This spring, the Covid-19 pandemic forced schools across the country to close their doors and had teachers, students, and families scrambling to adapt to remote instruction. For many, it didn’t go well. For the 16.9 million students without high-speed home internet, virtual learning wasn’t even much of an option. Now, states, districts, and schools are working quickly to put together plans for the new school year, largely focusing on whether and how to bring students back into the classroom. However, schools must not overlook the steps that they need to take to provide high-quality, standards-based remote learning options, whether in a fully virtual environment or a hybrid of in-person and virtual instruction.
While returning students to in-person instruction should absolutely be the goal of school districts, the reality is that until there is a widely-available vaccine, some form of remote instruction will be an essential and unavoidable part of education………………………………………………………….
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