District: Science ‘Impacted Dramatically’ by COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic had a dramatic impact on science, district officials say. Many students missed out on lab experiences in 2020 as sixth-graders, as the pandemic set in here, when they went out for four months of remote learning for two units of study, Deputy Superintendent Dr. Jill Correnty told members of the Board of Education during their regular meeting, held Oct. 17 at New Canaan High School. Those units, in ecosystems and earth science, “are really critical,” Correnty said during a presentation on K-8 assessments. 

“They were in a hybrid environment and then, as you recall, we had half-day Wednesdays,” she said. “So we had to make some decisions with our science curriculum, and you may have recalled me talking about that last year and some of the changes that we made were in the climate unit, and the changes that we made were because we know that they were going to receive this information again as ninth-graders.