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Editor's E-Note

Returning to school after a summer break may be anxiety-provoking for many students for any number of reasons. But after the challenges posed by COVID-19 during the pandemic, the return to the classroom may be especially fraught for many young people. Ashaad Hipps, MSW, LMSW, CYMHS, discusses the impact of the changes brought about during quarantine and strategies for helping students.

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Back to School Anxiety Post COVID-19

By Ashaad Hipps, MSW, LMSW, CYMHS

Returning to school after summer break can be a stressful time for everyone. A new school year comes with many new adventures and challenges, which can be scary for children and teens. During the COVID-19 pandemic, students transitioned to remote learning, and post COVID-19, they returned to the classroom. Imagine trying to adjust to in-person learning, instead of learning virtually, and a post COVID-19 world of uncertainty. The reacclimation to in-person social interactions, removal of social distancing requirements, and receipt of in-person instruction could lead to anxiety in young children and teens.

The Impact of COVID-19 and Anxiety

The COVID-19 pandemic had a tremendous impact on children and families due to the widespread uncertainty caused by the virus. Children suddenly lost the ability to engage in their day-to-day activities, such as going to school, hanging out with friends, and playing sports. This unexpected disruption combined with the unknown could have exacerbated anxiety in children. In addition, the pandemic and lockdowns also affected school-aged children and teens developmentally due to the disruption of their social and learning environments. The transition from elementary to middle and middle to high school are important factors in the lives of children.1 During COVID-19 lockdowns, many students were promoted and had their transition to elementary, middle, or high school virtually. An online transition removed many opportunities for students to appropriately acclimate to their new environments or form positive relationships with peers or teachers, which influences social development and may increase anxiety levels.

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