Child Wellbeing Task Force Initial COVID-19 Impact Summary [Tennessee].
Tennessee Department of Education, Child Wellbeing Task Force.
Technical Report State Resource
Published: July 2020
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This brief explores the potential ramification of the COVID-19 pandemic and extended school closure on the well-being of children in Tennessee, and the current impacts the pandemic has had on children and families. It notes economic, physical, and mental health are inter-connected and during times of crisis, may contribute to childhood adversity; experienced family stress, such as unemployment, may contribute to increased rates of domestic violence, substance abuse, and child abuse; nationally, the pandemic has impacted populations disproportionately, raising concern of a widening equity gap; in Tennessee, during peak stay-at-home orders, reports of suspected child abuse dropped by 27%, in large part due to mandatory reporters, such as teachers and pediatricians, being disconnected from children and families; and 76% of Tennessee district leaders and 55% of public responders identified technology and hardware as a top COVID-19 related need. It addition, the brief notes that prior to the pandemic, mental health related needs were a top priority of Tennessee education professionals, however, that there are acute shortages in school-based health related personnel. The brief stresses the need for close collaboration and coordination across all sectors to promote efficiencies in the use and allocation of resources.
Tennessee; COVID-19; school issues; school children; data analysis; statistics; well being; child safety; state disaster response; strategic planning; shelter in place order; remote service delivery