackle Pandemic's Mental Health Toll on Students.

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