'There is COVID learning loss — that's a real thing': Thousands of students return to the classroom as teachers play catch-up

Maplewood Elementary School in Southwest Portland welcomed more than 2,700 students today, many of them kindergartners.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Students are back in the classroom and ready for the new school year at schools across the Portland metro area.

“I’m pretty excited,” said Emma Larson, a 6th grader at Highland Park Middle School.

“Yeah, I’m pretty excited to be back,” added Ellery Paldi, also a 6th grader at the same middle school.

After a nearly two-year hiatus from in-person learning during the height of COVID-19 pandemic, teachers are left playing catch up with students’ education.

“There is COVID learning loss

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