Since the coronavirus pandemic swept through the United States and closed down most schools, a large percentage of students say they haven't been keeping up with their studies, a new Common Sense Media/SurveyMonkey says.
The poll was conducted from March 24 to April 1, using 849 students between ages 13 and 17 throughout the United States.
It found nearly half (47%) of all public school students hadn't attended even one online class since the school closures. That's compared to 18% of private school students.
In all, 41% of all students haven't taken any virtual classes.
The lack of participation could be attributed to reasons like some schools being on spring break or haven't begun their virtual classes.
Another reason could be a lack of resources. Over the last few weeks, school systems have had to scramble to provide students with laptops, tablets and, in some cases, broadband access in their homes.
Some students may just be worried about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on their lives. In fact, more than 60% worry they or someone in their families will contract coronavirus.
This is a worry that educators need to be mindful of.
"You think about the vast majority of the kids, they're going through their own levels of stress," Jose Luis Vilson, a middle school teacher in New York City, told NPR.org. "There are hundreds of cases just within the school district that I work in of COVID-19."
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