Counselors have had to learn how to stay emotionally connected to students and families in the new virtual classroom. Compounding the lack of technology and internet connectivity that make it so challenging for high-needs students to participate in remote learning is the trauma experienced in those same communities, disproportionately ravaged by COVID-19. While loss is being encountered by schools in every borough, many counselors find themselves transformed into full-time grief counselors for families staggering under the emotional weight of the loss of loved ones, sudden unemployment, mental and physical anguish, and hunger.

Juneteenth, an annual holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, has been celebrated by African-Americans since the late 1800s. But in recent years, and particularly following nationwide protests over police brutality and the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and other African-Americans this year, there is a renewed interest in the day that celebrates freedom.

Here are four things to know about how racial inequity affects the nation’s schoolchildren. 1) Black students are more likely to be arrested at school, 2) Black students are more likely to be suspended, 3) implicit bias is not just a police problem — it happens in preschool, too, and 4) white school districts receive more funding on average than nonwhite districts.

A new report released by UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science shows how devastating the pandemic has been on outdoor and environmental science education organizations. These organizations, often key partners to schools and out-of-school time organizations, have not been immune to stay-at-home orders from local and state governments. Survey responses from 1000 organizations show that 63% of those programs are uncertain about their ability to reopen following the pandemic.

When the novel coronavirus is no longer as great a threat and schools finally reopen, we should give children the one thing they will need most after enduring months of isolation, stress, physical restraint and woefully inadequate, screen-based remote learning. We should give them playtime — and lots of it.

Students and teachers in some Mississippi districts are getting a preview of what the new school year could look like. Already in the Greenville Public School District in the Delta, bus monitors take the temperature of students enrolled in the district’s three-days-a-week summer program before letting them board the bus, according to the district’s superintendent, Debra Dace.

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