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June 7, 2022 19 min

Schools have been struggling to meet the mental health needs of students and new data is showing just how much the pandemic has impacted them.  7 in 10 public schools are seeing a rise in children seeking services and 76% of faculty and staff have expressed concerns about depression and anxiety in students since the start of the pandemic.  Laura Meckler, national education reporter at the Washington Post, joins us for how only about half of schools surveyed say they can effectively provide needed services.

 

Next, at the beginning of the year there was a lot of talk in California about vaccine mandates and requirements for employees and students.  Now, as politics and Covid fatigue have set in, those plans are all doomed.  Low vaccination rates in children and pushback from unions representing police and firefighters have also played big role in doing away with the plans.  Rachel Bluth, correspondent for Kaiser Health News, joins us for how the most popular vaccine legislation has been those to ban them.

 

Finally, after two years of the pandemic, many are reviving their efforts to connect with more people in their networks and it could be overwhelming.  But how many friends do you actually need?  Research says that the magic number of close friends is about 3-5.  Fostering these relationships take time and energy with research saying it takes 200 hours to become close with someone.  Allie Volpe, senior reporter at Vox, joins us for more.

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