Living through the pandemic has been hard on America’s school children. A recent study suggests a doubling of disorders like anxiety and depression among young kids. What’s more, 1 in 1,000 school-aged children has lost a primary caregiver due to COVID-19.

Our education desk asked two professors who train future school psychologists – Sandra M. Chafouleas of the University of Connecticut and Amy Briesch of Northeastern University – about what to look for as the nation returns to class. Chafouleas and Briesch see an unfolding crisis. Not only are most schools understaffed with mental health professionals, but hiring more won’t be easy, even with federal dollars to spend.

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Emily Costello

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School districts are using federal COVID-19 relief funds to hire more mental health professionals. SDI Productions/E+ Collection via Getty Images

Students are returning to school with anxiety, grief and gaps in social skills – will there be enough school mental health resources?

Sandra M. Chafouleas, University of Connecticut; Amy Briesch, Northeastern University

A shortage of school psychologists will pose serious problems as children return to school with higher levels of stress and anxiety, two experts on student mental health say.

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