Morris Schools Superintendent Troy Ferguson. (Photo: Marshall Hoffman)

Across the nation, distance learning has taken a toll on student academics. Morris Schools Superintendent Troy Ferguson told the KMRS Community Connection that the effects of the pandemic are no different in Morris.

“This is hard on students, and our teachers are working so hard and trying to be so creative in delivering distance learning opportunities to our students,” said Ferguson. “But it is tough not being in school. And so, yeah, we have seen an effect on both academic achievement and then just social/emotional well-being. And so, that’s why we’re working so hard to try to get the kids back.”

Ferguson said the teachers in the district have taken advantage of a number of programs to keep students engaged and motivated, but acknowledged that it is a continuing challenge.

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