The level of missed formal education due to COVID-19 is no doubt a concern for families. It is therefore understandable why some might think of using summer vacation to "make up" some of this perceived lack of learning.
This article from the Washington Post, with research from the University of Reading, highlights why it is so important to NOT spend long days in the classroom and why summer vacations should not be impacted.
As Helen Dodd, Professor of Child Psychology at the University of Reading, states:
”As part of the recovery process, children need time to reconnect and play with their friends, they need to be reminded how good it feels to be outdoors after so long inside and they need to get physically active again. There is understandable concern about children’s education but the impact of mental health problems in childhood can be lifelong.”