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It’s no secret that school closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, followed by extended periods of online learning, have caused a great deal of educational damage to most students.
While some have been able to adapt, many have not been so lucky. There are those kids who really need to learn in person to understand what is being taught. There are those kids who need more help than even the best of technology can provide. And, of course, there are those kids who pay little or no attention in school if there isn’t a responsible adult to keep them at work.
Even among those who have managed to do well enough in the online environment, in terms of learning, most are still behind where they would have been had the pandemic never happened.
As a result, what was once considered an almost taboo subject may now be the best thing to do: ask a child to repeat a grade.
Normally, this decision is up to the school alone and it is usually because a child has failed too many lessons. But given how each student handled the unique challenges of COVID-19 differently, we support a measure that was approved by the Pennsylvania Senate that would grant parents the unique opportunity to retain their children if they feel they are. are not. I’m not ready to move on to the next class.
The bill would only apply to the 2021-2022 school year. An amendment developed in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Department of Education would ensure that parents have until July 15 to decide whether their children should advance a year or be withheld.
Senate Bill 664 would also allow parents to extend enrollment in special education programs for an additional year due to COVID-19. This provision would prevent students with special needs from aging out of the system at age 21 after missing much of the specialized attention they need due to disruptions from COVID-19. In addition, the bill would apply to parents and children attending schools responsible for the education of deaf and blind students.
The bill is supported by The Arc of Pennsylvania and other advocates for disabled Pennsylvanians.
Are there any questions that still need to be answered, regarding things like college admission or athletic eligibility? Sure. But the main aim of schools is to ensure that children have the best chance to learn. The remaining issues are secondary to this objective.
“Students have spent a lot of time learning at home over the past year, so parents have played a more important role in their children’s education than ever.” our own state, Senator Jake Corman, R-Bellefonte, said. “Giving parents the opportunity to provide an extra year of education for their children offers a way to help students who suffered from severe learning gaps during the pandemic.
We could not have said it better and urge the State House to pass the bill quickly.