COVID-19 Burdens the School “Village”
It takes a village to raise a child, and right now, many parents are realizing they have no village in a COVID-19 world. All alone, sheltered in place, just parents and kids and an electronic curriculum that neither want to focus on as the spring weather calls them outdoors. The COVID-19 schools closings in will likely go down in history as a “war-time” response to great uncertainly in community health. Following the pandemic, perhaps parents and caregivers will emerge with more grace and understanding of just how difficult it is to educate children and how teaching is truly a vocation that goes often without praise.
So what does that status of K-12 schools look like in South Carolina? Is the state on track with how other states are responding? What about details that go beyond closing classrooms? Will the school year be extended? How will grading be handled? Are districts required to offer distance learning? For these, and many other answers, Michigan State University’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR) and Education Policy Innovation Collaborative (EPIC) have jointly tracked each state’s response to K-12 school closures. They believe that the truncated school year is likely to reduce student learning, leaving students less prepared to advance grades, and severely strain school planning, financing, and assessment capabilities.
Despite closures, one thing is for certain – children need to feel safe, children need to feel certainty, and children need schedules. In these times of social isolation, parents are applauded for doing their best to raise kids in a virtual village. To visit the state data tracker, click here.