After the epidemic, our schools and communities can and will do much more to support one another

As we look toward the end of another epidemic in the school year, the actual cost of closing the Covid-related school has just begun to unfold.

Remote instruction has significantly slowed student progress. In addition to the apparent disruption of curriculum and similarly prolonged mental health challenges for students and staff, the effects of school closure have been felt outside the classroom.

For example, members of our own community who relied on school computers to access the Internet were suddenly without this important resource. In other instances, groups using school buildings for assemblies, such as adult walking groups, had to make other arrangements.

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