Student Social Emotional Needs re: Covid

School District of Philadelphia Board of Education Action Meeting Testimony

January 26, 2023

by Lynda Rubin

My topic is Student Social/Emotional Needs after Covid and I will speak to that. However, I must address the Speaker Notification problem. I was notified on Tuesday that I could not speak but would be notified by 4:00 – 4:30 pm on Wednesday if that changed — and I wasn’t. I received an email this morning sent at 7:15 am, that I could speak but which I didn’t see until later and could have missed it. This only highlights the failures of the Speaker Notification Policy.

Now – Trauma and Violence post Covid.
I was moved to speak today by Tuesday’s Inquirer article about increased stress and violence in schools after Covid. School Safety Chief Keven Bethel stated, “It’s happening on a regular basis, and we’re worried.” The look in his eyes in the photo was telling.

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