An empty classroom in March 2020.

An empty classroom in March 2020.

School is back in session across the country for the third time since the pandemic began. Though the school day looks much like it did before Covid-19 forced officials to shutter classrooms, the lingering effects of school closures, online learning, and a world turned upside down are becoming clear.

This includes lagging test scores, continued staffing issues, and, according to a new study, a dramatic jump in absences.

Bianca Vazquez Toness is an education reporter for the Associated Press. She has been following the continued impact of the pandemic on young people and schools and says that for many students and families there is still a lot of work to be done.


  • Bianca Vazquez Toness Education reporter, AP
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