Superintendents worry about academic slide, cite community criticism

New Hampshire superintendents told lawmakers they have concerns about upcoming school vacations and “academic slide,” at the same time citing criticism they have received from their communities over decisions related to COVID-19.

Five superintendents, representing different regions of the state, met with the Joint House and Senate Education Committee Wednesday via Zoom webinar to discuss their successes and concerns around COVID-19. The hearing was part of a four-hour session, where the committee also heard from area principals, school nurses and special educators.

Several superintendents mentioned concern over upcoming Thanksgiving and winter breaks, and the impact it could have if students or employees choose to travel out of state. New Hampshire requires everyone traveling into the state from non-New England states to self-quarantine for two weeks after arrival.

Many districts are facing staff shortages for in-person learning, which becomes an issue when employees are required to quarantine. 

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