Minimize Learning Loss and Other Effects of the Pandemic Among Middle Schoolers

The 2020-2021 school year began amid tremendous uncertainty. The previous school year had ended in chaos and upheaval. Schools, teacher’s unions, and state and local governments were unable to negotiate a workable solution by the time the fall semester had started. Now, in 2021, students are faced with a once unimaginable predicament: nearly an entire school year gone and a year’s worth of learning pretty much lost.

In fall of 2020, it was difficult for parents and educators to fully understand this situation. It seemed that a workable solution was going to be found for our students. It was nearly impossible to plan ahead amid the constant revisions in school openings and closures or to anticipate the scale of this crisis. For students, this uncertainty came at a heavy cost. Not only in terms of their academic development, but also in their emotional, social, and psychological well-being. A national survey found nearly a third of high students reported feeling depressed or unhappy.