Clinical psychologist says it’s important to keep the tradition of snow days alive in time of remote learning


(WTNH) — Not long ago, the type of winter storm we’re going to get this week would have meant a good, old-fashioned snow day for students. But now with COVID-19 and kids learning remotely, will they miss out?

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News 8’s Rich Coppola spoke with clinical psychologist Dr. Ryan Loss about these missed snow days being ‘mental health days’.

“Let’s step back. Let’s get back to just giving a break to certain things,” Dr. Loss said. “I don’t think it’s over accomodating or making kids softer or anything like that. I think this is a separate argument altogether from that. I think this is a sense of mental health. The mental health needs of the kids, the parents, the teachers. Everybody. A lot of it does come back down to, there’s hope in our future in terms of getting back to that sense of normalcy, and here’s a taste of it.”

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We also asked Dr. Loss if there are signs for parents to look for to see if the pandemic and social isolation is having a negative effect on their kids. He said telltale signs can be eating or sleeping less, or potentially overeating as comfort.

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