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Schools play a vital role in ensuring equitable recovery from the pandemic for our kids

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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused profound changes in people all across the world. Education system disruptions during the last year have already resulted in significant losses and inequities in learning. While all efforts to deliver remote training are commendable, they have proven to be a poor substitute for face-to-face learning. The affected children’s future wages, school closures, and the ensuing disruptions to school participation and learning are expected to cost $10 trillion. However, schools have a vital role to play in ensuring equitable recovery for our kids.

The insights that schools have into their communities’ most pressing needs should serve as the foundation for long-term investment that produces the best learning conditions for children. Recovery funding should be responsive to local needs and long-term in nature.

Students’ physical, social, and mental health needs should be addressed. As the virus spreads, kids and families will want assistance in meeting basic necessities and dealing with issues ranging from worry to trauma caused by major life disruptions.

Students are unable to achieve their academic potential without socioemotional and mental health care, according to research. States and districts should increase access to mental health services in schools, including school nurses and counseling programs. They can also work with community organizations to help families who are underprivileged.

Roles of Schools in Recovery

Schools also play an important role in assuring the supply of basic health services, as well as protection and psychosocial support, all over the world. As a result, school closures have harmed children’s general well-being and development, not simply their academic performance. Students will require individualized and ongoing support to help them adjust and catch up following the pandemic.

All children and youth have returned to school and are receiving the individualized services they require to satisfy their educational, health, psychological, and other requirements. School closures have posed a threat to children’s learning, nutrition, mental health, and general development. Closed schools also make child protection screening and delivery more challenging. Some students, particularly girls, are on the verge of dropping out.

Schools will support the design and implementation of large-scale remedial learning at various levels of education, launch an open-access, adaptable learning assessment tool that measures learning losses and identifies learners’ needs, and support the design and implementation of digital transformation plans that include infrastructure and ways to use digital technology to accelerate the development of foundational literacy and numeracy skills. Using digital tools to teach core abilities could supplement instructors’ efforts in the classroom and better prepare students for future digital learning.

Schools will play a significant role in creating a well-planned, inclusive, gender-responsive, monitored, accountable education action plan that will prioritize student experience while creating safe and inclusive learning settings. Education initiatives can help with public health prevention and recovery while also minimizing the impact on students and learning. All of this must be taken into account when planning, especially throughout the coping and recovery period of our kids.

It’s also worth emphasizing that schools has the ability to help protect children and teens by assisting them in coping with or maintaining some sense of normalcy during a crisis and recovering more quickly, hopefully with some useful new abilities which include; acquiring distance learning skills and deeper digital mastery where applicable. Schools are significant to the development of our kids, especially in promoting equitable recovery for kids regardless of their gender, color, or financial status. Governments and families need to support schools in aiding a more equitable recovery for all kids in the States and the world at large.

About The Power Is Now Media

The Power Is Now Media is an online multimedia company founded in 2009 by Eric L. Frazier, MBA, and its headquarter is in Riverside, California. We advocate for homeownership, wealth building, and financial literacy for low to moderate-income and minority communities. The Power Is Now Media corporate office is located at 3739 6th Street Riverside, CA 92501. Ph: 800-401-8994 Website: www.thepowerisnow.com.

Published by Eric Lawrence Frazier, MBA.

References

https://www.brookings.edu/blog/brown-center-chalkboard/2021/10/13/to-help-students-recover-from-the-pandemic-education-leaders-must-prioritize-equity-and-evidence/

https://www.brookings.edu/podcast-episode/advancing-best-practices-for-just-covid-19-relief-and-recovery-efforts/

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