Districts in New Mexico have the right to enroll in in-person classes now for Fall 21 ”Albuquerque Journal

After more than a year of uncertainty, it’s good that more schools in New Mexico are committing to full-time in-person education this fall.

The pandemic has forced students, parents and educators to switch to distance learning for much of the 2020-21 school year, and school performance has been dismal. Albuquerque Public Schools estimate that about 43% of students failed at least one course in fall 2020, more than double the pre-pandemic fall semester of 2019. Analysts estimate that neo-students Mexicans face a learning loss of up to 12 months.

That’s why state lawmakers have granted $ 280 million for an additional 25 days for elementary school students and an additional 10 days for other classes. Unfortunately, lawmakers did not make overtime days mandatory. While districts like Santa Fe Public Schools have found a nice way to add days, districts like APS are leaving tens of millions of dollars on the table – and hundreds of thousands of struggling students in the cold. . We continue to hope that they will rethink their decision and add the days.

On the positive side, APS is one of the school districts pledging to mainstream in-person learning this fall. APS also has an online-only school, eCADEMY, for students who are reluctant to return to class. And in-person students can take free “eCADEMY labs” classes this fall at their schools and, for $ 25 per class, eCADEMY classes after school.

While many students struggled, the pandemic revealed that some students excel at distance learning. Expanding eCADEMY and other remote programs makes perfect sense.

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But what is also clear is that our teachers should no longer be forced to provide both in-person and online instruction. One lesson from the pandemic is that the level of multitasking in most cases just hasn’t worked out. He was asking teachers to undertake an almost impossible task and failed to provide a successful learning experience for many students.

The presidents of the country’s two major teacher unions are calling for a full return to in-person learning this fall, making it clear that this is the best path for teachers and students. More districts are now committing to in-person learning this fall – while also offering separate distance learning programs like eCADEMY – the best administrators, teachers, staff, parents and students can prepare not only for fall. 2021, but also how to best manage the learning losses of spring 2020-spring 2021.

This editorial first appeared in the Albuquerque Journal. It was written by members of the editorial board and is unsigned because it represents the opinion of the journal rather than that of the authors.

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