New schools in Bedford emerge from COVID-19
Time to check in again with New Bedford Public Schools Superintendent Thomas Anderson. The superintendent makes periodic visits town square sunday inform the public of what is happening in the schools of the city.
As far as COVID-19 protocols go, this was a historic week for schools in New Bedford. Students and staff members were allowed to remove their masks, and Anderson said it was a welcome change after nearly two years of remote learning, mask-wearing and social distancing in the classroom. .
What about the long-term impacts of COVID-19? How have all the remote and later in-school learning protocols impacted New Bedford students? Anderson said the impacts are still being assessed, but many students are likely to continue to catch up. He added that children in general, especially young students, have coped with the crisis quite well.
Anderson also referred to the influx of new students from Afghanistan into the city, saying the district and other agencies are providing the support they need.
Anderson also announced that the school department will receive a total of $74 million in one-time federal funding over the next several years to invest in priorities such as curriculum and building repairs.
He also said he expects graduation rates to stay in the 80-90% range at New Bedford High School, despite the impacts of the COVID crisis.
The Town place sunday with Supt. Thomas Anderson can be heard here:
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