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Back-to-School Advice for Dealing with COVID-19, Stress and Learning Loss

Wednesday, August 4, 2021
By Amanda Solliday
Headshots of faculty members involved in briefing. Caption: The Briefing.

This fall marks an uncertain moment in the pandemic, with rising COVID-19 infection rates in the United States and a shifting public health response to protect the population from the highly infectious Delta variant of the virus.

At the same time, K-12 schools will soon be filled with a mix of vaccinated and unvaccinated students. To help inform upcoming decisions that parents, teachers and school administrators will face, a panel of Duke university experts in pediatrics, psychiatry and neuroscience—including Robin Gurwitch, PhD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences—offered advice Wednesday about the best way for students to return to school safely.

Watch the media briefing on YouTube or read excerpts from the briefing.