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Hilliard superintendent: Mental health takes priority over curriculum


Dr. John Marschhausen made the plea to teachers in Hilliard City Schools on Wednesday. He told 10TV guidance counselors in his district are seeing the toll COVID-19 has taken.

“Unfortunately, we’ve had a couple of students who have considered suicide. We had a suicide earlier in the school year. We have students who have been admitted to Nationwide Children’s Hospital to get help,” Marschhausen said. “It’s real. It’s not something that’s just a statistic. It’s something that’s amplified because of this crisis.”

He wants teachers to slow down and adjust their lesson plans. “Right now, we’re asking teachers to balance and to talk,” he said. “I don’t want our teachers to feel the stress to get through all the content that you would normally get through in a traditional school year at the expense of not being there socially and emotionally for our kids.”