The coronavirus pandemic is going to leave a lasting impact on the mental health of children around the US, especially for those who are poor.
"I'm really worried that we're going to have a mental health epidemic among our children in this country. Just think about it. The poorest kids they know people who die, they know people who are sick. The very air you breathe, the people you pass on the street are suddenly dangerous to you. All of that trauma is going to come into our schools and into our classrooms, and we really need to prepare for this," Geoffrey Canada, president of Harlem Children's Zone, said during CNN's global coronavirus town hall.
Canada stressed that it is important for teachers to prepare for this harsh reality before schools reopen.
"We need to start thinking about this, but just think, I taught for 10 years and I've gotten my kids together, and now I have to keep all of my kids apart. That's a skill that we have to practice, and we need time for teachers to begin to practice the kind of monitoring, the talking, the engaging that doesn't really gather kids together in ways that we're used to," he said.