Port Arthur education leaders talk campus return need – Port Arthur News – The Port Arthur News

Two of Port Arthur’s leading educators are advocating quite strongly for in-person instruction with eyes on a basic return to normalcy that each said is essential.

Dr. Mark Porterie, Port Arthur Independent School District superintendent, said March 16, 2020, marked a “forever change” in the way teachers educate children.

Most schools at all levels introduced some form of or completely switched to remote education due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a process many are struggling to come back from.

“When the doors closed for what we thought would be a couple of weeks, never would we have imagined 14 months later our education system would still be divided,” Porterie said. “Data shows virtual learning and the social effects of the pandemic are detrimental to the young lives across our world. For years we have known the brick-and-mortar school buildings meant more than receiving just a textbook education.”

U.S. Rep Randy Weber (R-Pearland), right, speaks to attendees following Thursday’s Pathways to Success luncheon at the Carl A. Parker Multipurpose Center in Port Arthur. (Stephen Hemelt/The News)

Porterie said the disconnect between schools and students is causing a learning loss, anxiety and depression “for a large percentage of our children.”

Porterie’s remarks were made Thursday at the Carl A. Parker Multipurpose Center during the