From academics to mental health, school shutdowns took heavy toll on students

(JUST THE NEWS) – Even as progressive school boards, teachers’ unions, and Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe seem to turn a deaf ear to parents’ input about their children’s schooling, major reports have revealed heavy losses suffered by children nationwide as a result of school district pandemic policies over the last year and a half.

As “two weeks to slow the spread” of COVID-19 in March 2020 turned inexorably into a forever “war” to eliminate the virus entirely, governors shut down their states and schools shut their doors indefinitely, leaving school districts across the country to scramble to provide improvised virtual learning alternatives. It is now clear that more than a year of little to no in-person instruction exacted a steep price — academic, social and emotional — among K-12 students.

The long-term consequences could last into children’s adulthoods — not just impacting their job prospects but even negatively impacting the U.S. economy, a report published by McKinsey & Company found.

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