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Lancaster Online: Sylvan Learning Discusses How the Shift to Online Learning Impacts Students Long Term

Students in Lancaster County are still dealing with the impact of virtual learning as they return to a “more normal” in-person 2021-22 school year.

As the 2020-21 school year progressed, many students and educators returned to in-person learning across Lancaster County; however, others stayed virtual. While some students found flexibility and growth in online schooling, others struggled with pressure, confusion and a lack of connection. Encouraging post-secondary education and careers post-high school were tall tasks for high school staff across the country.

Elizabeth Clippinger, regional director for the Sylvan Learning centers in Lancaster, York, Palmyra and Mechanicsburg, spoke with LancasterOnline about the uptick in referrals to use the brand’s services in response to the pandemic and virtual learning. Through the school year, Sylvan Learning’s enrollment had some ups and downs, but Clippinger said that enrollment began to increase in the summer of 2021.

“We had a lot of families who came to us and just said, ‘OK, we tried to just get through the year, but now we're ready to make some moves and support our children,’” Clippinger stated.

Clippinger added that one of the best ways parents can foster education at home is by reading with their child and by having conversations about what they are reading. Math can be a little trickier, but one technique Clippinger suggests is to play card games and incorporate math skills into it.

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