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Students are stressed. Educators can help.

By Kwok-Sze Richard Wong
June 2020
Vol. 41, No. 3
Childhood and adolescence are stressful, even in the best of times — and these are not the best of times. The COVID-19 pandemic has increased already-high stress and anxiety levels among students. In addition to the health dangers of the virus, and the sense of worry and hopelessness some families are experiencing due to job losses, school closures have caused many students to lose a source of stability and support. All plans to support students, both during distance learning and the eventual return to classrooms, should include a focus on students’ social and emotional health and well-being. Like all of the other challenges we’re navigating right now, this will take professional learning to do well. Fortunately, teachers, and those who lead and support them, can

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Kwok-Sze Richard Wong

Kwok-Sze Richard Wong (richard@schoolcounselor.org) is executive director of the American School Counselor Association in Alexandria, Virginia.



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