Ask ECAC Blog: Summer 2020—Another Unprecedented Experience
Over the last few months, we have all heard the word “unprecedented” an unprecedented number of times. If we did not know what the word meant before, surely we do now. With the COVID-19 virus still in our midst, the Summer of 2020 will not be business as usual. Many summer camps, programs, and even vacation Bible schools will not be operating this year. The programs that will be offered will probably look quite a bit different than in the past, with smaller group sizes, social distancing, and concerns about sanitizing everything. This could end up making the programs more expensive at a time when many families are feeling real economic hardship.
The other thing that makes the summer of 2020 different from any other is the fact that most students will begin the summer after being away from their schools for over two months. By the time they get back to school in the fall, they will have been away from their classrooms for over five months. This is an unprecedented break from formal instruction. Even those schools that have made a sincere effort to help students learn remotely during the school closure, will have to acknowledge that what was offered does not replace being in school five days a week for six hours a day. Many parents are already concerned about the instruction that their children missed. They are just as concerned about previously learned skills being lost over this extended break from school...