Among the most important things currently taking place are discussions that school districts are continuing to have at the local level. Important decisions must be made on what the framework for the upcoming school year will be. I believe it is crucial that schools reopen this fall with as much classroom time as possible.
We don’t have to guess on what will happen if students lose this valuable time in the classroom. The science shows it can be done safely. It’s critically important for the future of students that they be allowed to learn in a classroom again.
“The importance of in-person learning is well-documented, and there is already evidence of the negative impacts on children because of school closures in the spring of 2020. Lengthy time away from school and associated interruption of supportive services often results in social isolation, making it difficult for schools to identify and address important learning deficits as well as child and adolescent physical or sexual abuse, substance use, depression, and suicidal ideation. This, in turn, places children and adolescents at considerable risk of morbidity and, in some cases, mortality. Beyond the educational impact and social impact of school closures, there has been substantial impact on food security and physical activity for children and families.”
If schools are opting to have kids learn from home it is crucial they are working on solutions for parents who are returning back to the workforce. COVID has hit many families hard and the struggle to return to work has been felt by many. One of the biggest factors for families returning to work is making sure their kids are being taken care of.
I continue to have great dialogue with the local superintendents in our district, and I know there are doing everything they can to support you during this time and keep your kids safe in the fall.