Thousands of students have dropped out of school due to Covid-19. These are the educators trying to track them down
March 9, 2021
(CNN) - The first thing you need to know about dropping out of school is that it doesn't happen all at once. Educators say students don't just wake up one day and decide that's it, no more school. It happens slowly. They get a little behind, they get more behind, they can't imagine catching up, so they give up.
The second thing to know is that the pandemic has made falling behind much easier to do.
The dropout rate in the United States was on a steady decline in the years before the pandemic. According to the US Department of Education, the dropout rate for high school students fell from about 10% in 2006 to about 5% in 2018.