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Remote Learning: Pandemic created an opportunity to improve education in the US

 

 

It has been a year since the private and public schools were shut down due to the covid-19 pandemic situation. It has triggered at-home schooling by suspending in-person education. It was a massive shut down where 100,000 private and public schools were suspended. This shift to the online school mode has made parents and children face numerous issues. They had to create an ad-hoc home school for a peaceful learning experience even though they were going to workplaces. It is the situation where everyone realised that schools not only provides instructions but also facilities like internet, food, extracurriculars, child care, physical and mental health services. Though nobody was ready to face the hardships, it has provided a chance to improve their education.

 

The impact of closing public schools

The public school system in the country that is made up of thousands of districts that are independent which are governed and funded locally, faced a lack of national support and guidance. With this pandemic shut down, many activities, including in-person instructions, assemblies, and others, were affected.

It also includes supplemental services like providing meals, media and medical services, hosting clubs and after-school care, meetings for parents and teachers and other countless events of the community. The plans of schools and districts varied a lot, and keeping the schools open during the pandemic was a logical consideration for the leaders.

Though we are approaching the year mark of the pandemic, the concerns are deeply on opening the schools to facilitate many children. While family and students are familiar with the technological tools to access remote schooling, not everyone gets this. It has harmed over 16 million K-12 public school children who require more facilities.

Those students with disabilities have to undergo a difficult situation as they require one-on-one interaction and support, medical facilities, speech, counselling services and much more. Students who look for social support and school-based staff are suffering a lot during this massive shut down period.

 

Struggles faced by teaching staff

Before the pandemic situation, teachers were reporting issues as they felt underpaid, unsupported and also overwhelmed. And also, both states and districts were facing a teacher shortage issue in areas like special and bilingual education, science and mathematics.

Due to the covid-19 pandemic, teachers face added-on issues due to virus spread and enforcing both in-person and online learning platforms for the children. And also, teachers have to ensure strict health protocols during in-person teaching for the students to avoid the spread of the virus.

Due to the pandemic losses faced by the state and local governments, they are enforcing cuts in the salary of the government workforce. Under this workforce, the teachers and teaching assistants are also included. It has also forced many staff to leave their profession before their retirement period.

Usually, 8 per cent of the staff leave their jobs every year, but this could increase due to the covid-19 situation. It has also created a platform for leveraging the education system and provide positive growth to the schools. As teachers and students are playing the lead role, improvements also depend on their development.

 

Improvements in schools and the system

After a year-long of adapting technology as the learning tool, individual educators and the whole system is planning to distinguish which practices are worthwhile and which one to toss. With this, it can promote distance learning to be simple and better as many of them will get access to learning stuff.

During the first months of the pandemic, the school staff and the district distributed cell phones, laptops and also provided hotspots for aiding digital learning. With this, remote learning can be easy, and it helps translate school-based learning to a virtual model. With this, the pandemic has also led to the clarion call for integrating health and education.

It can reduce the spread of illness as it bolsters support for the schools to safeguard children. The community school models in the form of hubs of academic, health and social services are the best prepared for the covid-19 crisis to fight back in the best way. These schools can effectively communicate with families by providing mobile support.

It can help quickly supply the resources and provide information on unemployment, healthcare, housing and technology. Including the above enhancements, the school buildings also require improvements where the students and the staff spend hours together.

This pandemic has revealed the importance of a well-established and well-staffed public education system to provide students with a good education.