Post-pandemic, our schools and communities can and must do more to support one another

As we look toward the close of yet another pandemic school year, the true costs of Covid-related school closures is just beginning to emerge.

Remote instruction has significantly slowed student progress. Aside from a clear disruption to the curriculum and lingering mental health challenges for students and staff alike, the effects of school closures have been felt far beyond the classroom.

For example, members from our own communities who relied on school computers to access the internet were suddenly without this critical resource. In other instances, groups that used school buildings for gatherings, like elderly walker groups, had to make other arrangements.