Most of our 7th graders are like second semester beginning students, and our 8th graders seem to not have lost as much from what I've seen. I'm steeling myself for a group of kids like we had to finish getting through the high school program when I first got to this school. They had started with a really weak teacher and it showed... Probably 6-7 years to run these kids through. I think they can catch up some, but this year isn't just about the lost instruction - there's definitely some psychological changes in everything.
I'm hoping by the end of the year we can at least get the 6th graders mostly caught up though. Waiting to see what happens the next couple weeks with cases after Thanksgiving. That might be the death knell to ever catching them up if we end up virtual again.
Only real bright light for us is HS band started in August and we've managed to operate mostly interruption free. (Other than a couple kids here and there) I feel more accomplished with the kids earning that Superior this year than I have in a lot of past years. I was glad that no matter what may happen between now and the 12th when we're supposed to have Area, they at least got some musical closure to the year!
Hang in there, we're all in this together, and we'll get through this! Stay healthy!