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Mental health tips for kids as ‘normal’ school resumes

by DrewLUD

Fall was supposed to be the “return to normal” for kids. 

Schools in Maryland and around the nation are planning to resume full-time, in-person instruction. That was already likely to be a rocky transition for some after a year-plus of virtual and hybrid learning, social isolation and too much screen time. 

Now, it looks like students will be back in class with the pandemic far from over, as the highly contagious delta variant spreads, even if vaccinations provide good protection for most people. Individual school districts are deciding whether to use masks with Wicomico County among those that will.

Transmission rates are listed as “high” for Wicomico, Worcester, Somerset, Dorchester and Talbot counties, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.   

Background:Gov. Murphy announces NJ school mask mandate. Here’s what you need to know

Masks are a universal requirement among NJ's colleges and universities as they prepare to welcome students, faculty and staff back to campuses this fall.

The stress isn’t going away. But there are ways parents and educators can help kids cope with mental health concerns in Year Two of COVID. The USA TODAY Network compiled a list of signs to look out for and steps to take as classes and campuses reopen.

Uncertainty breeds anxiety, mental health experts said, and they expect the coming school year to be fraught with both. 

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