CHICO, Calif. - You can add an increase in failing grades to the list of things Covid-19 has impacted.
Chico Unified School District has noticed that in 2019, at the end of the first semester, about 10% of junior and high school students got at least 1 "F." This year, the percentage jumped to almost 24%.
The biggest jump was for homeless students. Going from 26% in 2019 to 52% this year.
Chico Unified said about 50% of its students with English as their first language received at least one failing grade. Of their homeless students, 35% of them received at least one failing grade.
“A lot of our kids struggled with a platform where they had to just look at a screen for that many hours and weren't getting any interactions with our teachers, "Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, Jay Marchant said. "So our teachers talked to us about it and our parents and students who said we need more support or a different way, so our teachers developed lessons through google classroom and zoom meetings and now they get to go to school if they are AM/PM schedule.”
Marchant said the government gave the school an extra $10 million dollars. That money allowed them to offer a four-week winter session for students to make up credits.
They will also have extra tutoring sessions and let students re-take any class in the summer session.