More than 1 million students in the US have not taken admissions in schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The recent government data shows that many children skipped school since the pandemic started. Moreover, the highest impact was seen in kindergarten students.
More than a Million Students Refrain Admissions in Schools Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic
According to recent government data, more than 1 million students in the United States did not take admissions in schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The data also cites that the sharpest drop was seen in kindergarten admissions. We all are aware of the difficulties that the pandemic brought along with it. Certainly, it has affected the education system in several ways. However, several students dropped out of school while a million of them did not even take admissions.
What does the Data Suggest?
Stanford University analyzed the enrollment data of about 70,00 schools across 33 states in the United States. However, they found that about 10,000 local public schools lost 20 percent of their kindergarten students since the COVID-19 pandemic started in 2020. The analysis also emphasizes the rising inequalities between the upper class and the lower class during these tough times. Most of the decline in admissions took place in areas below the poverty line. Therefore, we can clearly imagine the kind of crisis that this pandemic brought along with it.
COVID-19 Pandemic in the United States
According to recent information, at least 4,293,530 have lost their lives in the COVID-19 pandemic. On the other hand, the United States alone has witnessed more than 616,828 casualties. Meanwhile, the United States is one of the worst-hit Covid countries in the world. Although the country is recovering, there is still a long way to go. The country began its vaccination drive early this year and has successfully inoculated half of its population. But recent data shows that the vaccination rate in the country has heavily declined. The CDC asked fully vaccinated citizens not to wear masks anymore quite some time ago. However, it reversed its statement after the Delta variant started dominating in the country.
There was a Huge Decline in Kindergarten Admissions as Well
Kindergarten admissions were greatly affected due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In Philadelphia, where most of the kindergarten children are from middle and low-income families; there was a huge decline in admissions. Besides Philadelphia, a decline in kindergarten admissions is also witnessed in cities like Jackson and Honolulu. Although kindergartens are completely optional in the United States, the government urges people to start their child’s education from there. This is because kindergartens help in a child’s mental and physical growth.