In our 50+ years of operation, we've faced many challenges but none quite like the COVID-19 pandemic. In March, Minnesota schools moved to a distance-learning format, which continued through the 2019-2020 school year. While ending in-person classes was a wise decision to protect public health, the achievement gap between high- and low-income students is widening drastically as a result. Further impacting learners in the Greater Mankato area, the difficult decision was made to temporarily close the Learning Center in order to protect the sisters living on the Good Counsel campus.
For now, teaching remotely is the best way to educate and protect students during the 2020-21 school year. We have begun to invest in new technologies that will allow us to continue transforming lives through individualized instruction. The Learning Center recently acquired several iPads and Chromebooks and tutors are being trained in the use of such programs as G Suite, Google Classroom, and Zoom.
Support students and tutors as they move to a distance-learning format due to the COVID-19 pandemic.