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TUNE IN: Alexandria Addressing Back-to-School Worries in Virtual Town Hall

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ALEXANDRIA, VA – Have your kids expressed anxiety about returning to school, whether it is in-person or virtual, during this uncertain time? Do you feel like you need a little bit of guidance to help navigate the situation and lessen their concern?

On Thursday, August 13 at 7:30 p.m., the City of Alexandria and Exploration Kids are holding a virtual meeting to address concerns surrounding the start of school and child mental health. “Back-to-School Worries: How to Protect Your Kid’s Mental Health” is designed to give parents tools to help their children through the beginning of this very different school year.

“Families and teachers have an important opportunity to partner together and deepen their relationships and trust with children learning from home,” said Dr. Lacey Hilliard, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Suffolk University. “We hope this discussion provides the support families need to address questions or worries children may have at this moment.”

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Attending the virtual meeting with Hilliard will be Alexandria Mayor Justin Wilson; Alexandria Schools Superintendent Dr. Gregory C. Hutchings, Jr.; Dr. Stuart Ablon, Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School; Dr. Stacey Hardy-Chandler, who works with the City of Alexandria; and Susan Keightley from Child & Family Network Centers.

This free event is expected to reach almost 20,000 families and 2,000 teachers. It will be provided in English and Spanish To attend, register HERE.

“Families are looking for reliable information and better ways to support their kid’s mental health while they learn from home this fall,” said Michelle Millben, event moderator and founder of Explanation Kids.

For parents with young children, this sounds like a can’t-miss opportunity. Soon after signing up, registrants will receive a Zoom link with appropriate credentials.

Event sponsors, seen in the above flyer, are providing donations to help families most affected by the pandemic.

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Kevin Dauray

Kevin is Publisher's Assistant with The Zebra Press. He has been working for Alexandria's "Good News" newspaper since 2019. A graduate of George Mason University, he earned a bachelor's in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. He also studied at the Columbia School of Broadcasting and holds a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University. He is an alumnus of T.C. Williams High School. Go Titans!

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