It can both be true that it is necessary for schools to close for the rest of the year because our public health crisis *and* that these closures may have long term detrimental impacts on both the personal lives and academic trajectories of some of our most vulnerable students.
I'm thinking about all of the students who have no access to the internet at home, who are responsible for taking care of their siblings while their parents work essential jobs, and whose access to any academic resources are largely contingent on being inside of school.
We know now that having hundreds or thousands of kids inside a school building would cause the virus to spread exponentially, but that also doesn't erase the fact that the young ppl who will be most impacted by months-long closures are those who are already struggling the most.
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