COVID-19 causes schools to close across America, leaving millions of kids without access to the tools they need to learn.
A lack of internet access is causing students to fall behind.
The spread of the virus has been limited in schools.
President Donald Trump wants schools open.
(NewsReady.com) – COVID-19 has interrupted so many aspects of American life. One of the worst upheavals has been to the educational system. We can’t ignore the impact it’s having on children.
The Right to an Education
The history of public education in the country dates back to the 1600s, even before there was the United States of America. In modern times, every child born in the US has the right to free K-12 education. Some states even start as early as pre-kindergarten.
The pandemic has upended the system and taken that right away from many kids. In October, Pew Research published a study that revealed 32% of parents are concerned their kids are falling behind. And that’s exactly what’s happening.
When COVID-19 started to spread, schools across the country shut down and education went to online platforms. But, what about kids who don’t have access to high-speed internet? They’re falling further and further behind their peers.
According to reports, nearly 40% of students in Arkansas and Mississippi don’t have access to the internet at home. Up to a million students in California still can’t connect to the web during the pandemic. In Florida, thousands of kids still don’t have the equipment they need to access the distance-learning material they need. And on it goes across the country, leaving children without the tools they need to learn.
Then, of course, there’s the isolation from their peers. Experts worry that will lead to mental health crises.
Are Schools Safe?
The obvious solution is to send students back to school, but is that safe? Data shows the spread of the virus has been limited in K-12 schools because of the safety measures being taken to keep kids and teachers safe. Over 1,000 schools have reported data and the rate of people who have tested positive remains low with just 0.36% of adults, and 0.14% of kids sick with the illness.
It’s important to note the data is incomplete. There is no federal system to track it, but still, it makes you wonder why in the world the schools are still closed and kids are still suffering when the current data doesn’t support it?
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