During pandemic, Ohio school district saw increase in mental health hospitalizations

During pandemic, Ohio school district saw increase in mental health hospitalizations

HILLIARD, Ohio – The following article originally appeared in the Ohio Capital Journal and posted on News5Cleveland.com under a content sharing agreement.

Eighty-four students at Hilliard City Schools were hospitalized with mental health issues during the pandemic, officials said, a fourfold increase from the average year.

The district, which is home to around 16,000 students, has also seen 660 students contract COVID-19, seven of whom have been hospitalized with the new disease, according to state and local records.

The rise in mental health emergencies highlights issues of a difficult consideration for school administrators and parents: how to weigh the known and unknown of a deadly pandemic that spreads primarily through person-to-person contact against children. collateral damage to keep children away from school and isolated.

“It’s a nice balance,” said Mike…

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