Many Minnesota students have fallen behind on their education after Governor Tim Walz canceled in person classes amidst COVID-19.
Not only are some students struggling to keep up with their learning, 1 in 6 students in St. Paul hasn’t even logged into classes since April 6, according to the Pioneer Press. This has occurred despite state provided iPads.
David Perry, a Minnesota based journalist, has also highlighted concerns that some children may not have home environments conducive to remote schooling.
What about kids with IEPs?
What about kids without tech?
What about kids whose parents work in grocery stores? (Or, fine, health care. Or sanitation)? https://t.co/R6cvU60sEY
— David M. Perry (@Lollardfish) March 28, 2020
Additionally, many parents say they feel overwhelmed by a large number of unclear emails and confusing directions from schools attempting to create remote classrooms, says MPR. Teachers also say that their students are generally unmotivated to complete their work outside the structured format of a traditional school. School administrators meanwhile, report difficulties finding adequate software programs to host classes.
Despite this difficulty, Walz says schools are unlikely to reopen before the conclusion of this academic year.