When Victoria Vial High School in Miami closed last spring and her classes went online, it felt like the beginning of an adventure. “I was in my pajamas, sitting in my comfortable chair,” recalls the 13-year-old. “I was texting my friends during class.”
Then he received his academic progress report. A student A and B before the pandemic, was failing three classes. The academic slide left her mother, Carola Mengolini, in tears. She insisted that her daughter create to-do lists and moved the girl’s workspace to the guest bedroom to improve her grades.
During the summer, Victoria’s tennis and theater camps were canceled. His family postponed a planned trip to Argentina to visit his extended family.
He formed a pandemic herd with five close friends, but the girls argued. Sub-cyclicals formed and Victoria and her best friend were left out. The pod fell apart.
The return of in-person education last fall brought some relief, but with some of their classmates still at home, teachers had to shift their attention between in-person and online children, leaving students behind. feeling disorganized and lagging behind.