The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has been the source of many discussions in the past few weeks about the “return to school.” We’re witnessing major public city schools opting for hybrid or fully-remote options, the CDC director and the president are at odds over the White House administration’s suggested guidelines, and many states’ re-entry plans seem to be even more uncertain as we see cases continue to rise across the U.S.
Despite the educational and social-emotional benefits of in-person schooling, recent studies are showing six out of every 10 parents with at least one child in grades K-12 will opt for at-home learning, forgoing sending their children back to school even if re-entry is possible. Underscored by research that continues to show keeping schools closed may help stop the spread and delay a second wave of coronavirus by 40-60 percent, it is fair to say that parents are just plain worried about sending their kids back to school.
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The evidence is clear that school districts should plan for remote learning to be here for the long-haul. As such, it’s no longer an option, but a necessity, to have the technology infrastructure in place to support remote learning.
In order to be successful, school districts need to have the infrastructures in place that can properly house this influx of e-learning data and that have supportive recovery options to make sure the remote learning system remains steady and as downtime-free as possible.