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  • What Homeless Students Have to Deal With to Go to School During COVID

    Oct 14, 2020

    10.14.2020 | VICE | Randi Levine, policy director at Advocates for Children of New York, said it’s unclear how many of New York City’s roughly 114,000 homeless kids just stopped regularly showing up for school due to the COVID-19 pandemic… “The dropout rate was already high, and there’s a concern about whether that increases,” Levine said. 

    Levine’s organization has heard about instances of New York City’s homeless children falling behind or losing critical skills during online learning. Although the city worked out iPads and T-Mobile hotspots for homeless students, attorneys noted in a recent letter to the city’s departments of education and homeless services that shelters often fall in cellular “dead zones.” … One older homeless girl even stopped eating during the distress caused by remote learning, Levine said. School was a haven for her. That goes to show that children will need intensive support—including emotional support—once they return to school, according to Levine. How that will be accomplished when New York City is in an economic crisis, she said, is unclear. Read article