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Schools are re-opening around the world amidst a global pandemic that has already burdened school communities worldwide. In this critical time, the ISPA leadership takes the opportunity to examine major considerations and proposes a call to action to support students and their families along with teachers and other school personnel. Uniting our efforts to address current and emerging challenges at the local, national, and international level can help our communities grow and heal.

An ISPA leadership workshop was convened preceding the annual conference in July 2021, to discuss key considerations, priorities, and recommendations taking into account local, national, and transnational needs during the pandemic and post-pandemic era. The leadership workshop
included participants from many different countries, collaborating in workgroup discussions, which collectively informed the issues and statements included in this document entitled “Back to School Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic: Considerations and a Call to Action to Support School Communities Worldwide” (https://www.ispaweb.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/ISPA-Position-Statement_Back-to-School-Amidst-the-COVID-19-Pandemic-Sept.2021.pdf).

We would like to encourage all of you to share the document broadly in your school/academic/school psychology organizational communities.

Please stay safe and well!

Sissy Hatzichristou
ISPA President