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JFKHS teacher is tackling mental health as students return from year of remote learning
Posted 8/18/21


When students return to Erin Castillo's (John F. Kennedy High) classroom Wednesday, their first day of in-person school in over a year, the high school teacher will be paying attention to more than just how they are doing academically.

Castillo, an English and peer counseling teacher at John F. Kennedy High School in Fremont, California, said she will be focusing more attention than ever this year to her students' mental health.

"I think there's a big emphasis [among educators and parents] on learning loss and the academic side, but I don't think any kids are concerned about that," Castillo told "Good Morning America." "The kids that I've talked to, what they're concerned about, and what I'm concerned about, is the social side of things ... their health [amid the coronavirus pandemic] ... and just the discomfort of going back to school."