Ravenna School s looks long term to help students now | #teacher | #children | #kids

Dr. Laura Hebert

The Ravenna School District is committed to providing a safe and secure learning environment for all of our students. It has been challenging to keep this commitment during the pandemic, however we are determined to put this virus in the rear view mirror. We are firm in our efforts to move forward, more focused than ever on creating a school environment that works for all students.

Recently the Ravenna School District made the decision to move to remote learning for a two-week period. This decision was not made lightly, and several factors were considered before reaching this conclusion. We want to make sure we share how this decision was reached.

As we share the background to this decision, it is important to understand what we know to be true as educators — students are better off in school, learning face-to-face, and interacting with their peers. The pandemic has hit our students hard — they were socially and emotionally isolated for three to seven months. Then, their return to school was anything but normal — masked and socially distanced. Depression, suicidal thinking, and acting out have been intensified because of the pandemic. When students finally returned to school in September of 2021, the hope was for a true “normal” experience. But, it was not to be — masking is still in place, and unfortunately, the newest variant (Omicron) has made us all retreat in our efforts to learn and live normally.

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