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NYSSBA: Learning loss, mental health will be primary concerns in upcoming school year


Tue, Aug 31st 2021 04:50 pm

Schools open this year in one of the most polarized times in decades

Submitted by the New York State School Boards Association

Across the country and throughout New York state, school boards and communities are discussing mask mandates, employee vaccinations, COVID protocols, and how to teach about race.

As students return to the classroom, school boards must help them overcome learning loss and trauma caused by the pandemic

As the 2021-22 school year begins, New York schools will need to address learning loss and assess student well-being after more than a year of remote learning, according to a new report from the New York State School Boards Association. 

"The pandemic and resulting shift to widespread remote instruction are providing an unprecedented view of the real-world consequences of learning without the supportive academic, social and educational surroundings of a school," said NYSSBA Executive Director Robert Schneider.

NYSSBA’s latest research report, "Back to School 2021 – Addressing Learning Loss and Student Well-Being," highlights the effectiveness of high-quality tutoring programs for helping students catch up academically. Lesser-known benefits of tutoring also can include the opportunity for students to build positive relationships with instructors and gain feelings of emotional well-being and happiness.

The report also suggests ways to assess student well-being and emphasizes the importance of developing interpersonal relationships, building emotional resilience and recognizing effects of trauma for helping students return to school.

"While pressing concerns of mask policies, vaccinations and other public health measures continue to draw much attention as we plan a safe return to in-person instruction, school leaders must also plan to address the significant educational needs of our students," Schneider said.

Download the report here:

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