School Nurse Corner: Not Just Face Masks and Hand Sanitizer, but Counseling and Care
[Source: School Based Health Care Alliance]
While school district leaders across the country urgently seek protective gear and cleaning supplies, redesign classrooms and bus schedules to enable social distancing, and take other preventative safety measures, they must also place an equally high priority on protecting the mental, emotional, and social health of students–an issue often overlooked in the current debate about school re-openings.
“We must treat the COVID-19 crisis like a natural disaster or any other incident with mass casualties, but on a much wider scale,” said Robert Boyd, president of the School Based Health Alliance. “Schools simply cannot reopen if they do not have the resources to provide adequate care for both the physical and mental health needs of their students and staffs.”
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