Coronavirus pandemic taking a toll on children learning in virtual classrooms

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The coronavirus pandemic has impacted every corner of our society, from businesses shutting down to hospitals reaching maximum capacities. 

Now local educators are seeing how COVID-19 is affecting children who are studying remotely. 

Deputy Director for Instructional Support at Region One Education Center Dr. Eduardo Cancino said the pandemic has left students, grades K-12, about five months behind where they normally would be. According to Cancino, that never has never been seen before in the Valley.

"We needed to work on remote learning at a very accelerated rate," Cancino said. "So, there is a potential loss there that is something that had not occurred in the past."

Efforts to make sure all students across the Valley have easy access to a stable internet connection and a smart device have been put in place to make sure no one gets left behind. 

"These are interesting times— during this pandemic," Cancino said. "But we're looking at the positive elements of how much we're gaining."

Though it has been difficult to account for everyone, he said school districts and parents can only do so much.

Edith Gonzalez is a single mother of three from Starr County. Her youngest child is only 4-years-old. Gonzalez said she is worried he is struggling to learn virtually. 

"It's harder for him because he's confused," Gonzalez said. "He's not in a classroom, he doesn't get to experience being in a classroom. So that's super stressful for me, as well because I know he's not learning as much as he should be learning."

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