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A team of doctors just published a paper detailing the association between school closures and adolescent mental health during the pandemic.
The study attempted to discover links between a child’s mental health and long-term isolated learning away from the classroom, specifically with regard to varying sociodemographic lines.
The findings were unsurprising: in this study of 2,324 adults with at least one school-aged child, a small association between school closures and worsened child mental health outcomes was observed, especially in older children and children from families with lower income.
Children from families with lower income and those belonging to minority racial/ethnic groups were most likely to experience school closures.
What does this mean for minority communities? The findings of this study suggest that older and black and Hispanic children as well as those from families with lower income who attend school remotely may experience greater impairment in their mental health than their younger, white, and higher-income counterparts.
In other words, long-term leftist policy meant to keep children out of in-person learning for the safety of adults (remember, childhood survival rates are through the roof with regards to COVID) is disproportionately affecting minority communities—communities which Democrats love to milk at the polls whenever possible.
Ensuring that all students have access to additional educational and mental health resources must be an important public health priority, met with appropriate funding and workforce augmentation during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.
The study concluded that school reopenings must take student health, both physical and mental, seriously, otherwise long-term issues which may not resolve on their own could take hold and flourish in the adolescent communities.