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Rebecca Schlafer-Miller a fifth-grade teacher at Edwin Markham Elementary School in Vacaville works with her students via Zoom during distance learning Tuesday. After a year of teaching by video conferencing software either from their homes or empty classrooms, teachers in the Vacaville Unified School District will be welcoming students back to school in the coming days. (Joel Rosenbaum -- The Reporter)

Coronavirus: Solano public schools unlikely to return to the ‘before times’

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Like most of us, Vacaville area educators, students and families recall the week in March 2020 when their world began to change. A year and some days since, many long for the “before times.”

However, across Solano County and the nation, online education has taken root. As classroom instruction is about to resume in a hybrid model for what’s left of the academic year, local educators hold out hope that students will welcome the change.

In emailed responses to a series of Reporter questions, Ed Santopadre, associate superintendent for Vacaville Unified, noted ways student learning and achievement has been affected by the pandemic and remote learning.

“We are very proud of the work by our students, teachers, administrators and support staff to make sure students had the tools they needed and continue to motivate them to keep trying,” he said. “We have concerns about the academic progress of some students but believe we can work hard to have them catch up for what they missed. Learning is not a straight line and is very individual, so our teams are looking at each student and what supports they need.”

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