Educators warn of ‘COVID slide’

Researchers are exploring how to prevent students from falling too far behind in their educational growth with extended absences from school. Closing campuses in March means students will be out of class for at least five months before school resumes.


State News

May 14, 2020 - 10:10 AM

Jefferson Elementary School educators Jessie Hutton, left, and Becky Helms greet students on the first day of school last August. Register file photo

WICHITA — The summer slide. That’s the annual learning loss that happens when students spend three months away from school.

Now researchers warn about a “COVID slide.”

Students will have spent five months out of the classroom, shuttered because of the pandemic, when they return in August.

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