Learning loss continues for some students 4 years post-COVID, but officials hopeful the gap is closing

Many children have experienced learning loss since the pandemic. Some have been able to catch up, while others are still trying to close the gap. “She’s actually working on fine motor and upper body strength," said Raquel Fuentes-Zapata, as she works one-on-one with her daughter Aleena in the sensory room at Bilingual Speech Therapy in Clearwater. Aleena is about to turn nine. “It allows her to be able to understand her body and space—spatial awareness.”