State Dept. of Education to study pandemic’s impact on students’ mental health

The New Jersey Department of Education is planning to study the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on students’ and teachers’ mental health.
The announcement was made during Gov. Phil Murphy’s COVID-19 briefing on Friday afternoon. The Department of Education will devote $105 million to grants that will aid districts in providing academic and mental health support.
“This resource will help school districts identify and effectively leverage all the funding streams we are announcing today. As I have said in the past, one of my top priorities is to provide students and educators with the flexibility and support they need to focus on social and emotional wellness for students and as we navigate these uncertain times,” said Acting Education Commissioner Dr. Angelica Allen-McMillan.
The governor also announced that despite the snowstorm on Thursday, more than 30,000 COVID-19 vaccine shots were administered. New Jersey has now given out 1.5 million doses of the vaccine. More than 1.1 million of those shots were first doses.
Murphy will deliver his state budget address on Tuesday at 1 p.m. Last year's budget request included a request for $9 billion in borrowing to offset the effects of the pandemic.