As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage across America, many school districts are considering what the next steps are in terms of how to continue the flow of education through the crisis.
Although many districts have turned to online learning as a precautionary step to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus, there are many questions still on what the summer will hold. As reported by Education Dive, there is “$16 billion potentially available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act for K-12″ and educational “leaders can begin to discuss whether some of those funds will be directed toward summer school.”
Some states, such as Florida, have announced that schools could allow parents to keep their child in the same grade next year in order to make up for lost learning. Other options, such as summer school, have also been floated around the country, but critics have brought up concerns that summer programs will not be able to compensate for time lost during the regular school year.
From USA Today:
Educators in their regions say summer school isn’t a solution.
In upstate New York, Chris Dandino is the director of the Greater Rochester After-School Alliance, which coordinates summer and out-of-school programming throughout the community. She said it is unrealistic to expect summer programs to make up for the lessons that students miss this spring.
Countries all around the world are dealing with similar situations of finding best solutions to this unprecedented crisis. In Spain, Education Minister Isabel Celaa stated that there will be a summer program if health conditions allow in order to support children in being outdoors, exercising, and learning.