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A little over a year ago, the World Health Organization identified COVID-19 as a worldwide pandemic and urged people to put a halt to their everyday lives. One of the areas most affected was the education system. Schools at every level, from preschool to college, had to switch to virtual learning in the blink of an eye. Students, teachers, parents, and guardians all worked together to adapt to this new life of learning. Now a year later, students all over the world are slowly making their way back into the classroom but with some critical changes.

 

One of the most significant realizations to come out of the pandemic was the importance of public schools. There is always talk about public schools not being too involved with a child’s education, but that wasn’t shown during the transition to virtual schooling. Many teachers went above and beyond to collaborate with parents who were at home stepping into teacher duties. Public schools also partnered with community organizations and technology companies to give students the support they needed and, most importantly, deserved. 

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted how elementary children benefit from in-person learning. Younger children from the age of 2 to 5 learn a lot in their early years, which is why schools invest time and money into early education programs. Some parents weren’t as fortunate as others to spend one on one time with their children due to work and other responsibilities. It’s imperative for children to have social experiences by interacting with others in school and gaining the essential social skills of life.

 

As schools begin to reopen, there are plenty of strategies that could help students get back on their feet in no time. In order for different schools to figure out what plans will work best for their students, they should get feedback from students, families, school administrators, and teachers. Although many schools did their best to transition into virtual learning now, they have time to prepare for the transition of bringing students back. Many students may feel as though they missed out on some learning opportunities or were set back, so now it’s more important than ever to help them leapfrog back into their learning routines.