May 8, 2020 / Modified may 8, 2020 5:27 p.m.

Time away from school means uncertainty about students' return to classrooms

A discussion with UA College of Education assistant dean Francesca Lopez.

State education leaders are in the process of devising guidelines to safely reopen schools for the new academic year that begins in a few months. We got insight into some of the impacts COVID-19 has already had on learning from Francesca Lopez, associate dean of the University of Arizona College of Education.

“I think we need to brace ourselves for a new way of learning, a new situation, a lived experience that many of us have never had before,” Lopez said. “There’s also the advantage of children having been at home and probably — and hopefully — having more time with their family.”

Lopez said some of the uncertainty about what sort of difficulties students may face when they eventually return to school underscores the importance of counselors on campus.

“Without that coping, without the ability to heal from any kind of trauma, it’s very difficult to have the opportunity to learn,” Lopez said.

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