Recently, schools are going through a spike in students staying out of schools and staying home, using the excuse of concerns over COVID-19 as the Biden administration tries to get the children back into classrooms.
Officials have already stated that quite a few k-12 students are either home sick showing COVID-19 symptoms or being barred from going to school by their parents who claim concerns over infection. Remote teaching is ever more frequently not an option for children who are staying home/ This means that teachers will very likely have quite a few kids who will end up far behind on their work when they do actually end up making it back to schools.
As reported by The Wall Street Journal, “New York City, the nation’s largest school district, saw its overall attendance rate fall below 70% when classes resumed after the winter holidays, far beneath the district’s pre-pandemic average of over 91% students at school each day. Many students missed class because of fears of contracting the virus or because they or a family member had tested positive, teachers said.”
The news source also stated that the attendance for Boston Public Schools has dropped to almost 70% in the wake of the end of winter break, as stated by school officials. Before the winter recess, attendance at the schools was at a fairly healthy 90%.
Roughly 66% of students of public schools in Chicago were attending class as of the 3rd of January in the wake of winter break, and those numbers climbed back up to almost 72% the next day. “By comparison, attendance was about 85% during the last week of school before winter break and historically has been above 90%, according to the school district,” stated the Journal.
“In Rochester, N.Y., public school attendance last week ranged from 61% to 66%, according to school district data,” stated the outlet. A small 44% of students at one school were in class on the 3rd, and just half of the school population made it to school in a local elementary school, stated Superintendent Lesli Myers-Small reportedly as part of a school board meeting on the 4th. The school district ended up going to a more remote learning system for the foreseeable future.
These low attendance levels just add to the bevy of issues that schools are dealing with, the largest of which is a shortage of teachers.
“In Dallas, teacher and school staff absences are up but remain at the high end of normal levels, officials say.” Out in Albuquerque, New Mexico, school officials made note that the student attendance issues were probably lower than normal numbers, but the district has not been able to get complete information due to a shortage of admin staff.
Overall, making sure kids get to school, and making sure they stay in class, has been a major point for many areas that are starting to see the negative repercussions of remote learning on the kid’s mental health and education overall.