School relationships during the COVID-19 pandemic – easy or difficult?
Education is one of social life areas that the COVID-19 pandemic has hit hardest. This is, in addition to health care, the most important public service. Doctors save lives and health, emergency services guard safety. The role of teachers and professionals working with children and young people is not only to carry out the teaching and educational tasks of the school, but also to care about how young people cope mentally with the current situation and what their mental condition is. The pandemic has forced a change in the form of education of children and young people in schools and educational institutions. Negative effects of these are visible and basically it is reflected in the deteriorating mental health of students and teachers which are overloaded with conducting remote lessons. Students are tired, apathetic, isolated from direct peer contact. It results in difficulties with learning as well as an increase of risky behavior.
The process of teaching and education takes place in a specific environment, which nature depends to a large extent on the quality of mutual relations and interactions.
It should be emphasized that a school is not only an institution, but, above all, people establishing it, who interact with each other, with their personality, attitude and values. Members of the school community enter into specific relationships with each other and in linkages regarding mutual dependency and acted roles.