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Reducing Student Stress During COVID-19

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Brent Keen Angela Csiki

Summary:

The objective of our study is to pursue strategies to reduce students’ stress about returning to school during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will pursue three strategies and measure their success. The first strategy is to have students will spend part of their school day outdoors. The purposes are twofold, to reduce the possibility of transmitting the COVID-19 virus and to have students work in an environment conducive to reducing stress. The second strategy is to have students will practice mindfulness daily. Students in Turtleford Community School have some exposure to mindfulness and meditation. This will expand on their knowledge and build a regular practice. The third strategy is to empowered students to take ownership of classroom routines and school practices intended to limit the spread of COVID-19. We will measure the relative success of each of these strategies and adjust them on an ongoing basis.