KIDS ARE ESPECIALLY HARD HIT
Written by Alan Johnson, NAMI Ohio
Kristan Runyan expected the break from in-person teaching due to the COVID19 pandemic would be short-lived when she gathered up her supplies and left Tecumseh Middle School in Clark County in March 2020.
She had no idea she wouldn’t be returning to her classroom for four months and that “normal” wouldn’t be back nearly two years later.
When teaching shifted to the virtual classroom, not all of Kristan’s seventh-grade social studies students had video cameras or turned them on.
“Some of them were just a little icon on the screen,” she said with sadness in her voice.