Educators say the learning loss was real during the pandemic, but your child will likely catch up


TAMPA, Florida – As many children prepare to return to class, many families are looking for additional support to cope with potential learning loss during online learning and the changes of the pandemic.

As a result, home school tutoring and support businesses like Urban Cottage Educational in Seminole Heights in Tampa saw their business increase when online learning began. But now owner and manager Marissa Hess said parents and students are coming back before the end of the summer year to help reinforce additional learning and skills before heading back to class to make sure that they don’t fall behind.

However, Hess takes a different and more positive view of her approach to learning loss. She believes that if parents, teachers and administrators take the stress and pressure off, children will thrive when they return.

“Let’s give them back their childhood,” she said. “When you talk about learning gaps and achievement gaps, and those things are real, but where I wouldn’t agree is that so many people think it’s like a linear timeline . “

She says all students are at different stages of their learning and there isn’t one place to be. Instead, she encourages families to trust teachers in the Tampa Bay area and allow them to work on rebuilding their skills with students.

“We can actually allow them to be professional artists with a background that they know,” Hess said. “That’s why we hired them to do what they do.”

As companies like Urban Cottage Educational support students and parents, the Hillsborough County School District has expanded summer learning programs in an attempt to close the achievement gaps.

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“We have nearly 14,000 students who have taken advantage of our summer learning process to help them continue to accelerate their learning in the right direction,” said Superintendent Addison Davis of Hillsborough County Schools. .

The Hillsborough County School District found that math suffered the most among high school students, with 13% fewer students receiving A’s during the pandemic. Students receiving D’s were up three percent and F’s were up eight percent, according to the district.

“We know that during this pandemic the learning loss is actually real,” Davis said.

District leaders continue to tell families to stay in touch with their schools, especially principals, for advice on how to stay on track this school year.

Hillsborough County school officials also said there were not a large number of families asking their students not to be held back a year due to the pandemic and the loss of learning that result.


Norma A. Roth