When the pandemic forced schools to shut down this spring, ensuring that our nearly 250 students remained fully engaged in learning from home was a significant challenge.

A researcher from the American Enterprise Institute estimates that only one in five schools across the United States offered what he describes as “rigorous” instruction online. Other scholars warn of the effects of the “COVID slide,” or the disruption in learning that hit the most vulnerable student populations the hardest when schools closed.

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While the COVID slide is real, we were able to keep the vast majority of students at San Diego’s Juarez Elementary School learning from home during the pandemic. In fact, despite a 40-percent rate of students who come from underprivileged households, we had as many as 73 percent of our fourth and fifth graders logging in every day for online math instruction even after we closed our doors.

About the Author:

Laura Lemos, Ed.D., is the principal at Benito Juarez Elementary School in San Diego.