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Children and Teenagers with Long-Term COVID

We have recently identified another slight surge of COVID in our country. It reminded me of the hundreds of thousands of children and teenagers who are still suffering with long COVID symptoms such as rashes, memory problems, limb and stomach pain and weight loss among other symptoms. Some of these...

COVID-19 and Collective Trauma

Some of the lasting symptoms of COVID-19 can be defined as collective trauma. In fact this form of PTSD will leave lasting effects to many Americans and others in the world. As we have conversations with one another we recognize that we are just not the same as we were...

Some Relief from COVID Protocols

It is hard to believe that schools and businesses have been working through health and safety plans for two years now due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I do not think any of us could have predicted that we would be in such a crazy set of circumstances like we have...

Are You Battling Pandemic Brain Fog?

I can’t even begin to count the time I have had friends, family and co-workers complain about having brain fog during the COVID-19. It seems the longer we are in this pandemic the more brain fog we are feeling. It is frustrating and sometimes quite scary to think about this...

Has the Pandemic caused Collective Trauma?

I have been writing and surfacing research about how traumatic the pandemic has become to so many individuals. We have seen a rise in mental health issues and related concerns that have had devastating impact to our students, families and our culture. In some ways the pandemic has trapped us...

The Frustrations of Parenting during COVID

It has been said that parenting is one of the toughest jobs there is. I am watching my own grown children handle the interesting moments of parenting their small children. It constantly reminds me how wonderful it is while being more than challenging. It is so constant and so completely...

Who Will Oversee and Lead our Schools?

Schools have become a bit of a lightning rod for many of the issues related to COVID-19.  Whether or not to wear masks, vaccine requirements, social distancing, teacher shortages, board disagreements, students in emotional crisis and so much more have added to the stress that already exists in our schools...

Do We Need an Omicron Break in our Schools?

It seems that we are struggling as a nation again in our schools with the spread of the latest version of COVID-19, the omicron variant. Schools all across the country are not recovering well from the recent holiday break in that teachers are unable to come to work due to...