After a year of virtual and hybrid schooling, many children are returning to in-person learning. This is welcome news. In addition to the academic and social engagement schools provide, they also offer critical services and benefits that include school supported resources like meal programs, special education, mental health services, and childcare. And while the absence of in-person education has been difficult for everyone, it has been of particular concern for students in low-resourced communities with less access to technology, those experiencing homelessness, violence in the home, or those whose parents and caregivers could not stay home to provide childcare.
While keeping students, teachers, staff and communities safe from COVID-19 is of top concern for any return to school, there may be other challenges that returning to the classroom brings. Read more on StopBullying.gov.