When lockdowns to slow the spread of COVID-19 first swept through the United States in early March, schools quickly shut down and pivoted to with little time to prepare. Many hoped it would be a temporary situation and looked forward to a return to normalcy in the fall.
Now, about six months into the pandemic, the beginning of a new school year has created a web of difficult decisions for school systems, parents, teachers and students.
In many parts of the country, the experiments are already playing out in real time. Many colleges have reverted to online-only classes after outbreaks. School districts have delayed openings, closed campuses after cases flared up, or decided to begin the year virtually. Parents have created homeschooling "pods" as an alternative to sending their kids to school. Lower-income students are struggling to access the technology needed to attend online schooling.
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