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According to McKinsey & Company, at the end of the 2020-21 school year, students were an average of five months behind in math and four months behind in reading. As you may have witnessed, the pandemic affected more than just student academic performance. The effects extend to a broader mental toll on students as a result of being separated from their peers. The lasting effects of learning loss caused by COVID-19 are projected to reduce earnings by a lifetime average of $49,000 to $61,000 as current K-12 students enter the workforce. (McKinsey & Company 2021)

So how can we use EANS 2 funding to improve mental health and remedy learning loss caused by the pandemic?

In addition to supplies and training used to minimize the spread of infectious disease, non-public schools may request EANS funds for educational technology to assist students, educators, and staff with remote or hybrid learning, along with education and support services to address learning loss including after-school and summer programs.

For the sake of student (and teacher) sanity, lost learning should not be made up entirely in the classroom. Rather, by offering vibrant and interest-piquing out-of-school activities, students can catch up on learning while having fun and spending time with their friends.

How can we use EANS funding to propel out-of-school programming?

  • Bringing in third-party local or virtual providers to extend additional out-of-school learning opportunities to your students

  • Training, equipping, and paying existing staff to create dynamic after-school or summer programs

  • Paying an up-and-coming leader in your building to act as director of after-school programming

  • Providing funding for students to participate in after-school programming if they would otherwise be unable to participate due to finances

Historically, it has proved time-consuming to find, vet, and onboard after-school providers – a process that is often pushed aside in favor of occurrences during the school day, or because there is simply no time. At AfterSchool HQ, it’s our mission to connect students to after-school programs so that they can grow in confidence and impact the world in big and wonderful ways. With our easy-to-use platform, schools can find and onboard third-party providers, collect registration information and payment, and promote their available activities to parents all in one place.

To learn more about how AfterSchool HQ can simplify your after-school management, visit myahq.com/eans or click here to schedule time to discuss possibilities with one of our educational consultants.

 

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