• Dr. Herpy

Feature Article

COVID-19 Effects on Schools

How does COVID affect the student’s ability to learn? In the articles, “How is COVID-19 affecting school learning?” by Megan Kuhfeld, Jim Soland, Angela Johnson, Erik Ruzek, and Karyn Lewis, and “Measuring the Impact of the Coronavirus on Teachers, Students and Schools,” by Lauren Camera, they will go in depth on the effects COVID-19 has caused to students’ academic performance and school in general. COVID has been a catastrophic event that altered the ways of teaching and learning. 

COVID-19 has affected students’ learning abilities in many ways. A study shows that in fall of 2019 and fall of 2020, the math achievement was 5 to 10 percentile points lower (Kuhfeld et al. paragraph 10). Students’ academic performances have significantly become lower with the introduction of COVID. However, not all effects are negative, there were multiple responses to an increase of growth. For example, “A smaller proportion of students demonstrated positive math growth in the 2020 period than in the 2019 period for all grades” (Kuhfeld et al. paragraph 13). Although, COVID brought many negative effects with it, not all students are being affected by them. The students continue to persist and not let COVID-19 get in their way. COVID has created many impediments with its introduction that have faltered the school system, but it has not completely destroyed the learning system. 

The introduction of COVID-19 has caused many barricades and obstacles in the field of teaching. The ways of traditional teaching have been practically abolished with COVID, and school administrations have been challenged to figure out new forms of teaching. School districts have put the task onto themselves to figure out a way to teach, each school being different from the other (Camera 4). Schools may have figured out ways to respond to COVID, but may have different definitions on what is declared a hybrid or if they are meeting the requirements needed. The spread of Coronavirus in schools has also challenged the ways of teaching. For example, “include the number of adult and student COVID-19 cases as well as the various health measures districts are employing so that district leaders can learn quickly how effective those measures are,” (Camera 16). This explains how COVID can spread throughout schools and cause an influx of quarantined students. With this influx, it will hinder the progress of teaching and put the schools off track. COVID-19 has been a challenge to deal with as it obscures the normal ways of teaching and forces schools to implement a new way of teaching.

Coronavirus has introduced many obstacles that hinder the ways of teaching and learning. As seen in the article, “How is COVID-19 affecting school learning?” the authors explain the effects COVID has caused in the ability to learn, and provide details on former years of learning. Also, in the article, “Measuring the Impact of the Coronavirus on Teachers, Students and Schools,” Camera goes in depth on the opposite end of the spectrum, looking at the effects COVID caused on teachers and school systems in general. With the introduction of the deadly pandemic, schools have had to change their ways of teaching and students had to adapt to a new learning environment.