It’s the last week of classes for high school theater teacher Stephen Berlanga, who has spent most of the year trying to teach students in classrooms and at home at the same time. Despite nearly a year of practice, it hasn’t gotten much easier.

“I keep trying to make sure I’m paying attention to the virtual kids, I’m asking them questions, and alright, I’m going to pivot back to the in-person kids and ask them questions,” said Berlanga, who teaches in Palm Beach County, Florida. “Finding that balance where it feels adequate for both groups is insanely difficult to do.”

That juggling act has been one of the major sources of stress this year for Berlanga, as well as a large share of U.S. teachers, according to a survey released Tuesday. Those feelings added up: the survey found that rates of stress were higher among teachers than most other working adults during the pandemic.

The findings offer a window into the specific ways schools struggled to function as usual this year, especially when it came to reaching students, and how that affected educators’ health and wellness. The results also suggest that school officials should consider teachers’ perspectives when deciding how to handle demand for remote instruction next school year.

The survey — released by the research firm RAND and funded by the National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers — asked a nationally representative sample of public school teachers a battery of questions in late January and early February.

More than three in four teachers reported frequent job-related stress, compared to 40% of other working adults. Perhaps even more alarming: 27% of teachers reported symptoms of depression, compared to 10% of other adults.

Read the full article about teacher stress from the pandemic by Matt Barnum at Chalkbeat.