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Katharine Covino-Poutasse

Associate Professor of English Studies, Fitchburg State University
Some school-age children may not even remember what it was like to go to school without masks. Kali9/E+ via Getty Images

Surprise – your kids may be nervous about ditching the mask

As mask mandates fall and the CDC issues new mask guidance, kids may experience anxiety around removing their masks. Clear communication from grown-ups can help children navigate the uncertainty.
Anxiety may affect many more children than usual this fall. Cavan Images/Cavan Collection via Getty Images

How parents can help kids deal with back-to-school anxiety

It’s no surprise kids are feeling a lot of anxiety after a year and a half of a global pandemic. Here’s what signs parents can look out for, and what to do if their child is feeling overwhelmed.