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Aurora mom worries about learning loss as she prepares for a deployment with National Guard

Aurora mom worries about learning loss as she prepares for a deployment with National Guard
Posted at 7:15 AM, Feb 16, 2021

An Aurora mom who has spent much of her year advocating for in-person learning will have to pass the torch to other parents. Over the weekend, Christina Buckley was deployed with the Colorado Army National Guard for a year-long mission in the Middle East.

Buckley works as a mechanic with the medevac unit.

"What I’m doing is important and I’m thrilled to be doing it. It’s just awful timing,” she said.

On Tuesday, Aurora Public Schools returned elementary students to four days a week in-person and secondary students to a hybrid model. Buckley said she worries that secondary students still aren’t receiving enough in-person instruction. She said she is also worried about how the district will address learning loss, something she’s seen first-hand with her 7-year-old son, Blake.

Buckley said she hopes other parents will continue to advocate for kids into the next school year to address these concerns.

“Hopefully the fight isn’t to get them back in school, but just advocating the help they need to recover, socially emotionally and academically,” Buckley said.