“Schools are an important venue for students to receive emotional and psychological support from friends, teachers, and other staff members. Lengthy school building closures can leave some students feeling isolated from important friendships and support from other caring adults. Schools also provide critical psychological, mental, and behavioral health (e.g., psychological counseling, mental and behavioral assessment) services to children who may not have access to these services outside of school. School closures have limited the availability of these services.”
Loades et al. Rapid systematic review: The impact of social isolation and loneliness on the mental health of children and adolescents in the context of COVID-19. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psych. 2020; preprint.