Pandemic leaves kids needing summer school

Come fall 2021, a large number of students across Kansas will enter their next grade without the skills they should have picked up last year.


State News

June 29, 2021 - 11:02 AM

Students at a summer school program at Cessna Elementary School in Wichita. SUZANNE PEREZ / KANSAS NEWS SERVICE

WICHITA, Kansas — One thing the world learned during the pandemic is that school kids lose pace when Zoom replaces the classroom.

“There has been some academic slide,” said Andi Giesen, assistant superintendent for learning services at the Wichita district. “On a previous trajectory, we would have expected students to be maybe a little farther along with their learning.”

Enter summer school.

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