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Denver & St. Louis - As schools across the U.S. announce their learning plans for the coming school year, the number of students and parents concerned about the social and mental health stresses of the ‘20-‘21 academic calendar is on the rise.
A recent health tracking poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) found that:
In an effort to support families during this unique and emotional time, SonderMind and Varsity Tutors have announced that they are partnering to present a series of free live, interactive online forums. The sessions are intended to equip both students and parents with the resources and strategies necessary for strengthening mental and behavioral resilience.
On August 3rd, Dr. Doug Newton, a practicing psychiatrist with a masters degree in infectious disease epidemiology and Chief Medical Officer at SonderMind, will host the first of three sessions that will help parents and kids navigate an unprecedented journey back to school. The first course, “What Happened to the High School Experience I Expected?,” offers strategies for high school students. Each of the subsequent courses—including “Parenting Through An Unfamiliar Elementary School Experience” on August 10th and “Managing An Unprecedented Middle School Experience” on August 17th—are intended for parents of students in grades K-5 and grades 6-8 respectively. Topics will include:
“Social distancing during back to school is a challenge, especially as kids try to navigate the social stresses and uncertainties in their lives,” Dr. Newton said. “We hope to give parents and students strategies for coping with social isolation and dealing with a disrupted school year - so that they can thrive socially, emotionally and academically in the COVID era.”
The forums are an extension of Varsity Tutors’ free Virtual School Day program, which the company created when school closures began due to COVID-19. Virtual School Day offers a suite of resources to help ensure kids stay on track, including free learning assessments, interactive summer camps and enrichment classes, one-on-one instruction, and learning pod and homeschool support.
“Having a sound strategy to address academics, as well as mental and emotional health, is incredibly important as we head into this new and unusual school year,” said Brian Galvin, Chief Academic Officer at Varsity Tutors. “The behavioral health professionals at SonderMind can offer a lot of value for families coping with the reality of a socially distant school year.”
To register yourself or a student for the SonderMind sessions, go to https://www.varsitytutors.com/classes/star/sondermind-navigating-unexpected to hold your spot.
Varsity Tutors is a Live Learning Platform that seamlessly connects experts and learners in more than 2,500 subjects. Our mission as a company is simple - We Help People Learn. Since 2007, we've been investing in online learning technology, built new to the world capabilities, and assembled some of the most talented educators across the US to help deliver that mission for hundreds of thousands of students. Amidst school closures and the potential for a prolonged amount of time out of the classroom due to COVID-19, our mission has become more important than ever. As a company we feel it is critical that these resources be readily and freely available at this time of great need.
For more information, visit https://www.varsitytutors.com.