A Parent's Guide to Recognizing the COVID-Slide

Oct 14, 2021 | Fort Collins

The school year is underway, and you may be starting to see some struggles your child is having at school. However, it may be unclear whether this is a normal, expected struggle, or a struggle brought on by the effects of the COVID-Slide.

We're bringing you "A Parent's Guide to Recognizing the COVID-Slide" so that you feel equipped to monitor your child's progress this year, and go into conferences prepared to notice red flags.


A Parent's Guide To Recognizing the COVID-Slide


The ripple effects of the pandemic aren’t always obvious. Here’s some language your child might be using that can indicate a COVID-Slide issue:

  • “I don’t understand my math this year”. On the surface, it sounds like your child is struggling with the new material, but it could actually be that they are missing foundational skills from last year that they need in order to understand this year’s material.
  • “Online schooling was hard”. It’s no surprise that students had trouble engaging with virtual learning. Distractions were too tempting, and staring at a screen all day was exhausting. Not to mention the lack of social interaction and other mood-boosting activities from being with friends. Help boost their spirit and excitement for learning by taking advantage of some math-enthusiasts in a safe, clean learning environment… we know just the place!
  • “The pace was too fast last year”. With everything changing on short notice last year, the normal cadence of classroom learning was compromised. Curriculums were modified to accommodate the online learning, and students were left struggling to keep up on their own. This year won’t be any easier, as they will have to backtrack to learn material they missed last year, while also keeping up with the new lessons. Extra support can help ease this additional workload.
  • “I can’t do this on my own”. After the disruptions of virtual learning last year, many students have lost the confidence and focus needed to work independently. They will need some extra support this year to help them relearn how to study, engage in the classroom, and motivate themselves to grow.


A Tip for Conferences


As you head into conference, listen for mention of these behavioral issues that could indicate a COVID-Slide issue:

  • Not paying attention in class
  • Acting out in the classroom
  • Resisting doing homework or studying
  • Negative thoughts towards math
  • Lack of confidence in their ability to do math


So What's Next?

We hear a lot of parents coming in to our center saying that they "just want to be sure" their child is on pace. Their student tells them they're doing "fine" in class and their grades seem "ok", but it's difficult to interpret what that means. Here's how to ensure your child's on track:

  1. Get an objective look at where your child is measuring against set standards. This can be achieved by taking our grade-specific skills assessment, at no risk or obligation to you.
  2. Make a plan of action that involves personalized content tailored to filling skill gaps and solidifying understanding specific to your child's needs.
  3. Work each day to reverse the regression of the COVID Slide. We're not gonna lie and say it will be easy, but it is doable and it is necessary. And the earlier it gets started, the less draining it will be on you and your child.


It's Time to Redefine "Fine"

Don't Settle for Barely Passing... Set Your Eyes on Mastery

Your goal may be for your child to just reach proficiency. And that's a good starting place. But our goal is for every student to reach mastery. This goal hasn’t changed or been forgotten because of the pandemic. Comprehension shouldn’t be compromised. Math is too important for that.


We're here to help. Call us today to schedule your no-risk assessment and free trial day.