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Erica Mandy



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Special Edition: Back to School & COVID-19

• 15 min

We’re talking about the back-to-school season and the new hurdles students and parents are facing this year. For starters, many kids are entering the new school year at a severe disadvantage. A recent study by the consulting firm McKinsey & Company found kids didn’t learn as much as they normally do last year when the pandemic kept taking them out of their routines. Elementary school kids across the country are now about 4-5 months behind where they should be. We’re speaking with the lead author of the study, Emma Dorn, about how parents and teachers can help their kids catch up and what’s at stake for everyone. But first, we’ll hear from Dr. Kate Williamson of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She’ll weigh in on what schools and parents can do to keep kids healthy, both physically and mentally, as they enter another school year under threat from COVID-19. This episode is brought to you by and Get ad-free episodes by becoming an insider:

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