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Teens’ Social Media Use is Up During Pandemic, and So Is Their Parents’ Concern

Parents weigh in on their kids and social media. Turns out, there’s widespread worry.

That’s according to new survey results from Lurie Children’s Hospital. With remote learning and social distancing in place during the pandemic, social media use is up. That’s no surprise, but some of the statistics are. Read more ›

New Cyberbullying Trend: ‘Tea’ Accounts Used to Gossip About and Harass Students Online

Three weeks into the school year, the Granite School District in Utah is seeing a surge in cyberbullying.

The district notified parents via Facebook, saying schools have seen a “significant rise in cyber-bullying using anonymous social media accounts.” Read more ›

Children With Disabilities Are Regressing. How Much Is Distance Learning to Blame?

At her Bay Area elementary school, Olivia Tan had a one-on-one aide. At home she has three siblings and two parents trying desperately to offer some semblance of education.

Her father, Simon Tan, like so many California parents, is overwhelmed by the daily responsibility of carrying out his child’s therapies amid coronavirus-forced school closures. And Tan knows about these issues. He is a clinical neuropsychologist at Stanford Hospital. Read more ›

Pandemic Places Alarming Pressure on Transgender Mental Health

Even as the coronavirus has upended lives throughout the country, it has taken a deep toll on the transgender community, a population that has long struggled with higher rates of mental illness and poor medical care because of discrimination and abuse. Read more ›

CHC in the News: Mental Health Experts on Managing Back to School Anxiety Amid Pandemic [video]

Dr. Vidya Krishnan, Head of Adolescent Mental Health Services and Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at Children’s Health Council, appeared on KTVU News to discuss strategies for coping with the anxiety and stress  many families are experiencing as children head back to school remotely. Read more ›

Governor Gavin Newsom Lays Out Pandemic Plan for Learning and Safe Schools [downloadable]

July 17, 2020

Governor Gavin Newsom announced his plan for learning and safe schools ahead of the 2020–2021 school year, as the California Department of Public Health issued a framework for when and how schools should reopen for in-person instruction. Read more ›

Update: Do You Know What Your School District Is Planning to Do This Fall?

School districts across California are working hard on plans for the 2020-21 school year. What about your district?  Does your district plan to hold classes in-person? Online? Or, perhaps hybrid solution? Here’s a list of what districts that have announced plans are doing. Read more ›

COVID-19’s Mental Health Crisis: Bay Area Residents Feel Growing Psychological Toll

Bay Area mental health specialists and crisis line managers say they have seen an increasing number of calls or texts from distraught people seeking help. They worry the situation will grow worse with surges in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. Read more ›

California’s Reopening: See What’s Open and What’s Still Shut Down by County [web resource]

Do you have questions about whether childcare, summer camps, parks and playgrounds, swimming pools or other activities are open in your county?  Get the latest information on nine bay area counties in this handy database assembled by the San Francisco Chronicle’s digital team. Read more ›

New Guidance for Planning for the Safe Reopening of Schools for the 2020-2021 School Year [downloadable]

The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department today issued detailed guidance for school administrators to help them prepare to welcome students back to school campuses for the 2020-2021 school year, with the protocols and policies in place to protect students and staff from COVID-19. Read more ›

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