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Back-To-School: How To Help Students Navigate the Challenges of Dealing With COVID-19


We discuss how to handle the inevitable challenges that students and families will have to deal with as they return to school—whether it’s online or in-person. We’ll address the range of issues, from mental health and anxiety to the effects of mask-wearing and distancing—especially on younger kids and those with special needs.


Chris McLaughlin, associate vice president of community and pediatric services, Northern Light Acadia Hospital

Bear Shea, mental health/school counseling specialist, Maine Department of Education

Erin Frazier (call-in), state director of special services, Maine Departmentof Education 

Maggie Bordeau (call-in), lead pediatrician, Southern Maine Health Care

Clare Harrington (call-in), K-2 math specialist in the MSAD 51 Cumberland/North Yarmouth school district



Cindy helps produce Maine Public's live call-in show Maine Calling, and sometimes hosts the show—as well as the All Books Considered Book Club. Her first foray into journalism after graduating from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism was to intern with CNN in China in the wake of the Tiananmen Square massacre. She then worked in print journalism over the decades, as a factchecker, writer and editor, with publications ranging from the Los Angeles Times Magazine to the magazine of the National Zoo to a food trends magazine.