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Learning Loss During the Pandemic Increases

Students around Acadiana are preparing for summer break but some teachers and parents are reflecting on their concerns regarding learning loss.

Posted: May 27, 2021 3:56 PM
Updated: May 27, 2021 3:56 PM

LAFAYETTE LA -- Students around Acadiana are preparing for summer break but some teachers and parents are reflecting on their concerns regarding learning loss this year. 

Lafayette teacher, Julia Reed says learning loss during the pandemic has increased.

“It’s worse than it usually is and it’s a lot worse for our kids that are already disadvantaged.” Julia Reed said.

The juggling of virtual and in person classes has been a hassle this school year for many teachers and parents.

“My oldest who is in fourth grade kind of had a pivotal year, and he struggled. This is a child who makes straight A's brought home ya know low grades on tests because we weren't getting the support that we needed due to the pandemic.” Angelina Vicknair Said.

“I had a child who really struggled with some skills that were really basic and we had to remediate on our own.” Anne Elise Said.

Lafayette Educator , Julia Reed adds that it’s going to be a process to get students back on track after the pandemic.

“Learning loss is real, ya know especially when it comes to things like reading achievement. Our distinction is in line with the rest of the state, and I've seen some losses especially in reading but also in other subject areas.” Julia Reed said.

With worries of learning loss amongst students, many are hoping to overcome those challenges.

“We can't control what's going to happen. the best thing we can do is just prepare ya know even if the vaccine is available for kids 12 and up , if you want to get it for your kids” Angelina Vicknair Said.

Some Louisiana lawmakers are considering school to be all year to help lessen summer learning loss that may occur this year in the midst of the pandemic.

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