According to the CT legislature's committee, over 5,000 students who opted for online-only learning across Connecticut have never once logged into a single day of class, according to an article in the Hartford Courant.

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The education department has crunched the numbers and found out that 3.1 percent of remote students or 5,165, were absent all week from Oct. 5-9. Throughout the state, the education department has provided more than 142,000 laptops along with internet access for approximately 60,000 families. Martha Stone, who's the executive director of the Center for Children's Advocacy, told the Hartford Courant:

When you already had issues of chronic absenteeism in major urban districts, and then you overlay the COVID problems and connectivity problems, it's really important to get accurate measures for both chronic absenteeism and student achievement because they will both be affected.

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980 online-only students in Hartford and 1,340 in New Haven had not logged on once between Sept. 21-25. Other cities and towns where students didn't log in during that same week were New London, Torrington, and Windsor.

Our grandson is a first-grader in New Milford who's enrolled in a hybrid learning program at his school. I asked his mom what a typical virtual learning day looks like at home. She told me it took some time for Bradley to adapt 'to going to school from home,' but he settled in when the routine became established.

Bradley - Ethan Photo
Bradley - Ethan Photo

During an online-learning day, Bradley has his own desk area where his school supplies are kept along with his Chromebook computer so he and his class can interact with their teacher. They are given specific assignments to work on throughout the four-hour period, followed by more virtual classroom instruction. It's amazing how both the teachers and their students have adapted to this new-normal of learning.

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