Lecture 2: School Mental Health: How Can We Equalize the Playing Field Amidst COVID19

The emergence of COVID-19 has brought to the surface tremendous disparities surrounding education and digital/web access among school-aged youth. Nationwide, school officials have struggled with how to best continue the provision of school instruction and support services during this pandemic. Students who are from disadvantaged backgrounds and in need of mental health or support services have been greatly impacted. This discussion provides insightful strategies on how to ensure improved mental health and education progress for all students in the new COVID-19 environment.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will be able to describe ways in which the COVID-19 crisis has highlighted educational disparities within specific populations of school-aged youth.

  2. Participants will be able to explain how changes in educational delivery models due to COVID-19 may impact student mental health, particularly in socially disadvantaged populations.

  3. Participants will be able to identify tools and strategies that schools can use to improve the mental health and educational progress of all students in the new COVID-19 environment.


Shashank Joshi, MD
Co-Chair, AACAP Schools Committee

Erika Ryst, MD
Co-Chair, AACAP Schools Committee

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