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State Strategies to Support the Health Needs of Children with Special Needs in Schools During COVID-19

This commentary examines unique strategies states are developing to support the health needs of children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) who lack access to their usual school-based physical, developmental, and mental health supports.

CYSHCN and their families face unique hardships in accessing school-based health services during COVID-19, especially children of color, those experiencing poverty, and those living in rural areas who have limited access to technology and acute socioeconomic needs.