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This article provides an overview of Canada’s primary and secondary school disruptions during COVID-19, then summarizes recent data and research showing the detrimental impacts of these disruptions on students. Novel aspects of our analysis include an assessment of the strictness of lockdown restrictions in schools compared to those in in-person dining, salons, and gyms, and an analysis of provincial data from BC identifying differential impacts between public and private schools, Indigenous students, and higher- and lower-performing groups. The paper concludes with a series of recommendations for policymakers and educators.

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Education Policy
Pandemic impact on students
Canadian Public Policy
Test scores
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