SAN JOSE, CA (October 19, 2021) – “The new report issued today by the U.S. Department of Education is a welcome step in raising our national consciousness around how the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a serious toll on the mental health of the nation’s youth. We’re encouraged to see that the Department’s report largely echoes the findings and recommendations published by SVLG last month in our report examining how Bay Area schools are addressing the underlying stressors and concerns facing local youth,” said Sara Garcia, Director of Education & Workforce Development at SVLG.
As the pandemic continues to be a factor in our daily lives, schools have been at the center of public concern. While adults opine on teacher vaccination, when to return to classrooms, and masking mandates, one factor remains constant – the effects of this unusual time on student mental health are real and need attention.
As student mental health and trauma support gain added attention and funds, for this next school year, the big question remains: How long will the funding last to support this moment?
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