Brookings trying to get handle on lost students

BROOKINGS, S.D. (KJJQ) – One of the lasting impacts of the coronovirus pandemic may be felt by students left behind as schools closed and shifted to online learning.

Schools across the country report they have been unable to keep in contact with some students. This has happened in the Brookings district and efforts are being made to understand just how widespread the problem might be.

Superintendent Klint Willert says he has asked the principals to survey teachers to try and find out.

Willert says there may be a need to provide some additional instruction.

The CARES money he referred to is federal coronavirus relief funding. Willert says they may also partner with the Boys and Girls Club to address instructional gaps.

School Board President Van Fishback says they need this information as soon as possible.

Willert says they should have some preliminary data yet this week.