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HEADS UP DISTRICT LEADERS | Experts estimate at least 6,000 children in North Carolina have experienced the death of a caregiver due to COVID-19 since 2020. Schools play an important role in supporting these students, but we have to know who they are first. The beginning of this school year offers an ideal opportunity for us to learn which students may be coping with this specific form of grief. Please consider including the following question in the materials you send home with students at the start of the year:

Has this student experienced the death of a caregiver (parent/guardian or other adult who lives in the home and provides care) since 2020?

EdNC’s Katie Dukes has been highlighting this issue all year and recently compiled a toolkit of best practices for supporting students who have experienced the death of a caregiver.

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Mebane Rash

Mebane Rash is the CEO and editor-in-chief of EducationNC.

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