COVID Slide

Since the COVID-19 pandemic closed schools across the
nation and we are unsure of what the next school year will bring, we need to
support our children and families  in every way possible to help prevent even
more damage caused by this pandemic.

I think we have all heard of the Summer Slide, where
learning achievement declines over the months that children are out of school,
but now, we must contend with the COVID-19 Slide. As defined by NWEA Research, “COVID-19 Slide is when
students show patterns of academic setbacks typical of summers throughout an
extended closure.” Because not all at-home learning is equal, due to many
extenuating factors, some students will be affected
differently.

As stated in the NWEA
Research
, “Preliminary COVID slide estimates suggest students will return
in fall 2020 with roughly 70% of the learning gains in reading relative to a
typical school year. However, in math, students are likely to show much smaller
learning gains, returning with less than 50% of the learning gains.” Although
both teachers and parents are doing their best to educate the children during
the pandemic, it is not the same as in class instruction.

Chatham
County Schools (CCS) offer many resources to add to learning now and during the
summer months. Two of the educational platforms that are offered for K-8 will
help keep your children learning. One is called Freckle.  It has reading, math, and
science and moves kids along at their own pace and provides enrichment and
skill remediation. MyON will also be offered. It is similar to Netflix, but with books. It will allow
students to access online books over the summer. Please refer to the Chatham County Schools’
Summer Learning website for additional resources that are offered: https://sites.google.com/a/chatham.k12.nc.us/ccs-summer-learning/learning-resources

Students can also
utilize the free resources provided by Khan Academy, explore nature, prepare a
meal, or perform a science experiment and read, read, read! Chatham
Education Foundation has also compiled a list of resources to use: http://www.chathameducationfoundation.org/at-home-learning-resources

Families, schools, and communities are working in countless
ways to support their children academically during this crisis. We are STRONGER
TOGETHER!! THANK YOU!!

Article by: Jaime Detzi

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