COVID-19 is the flashlight illuminating the inequities within our schools and broader communities. We already knew they existed.
COVID-19 is not just about learning loss. There is collective trauma around losing loved ones to the virus and the economic strife families endured. New examples of racial injustice in our criminal justice system and the dog-whistle rhetoric in the presidential campaign during the pandemic have only made the trauma worse.
Minnesota can start addressing not just the academic, but the emotional, toll caused by the global pandemic, and then strategize the best way to provide supports to struggling students and rebuild our schools:
- Provide funding for districts to offer quality, equitable extra-time programming.
- Give educators the time and resources needed to address the unprecedented levels of collective trauma experienced in the pandemic, racial injustice and other experiences in 2020.
Learn more: Bouncing back from COVID-19 disruptions