Take the normal first day of school anxiety and compound it with the stress of a pandemic, social unrest and isolation.
“These are areas that deserve an intensive focus every year but especially this year,” said Abigail Gray, the Philadelphia School District’s deputy chief of school climate and culture.
That’s why Philadelphia schools are taking 30 minutes each day for social support time, as part of a program called Healing Together.
“All students will have the opportunity to participate in daily community meetings with their classmates and their teachers,” Gray said in a district Zoom call with reporters. “This is built right into their schedule.”