Summer enrichment resumes in person in southern Delaware

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When CFSAF programs returned to in-person learning, education staff and volunteers noticed the impact COVID-19 was having on students. Parents were the first to make these changes. They said their children had become socially and emotionally detached and lagged behind academics.

Oralia Perez, a resident of Georgetown in Guatemala, said her three children enrolled in the after-school and summer enrichment program suffered from the loss of social and emotional support during the closure of the FSCAA. Her children felt stressed and frustrated because they couldn’t go out or have face-to-face interactions.

“Yo pienso que en lo que más de ellos se sintieron afectados es que no podían acudir a este programa para resolver dudas. Si ellos tenían dudas en la escuela, pues ellos encontraban la ayuda idónea y el programa y de hecho pues al momento de que la casita cerro, esto les afecta de gran manera, ”said Perez. “No sabían cómo hacer su tarea, se sintieron confundidos y pues optaban por no hacerlo. Y eso lo llevó a que algunas personas tuvieron que perder el grado. De hecho, por esto de la pandemia, el aprendizaje en la escuela ha sido como muy, muy lento, muy atrasado.

“I think what touched them the most was not being able to participate in this program to get their questions answered. If they had any questions at school, then they would find the perfect help with the program. In fact, when the program was shut down it affected them deeply, ”said Perez. “They didn’t know how to do their homework, they felt confused and therefore chose not to do it. And that has led some people to lose their rating. In fact, because of the pandemic, learning in school has been very, very slow. Everything is saved.


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