As Bay Area schools kick off distance learning, attendance raises equity questions
Source: Mercury News
During the first week of distance learning at Summit Rainier in East San Jose, 10 of Gwindale Person’s 24 special education students didn’t log on to Zoom.
She peppered the kids and their families with calls, texts and emails, along with the help of administrators. Two weeks later, that number has slowly dwindled to two students who have proved hard to reach.
Across the state, school closures in the wake of COVID-19 have raised alarm bells for parents — but most significantly among low-income and families of color. A recent survey from the Education Trust–West, which polled 1,200 parents of California public school students, found that about 40% of low-income families across the state lack Internet access at home.