On the menu today: Schools have been open since September, but life in the nation’s classrooms is a long way away from back to “normal.” Today’s Jolt takes a deep dive into the lingering social, psychological, and emotional consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic on our kids.

The Pandemic’s Aftermath for Kids

At the start of this school year, one of my best friends started a new job at an elementary school that taught kindergarteners through fifth graders. After a few months, he said that the third-, fourth-, and fifth-grade kids were terrific, but that he was having all kinds of discipline issues — oftentimes just the basics, like getting the kids to understand that they were supposed to stop talking when the teacher was talking — in the kindergarteners, first, and second graders. And he pointed to a reason I hadn’t immediately realized: For a lot of the second graders, this was the first time they had been inside a classroom because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

By March 25, 2020, all public schools in the United States closed because of the pandemic, but some started earlier — Ohio closed all schools on March 12 ...

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How Covid Closures Took a Toll on Kids

On the menu today: Schools have been open since September, but life in the nation’s classrooms is a long way away from back to “normal.” Today’s Jolt takes a deep dive into the lingering social, psychological, and emotional consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic on our kids.

The Pandemic’s Aftermath for Kids

At the start of this school year, one of my best friends started a new job at an elementary school that taught kindergarteners through fifth graders. After a few months, he said that the third-, fourth-, and fifth-grade kids were terrific, but that he was having all kinds of discipline issues — oftentimes just the basics, like getting the kids to understand that they were supposed to stop talking when the teacher was talking — in the kindergarteners, first, and second graders. And he pointed to a reason I hadn’t immediately realized: For a lot of the second graders, this was the first time they had been inside a classroom because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

By March 25, 2020, all public schools in the United States closed because of the pandemic, but some started earlier — Ohio closed all schools on March 12 ...   READ MORE

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