EAST ST. LOUIS — It’s still spring semester for students in this Metro East district, where an extra month was added to the school year to combat learning loss during the pandemic.
“The extended school year has given Lincoln (Middle School) the opportunity to get back what the pandemic took from us,” said principal David Shanks. “Nothing compares to in-person learning for most of our young scholars.”
Schools across the St. Louis region have bolstered their summer offerings, both to help struggling students catch up and to ease stress for families. For some children, summer school is their first time in a classroom in more than a year.
Most students can be expected to lose a month or two in reading and math skills over a typical summer. The added effects of virtual learning and pandemic-related disruptions are still unclear. U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona has warned of significant damage to student learning and social-emotional wellness. The added summer programming is funded in part by federal pandemic relief funds.