The pandemic created an array of academic, social and emotional challenges for students, as well as teachers and families. In this section, we look at what educators are doing to help students catch up academically and transition back to in-person learning, with a special focus on mental health, social and emotional learning, and classroom practices that help students succeed.
Some districts have been preparing for an increase in independent study enrollment and have waiting lists; other programs are relatively small.
New research says less stimulation, stress on parents during Covid pandemic may factor into average 22-point IQ drop among babies.
Some teachers are focused on giving students who are learning English as a second language lots of time to talk and write about their feelings.
Experts share insights on how parents and teachers can help kids — especially those who may be behind — learn to read as they go back to school.
Teachers from West Contra Costa Unified will be reaching out to families one-on-one to address anxieties and ask about hopes for the next year.
At least 30% of California students surveyed by the ACLU said they'd lost a loved one during the pandemic. Some had lost multiple relatives.
West Contra Costa Unified and other districts are emphasizing social and emotional learning and check-ins as students return to campus.
Schools are prioritizing play and relationship-building this summer in preparation for fall, when schools reopen for in-person instruction.
'Well spaces' and streamlined data systems are meant to broaden students' access to mental health services and will help as campuses reopen.
California school districts are offering robust summer school programs with an emphasis on fun to help reconnect students to their schools.
Upon returning to campus, students will not be able to catch up academically until they feel good emotionally, experts say.
Schools and colleges are preparing for a rush of student mental health needs as campuses reopen for in-person instruction.