Altoona, Eau Claire Superintendents assess pandemic lessons, how education is changing
“This last year has been like driving a car with your eyes closed,” Altoona schools Superintendent Heidi Eliopoulos told Chamber investors at the July 30 Eggs & Issues breakfast, describing what it was like to manage a school system through the COVID-19 pandemic. Eau Claire Superintendent Mike Johnson agreed, noting that one of the challenges going into the new school year is overcoming the learning loss experienced by many students this past year.
“We know there is significant learning loss and we know there is mental health trauma over the past few months as well,” Johnson said.
Both superintendents said there were some silver linings of the experience. Each said there are new techniques and technology that will be applied as education moves forward from here. They also emphasize the community partnerships that were critical to making it through the challenges. Each district worked closely with the Eau Claire
Above left: Business and community leaders participate in Eggs & Issues hosted by the Pablo Center at the Confluence
Above right: L to R Scott Rogers, Eau Claire Chamber; Jennifer McHugh, Royal Credit Unions (Chair of the Chamber's Governmental Affairs Committee; Altoona Supt. Heidi Eliopoulos; Eau Claire Supt. Mike Johnson
City-County Health Department, and both superintendents noted the value of the public-private Economic Recovery Task Force in forging communication and community-wide cooperation.
At this time, both districts plan to open this fall with full in-person classes five days a week, subject to change if conditions warrant, with online options for students and parents who want them.
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Posted by Scott Rogers, Vice President Governmental Affairs
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