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Cumberland County students failing at higher rate with online classes

Written by Mamie M. Arndt
Classrooms have been empty since the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March. [File photo]

Failing grades in Cumberland County Schools have more than doubled this year as students have been going to class online, records show.

Students in elementary schools have received failing grades at more than four times the rate of the previous school year, according to a report presented at the Board of Education’s Curriculum Committee meeting Tuesday. Middle school students have failed at more than three times the previous year’s rate, while high school students have failed at twice the rate, the report shows.

The committee also heard from a member of a science collaborative who presented information that showed that schools are not “super spreaders” of COVID-19.

The schools have been closed since March because of the disease, which is caused by a highly infectious coronavirus. School officials are hoping to return to some in-person classes later this month.

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Mamie M. Arndt