Nearly 80% of Long Island students were learning ‘on the spot’ to complete the school year, after most districts started last fall on a virtual or hybrid schedule, according to data analyzed by Newsday from the report. State COVID-19.
The analysis, compiled from the June 16 report card, found that 79.1%, or 329,724 of students from the island’s 124 districts, were on site by mid-June. Over 86,000 Islandwide children have been classified as offsite or distance learners.
The majority of districts started the school year with a hybrid model – a mix of in-person and distance learning – and a Newsday survey in November found that about 76,000 students in 108 districts started the year on a distant path.
What there is to know
Almost 80% of Long Island students were learning “on the spot,” according to data analyzed by Newsday from the state’s June 16 COVID-19 report.
The report card is an online dashboard to track real-time infections and testing operations of each school district, and includes estimates provided by districts on the number of on-site / off-site students.
Newsday’s analysis found that 329,724 (79.1%) students from across the island were on site based on report card data.
The bulletin indicated that the districts reported information in the form of estimates and may not reflect actual daily traffic.
“Some parents decided that it was more important for them to send their children to school, and some felt that they wanted to keep them at home and [that] they could provide or supplement what was provided by the school, ”said Robert Dillon, district superintendent for BOCES in Nassau. “Some people were afraid of COVID. “
The state report, an online dashboard, was announced in September to track real-time infections and testing operations for each school district, and included estimates of on-site / off-site student numbers. . Schools were required to report their numbers daily to the State Department of Health, the agency that manages the newsletter.
The bulletin noted that districts reported information in the form of estimates and that they may not reflect actual daily attendance. The data does not distinguish between distance-only, in-person, or hybrid learners.
Several districts added in-person learning days to their calendars during the school year, and a handful – like Montauk – offered full-time in-person to start the school year. A few months after the start of the year, some districts eliminated the hybrid option, giving parents the choice of keeping their children away or bringing them in person full-time. Some systems also pursued a hybrid model.
The analysis found that four districts reported that 50% or more of their students learned offsite, while nine reported no offsite learners.
The District of Uniondale ultimately gave students the choice of being full-time in person or continuing as distance learners. More than 77% of students were learning offsite, according to the analysis.
Shakiva Harris, 37, of Uniondale, whose daughter Morgan Harris is entering sixth grade, said the 11-year-old was a full-fledged distance student all year round and it had been “difficult”.
“Distance learning was very difficult, but we got over it, and it was a pleasure to have teachers… who helped a lot and made the process easier,” Harris said at the ceremony. passage “of his daughter to the elementary school of Walnut Street. Wednesday. “I’m so proud of her. I’m so happy to see this accomplishment.”
Education advocates had expressed concern that distance learning was more prevalent in low-income neighborhoods. A report released in October by the state’s Department of Education showed that while 7% of students statewide had access to full in-person learning, significantly more white students (13%) had a in-person access as Black / African Americans (1%), Indian Americans (2%) or Latinx / Hispanic (3%).
The successes of distance and hybrid learning varied from district to district, educators said.
In Wyandanch, where the student body is nearly 100% in the minority, more than 72% of children were offsite to complete the year, according to the analysis. The district offered a hybrid K-5 curriculum, then expanded on-site instruction for K-2 students, while grades 3-12 participated in hybrid-asynchronous learning.
Superintendent Gina Talbert, in a statement, said the district “had one of the highest rates of COVID-19 cases in Suffolk County and one of the lowest community vaccination rates. spacing within our schools limited the number of students who could safely return to in-person instruction while the district remained in CDC compliance [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] guidelines.
“The district used all available human capital and auxiliary staff to support classroom instruction to serve more academics through in-person instruction.”
In the Valley Stream Central High School district, many distance learners have “thrived,” school officials said. The promotion major is a full-fledged distance learner, as the district has given children the opportunity to go virtual full-time. About half were listed as offsite, the bulletin noted.
The district is planning a return to full in-person education this fall and has implemented summer programs for students, said Christian Bowen, assistant superintendent of program and education.
In Montauk, where schools have been open since September, only about 2% of the district’s 345 students were listed as offsite to complete the year.
“We only offered the remote to students who had medical reasons not to be able to attend,” said Montauk Superintendent Jack Perna, who added that as the year progressed and the Confidence to safely return to class was growing, “almost all of those full-time students. Parents preferred school programs.
Education officials have said they want a full return to in-person teaching this fall.
“Educators know that being in person is the best way for students to learn and for teachers to teach. We support the provision of full-time in-person education five days a week, ”said Andy Pallotta, president of New York State United Teachers.
Shanece Ellis, whose 10-year-old daughter Ziniya Edwards completed a fully distance-learning fifth year at Uniondale, said the pandemic had made her suspicious of a fall return to school in person, but : “I’ll try for her because she loves being with her friends.”