The school year ended for some students with quiet sign-offs in dining rooms and living rooms across districts. Others may have celebrated with neighborhood car parades, while others are still logging on each day until mid-June.
With the global spread of COVID-19, educators and students abruptly shifted to online and at-home learning, scrambling to ensure devices and internet connections were in place.
Student mental health and educator burn-out received more attention, too, as students struggled to balance anxiety and worry with school assignments. Teachers and administrators did the best they could with emergency preparedness plans that in most cases didn’t include plans for sustaining learning after a global health pandemic shuttered physical operations.
One this is certain: post-COVID learning is sure to look a lot different from here on out.