Many Students Not Taking Part in Distance Learning
As the school year ends in the United States, educators have been trying to get large numbers of students moving forward in their studies again.
The concern is that students who were behind on their schoolwork before the COVID-19 crisis will drop back even further when classes re-start in the fall.
One of those educators is Tayarisha Batchelor, principal of Rowson Elementary School in Hartford, Connecticut. She recently visited students at their homes.
Jamie-Lee is a third grader at Rowson. Batchelor held her arms out as if she were giving him a big hug when she visited his home. She told him how much she had missed him since the pandemic closed the school.
The boy's eyes stayed on his smartphone as they spoke. Batchelor asked him what he was doing. Playing video games was his answer.
"I like playing games," Batchelor told the boy as his parents looked on. She then suggested he spend more time on his daily schoolwork. "I want to make sure you are still learning," she said.
Almost one-third of Batchelor's students have not taken part in the school's online learning program.
Batchelor said she discovered many reasons for that as she visited homes. Internet connections failed; parents were unable to supervise their children's studying; students did not know how to use technology and more.
Across the Hartford school system, almost 80 percent of students are at least partly active in distance learning. But less than half of the population considered most at risk are doing so. The at-risk group includes students with poor attendance records, behavior problems, low marks or a mix of such issues.
School systems across the United States have similar concerns. Some report that they have students who have not been heard from at all since the start of school closures in March.
Bret Apthorpe leads Jamestown Public Schools in New York state. He said about 75 percent of the system's students took part in distance learning every day and most of the rest took part some of the time. But, around one percent, he said, have "fallen off the map." In other words, they have not taken part at all.
At Clark County schools in Nevada, about 12,000 students missed online classes in mid-April. Officials took action to get these children back to their studies. Even so, about 4,500 students remained uninvolved at the end of the year. The head of the Clark County school system, Jesus Jara, said some students did not have computers and others had gotten jobs.
Batchelor said the education effects of the widespread school closures will not be clear until educators see students' work in the fall. Nationally, research has suggested the shutdowns could cost students about a full year of learning.
For now, Batchelor said, parents and educators are doing their best, adding, "they might be having a difficult time doing it, but parents want their students to succeed, and they want to work with us."
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康涅狄格州哈特福德市罗森小学的校长塔亚丽莎·巴切勒（Tayarisha Batchelor）就是这些教育工作者之一 。她最近到学生家中家访 。
杰米-李（Jamie-Lee）是罗森小学三年级的学生 。巴切勒在进门时伸出双臂，好像给了他一个大大的拥抱 。她告诉杰米，自从大流行导致学校关闭以来，她有多么想念他 。
两人谈话时，男孩的眼睛一直盯着智能手机 。巴切勒问他在干什么 。他回答说玩电子游戏 。
“我喜欢玩游戏，”巴切勒告诉男孩，而他的父母在一旁看着 。然后，她建议他多花点时间在日常功课上 。她说，“我想确保你还在学习” 。
巴切勒表示，她在走访学生时发现了很多原因 。网络无法连接；父母无法监督孩子的学习;学生不懂技术操作等等 。
在哈特福德学校系统中，近80%的学生至少在一定程度上积极参与远程学习 。但是，在被认为是问题学生的人中，只有不到半数的人参与 。他们包括出勤记录不佳、行为问题、成绩落后或兼具这些问题的学生 。
美国的学校系统也有类似的担忧 。一些报道称，自3月份学校停课以来，他们的学生一直没有任何音讯 。
布雷特·阿普索普(Bret Apthorpe)是纽约州的詹姆斯敦公立学校的负责人 。他说，在该系统中，大约75%的学生每天都参加远程教育课程，剩下的大部分人每天都花一些时间参加 。但是，他指出，大约有1%已经“从系统中消失了” 。换句话说，他们根本没有参与 。
在内华达州的克拉克县学校，大约有1.2万名学生在4月中旬错过了在线课程 。官员们采取行动让这些孩子重新上课 。即便如此，到年底仍有约4500名学生没有参与 。克拉克县学校系统的负责人杰西·哈拉（Jesus Jara）表示，有些学生没有电脑，有些学生找到了工作 。
巴切勒表示，大规模的学校关闭对教育的影响须等到教育者看到秋季学生的成绩后才能见分晓 。从全国范围来看，研究表明，学校停课可能会让学生损失大约一年的学习时间 。