Children across the country and around our communities are returning or have returned to classrooms. However, parents, teachers and students have expressed significant concern. How do we make up for the past year and a half with so much loss of instruction? First, some students were not able to connect with the online learning, parents were overwhelmed and trying to help them with their school work, and then some students just disappeared not showing up at school when schools resumed, creating frustration for parents, teachers and students.

Teachers have experienced challenges over the years with multiple levels of students in the classroom. They have become more overwhelmed with students at more significant learning gaps upon returning to school. There are those students who were able to connect with and participate in online learning, as well as those with parents who could adjust their schedules to participate in homeschooling. Still, some parents didn’t have those opportunities, and their children faced new challenges.

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Scott Smith is a 40-plus year Umatilla County educator and serves on the Decoding Dyslexia Oregon board as its parent/teacher liaison.

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