Pandemic-related issues will top the agenda for lawmakers on the education and children’s committees during the upcoming legislative session.
Although the concept of remote learning existed years before COVID-19 arrived in Connecticut, the pandemic brought the prospect of relying on online environments into sharp focus. Since then, the effects of remote learning — especially on students — have come into question.
Persistent uptick in school COVID cases, but no plans for remote learning
State data shows 2,483 students tested positive for COVID over the last seven days — a 134% increase since Nov. 3.
Students who learned remotely had lower scores, report shows
Students across Connecticut lost ground academically during the pandemic, according to data released by the state Department of Education.
As school year begins, some immunocompromised families feel left behind
In districts that aren’t offering remote learning, sending a child back to the classroom could put some families at risk.
Report: Schools found ways to keep students on track during COVID
About a third of high school students weren’t on track to progress last fall. But at some schools, that changed.
CT school districts will not be required to provide remote learning next year
The Department of Education emphasized the importance of learning in person.
$10.7 million program aims to get kids back in schools
The money will help families in 15 high-needs districts transition back into schools in the fall.
Thousands of students didn’t show up for school this year. Where are the children?
The drop in enrollment disproportionately landed in the state’s 10 lowest performing districts, worsening Connecticut’s already severe achievement gaps.
Will getting teachers vaccinated get students back in school full time? It might not be that easy
Districts will have to convince parents and students that in-person learning is safe and that students won’t bring COVID-19 home.
Report: Twice as many CT high schoolers are in danger of being held back
A classroom is set up for the fall semester at Middletown High School. There will be an empty desk between two students. High school students will have to carry their desk shield assigned to them when moving to another class and submit it at the end of the day for sanitization. Research released Monday confirms […]
Data show little improvement in student attendance
Students missed nearly as many days of school in September as they did in December.
Advocates call on state to improve response to vulnerable students
State child advocate Sarah Eagan and attorney Martha Stone want the state to do more for these students during COVID.
Lamont administration: Connecticut is first in U.S. to close digital divide for K-12 students
While Connecticut has provided laptops and internet access to everyone, data shows students learning online miss twice as much school.
CT education commissioner: If schools can stay open, they should
As the rate of positive COVID-19 cases increases, the education commissioner is encouraging schools to stay open, if they can.
Homeless students missing twice as many school days this year
There has also been a 3% drop in K-12 enrollment this year, largely due to the pandemic.