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On the Record: What children need mentally, emotionally

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Published: Jul. 31, 2020 at 4:59 PM CDT
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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - The pandemic has caused many challenges for the future of education in the U.S.

Here in Mississippi, districts have finalized or revised decisions about virtual, in-person and hybrid learning models for the year ahead.

Virtual, in-person and hybrid learning models are on the table for students this year.
Virtual, in-person and hybrid learning models are on the table for students this year.(Courtesy photo)

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be bringing you the latest from area school districts on reopening efforts and plans. One of many concerns for this upcoming school year is the mental toll it will have on students.

Local psychologist and Weems Mental Health’s child services director, Dr. Lee Lee Marlow, talked with Newscenter 11 about what will be most important for students emotionally and mentally with the upcoming transitions.

“Kids right now are looking for some consistency. So however it’s presented to them, they’re going to have to make some adjustments to that,” said Marlow. “And the same as we are with change, it takes a little bit of time. So I think what’s important is with these new learning styles is that we be as consistent as possible. And the children are resilient; they’ll be able to adjust as long as we’re able to provide as much consistency as we can.”

Many districts will have a mix of online and in-person classes.
Many districts will have a mix of online and in-person classes.(WKYT News)

Watch the full interview On the Record, Sunday at 5:30 p.m. on WTOK-TV.

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