Learning loss, mental health plague return to Ventura County schools

Adilene Ramirez was within the eighth grade when the COVID-19 pandemic despatched her and each different scholar residence for the higher a part of a 12 months. She began Moorpark Excessive College from residence, on Zoom, and wasn’t again on campus full-time till her sophomore 12 months.

As quickly as she returned, her grades took a success, and previously 12 months she’s labored exhausting to get her GPA above a 3.0.

“After we had been doing Zoom faculty, the academics would grade the whole lot as simple as they’ll,” the 17-year-old junior stated earlier this month. “I used to be so used to only trying the whole lot up on the web. … It was an enormous adjustment once we got here again.”

Ramirez isn’t alone.

At faculties throughout Ventura County, and across the state and the nation, college students have struggled — academically, socially, emotionally — since returning to campus. Lecturers, directors and college students report extra issues with habits and extra points with psychological well being than earlier than the pandemic. Tutorial struggles are sometimes simpler to measure, and in 2022, standardized take a look at scores had been down, usually dramatically, in comparison with the final pre-pandemic testing in 2019.

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