Lynchburg school district seeing falling grades, mostly among at-home students


LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Administrators with Lynchburg City Schools say they are noticing an alarming trend among students in the fully remote learning model, versus students in the remote/in-person hybrid.

More than a third of Lynchburg City School students are still opting for the fully remote learning option. Administrators say that the population is having the hardest time with their grades this year.

Last semester, about 55-percent of students chose the hybrid learning model. That number went up when the new semester began last week.

“Second semester it looks like currently, we have about 62 percent of our students who are participating in hybrid,” said Deputy Superintendent Amy Pugh. “We do have students that, whose grades have slipped. We have students who are failing, students who are receiving D’s and F’s. We have students whose grades have slipped from A’s to B’s and B’s to C’s.”

According to Pugh, that’s a trend across the country, and in Lynchburg, she sees a pattern behind the falling grades.

“Those that are struggling the most seem to be the ones that are not turning in assignments, and those are the ones that are usually remote only and are somewhat non-participatory.”

She says ideally, she’d have all students in the buildings every day but says there’s barely even room to move remote students onto the hybrid model.

“We can only have 10-12 students in the class, and some of our classrooms across our division are already at that capacity. So we would love, again, our goal is 100 percent, but we have to keep in mind the health and safety mitigation protocol.”

Starting next week, the district will deliver meals for the week, seven meals per child, every Monday to about 200 at-home students throughout the district. However, families can continue to pick up their meals curbside from various schools, as many have been doing.

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