December 03, 2020

Schools, Communities Need to Make Sure Military Children Don’t Get Lost During COVID-19

By Nathalie Grogan

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has upended daily life as Americans previously knew it, with one of the most significant disruptions affecting children’s education. Closed school buildings, remote learning and the daily stresses of life in a pandemic have combined to create extreme stress on the educational trajectories of children across the country and the world. But few are discussing one group of students facing additional hardships and difficulties in the pandemic: military children. During this time of upheaval and stress, we owe it to military children to keep their interests in mind and make sure they are not lost in the shuffle.

During this time of upheaval and stress, we owe it to military children to keep their interests in mind and make sure they are not lost in the shuffle.

The coronavirus pandemic and the public health measures necessary to curb the spread of the disease have wreaked havoc on traditional models of education and learning. At the time of publication, 10 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia have state-ordered full or partial school closures in effect. Four state governments have ordered schools to remain open. The remaining 36 states lack a statewide directive on school closures, leaving the decision up to individual school districts. Children have been forced to adjust almost overnight to a dramatically different academic environment. The children of service members are no exception, but they also have the added complications of military life.

Read the full article in Military.com.

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