School closures: Here’s how to help ease the transition for children and adults

By: | November 19, 2020

Here are some ways that schools and parents can help students make the latest transition to fully remote learning.

Have developmentally appropriate conversations with children. Don’t shy away from talking about pandemic-related school closures, advised Cindy Huang, a child psychologist and assistant professor of counseling psychology at Columbia University’s Teachers College.

“Too many parents avoid it, but kids know what’s going on,” she said. “You just do it in developmentally appropriate ways. Explain what happens when COVID rates go to 3%. They’re kind of mini scientists because of this. The kids are really good at this — they are sitting in their classrooms, wearing masks, and learning to be socially distant.”

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