Transforming Health seeks parents, students to share experiences

By Brett Sholtis

FILE PHOTO: A student wears a face mask while doing work at his desk at the Post Road Elementary School, in White Plains, N.Y., in this Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, file photo.

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FILE PHOTO: A student wears a face mask while doing work at his desk at the Post Road Elementary School, in White Plains, N.Y., in this Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, file photo.

Do you have children in school this year? Transforming Health wants to hear from you. Share your thoughts below. If you’re interested in talking in person or over the phone, a reporter may contact you. Children’s voices may also be considered, with parental consent.

This is for a story where psychologists and other health professionals talk about the challenges children faced over the past year due to the pandemic and online learning. They discuss the return to school and how parents and communities can help at a time when COVID is still widespread.

Your voice can help others know what children are going through, and where change may be needed.

It’s true that face coverings help prevent the spread of COVID-19. At schools, this also helps to prevent outbreaks that could shutter in-person learning and send students back home, and back to their computers.

It’s also true that some parents have concerns about masking and other issues. Whatever your concerns may be, Transforming Health is taking them seriously and welcomes your voice for this story.

Note: All submissions are considered on the record.

This post is part of WITF’s collaboration with Trusting News, a group that helps journalists earn trust by being transparent about the reporting process.


Brett Sholtis
Brett Sholtis

Brett Sholtis is a health reporter for WITF/Transforming Health. Sholtis is the 2021-2022 Reveal Benjamin von Sternenfels Rosenthal Grantee for Mental Health Investigative Journalism with the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism. His award-winning work on problem areas in mental health policy and policing helped to get a woman moved from a county jail to a psychiatric facility. Sholtis is a University of Pittsburgh graduate and a Pennsylvania Army National Guard Kosovo campaign veteran.

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