Students learn best when they have individual support and undivided attention from their teachers, whether in-person or online.
The hybrid learning model – where some students attend in-person, while others join virtually from home – forces teachers to split their attention between the two, and compromises the learning environment for everyone. This failed model potentially leaves many students behind, especially those with special education needs, those with social and mental health concerns, English as a second language learners, and equity-deserving students.
The benefits of in-person learning, including one-on-one student-teacher interactions and socialization with peers, are clear and undeniable. Quality, in-person learning is essential to student success. The government must invest the resources required to ensure every student gets the learning environment they need to succeed.