With some families so remote they lack access to reliable connections, rural schools have reached students with lessons on USB drives and more while “bracing for the worst.”
Editor’s note: This is part of a four-part series on the challenges schools are facing during the pandemic trying to advance marginalized students and the creative ways they are trying to teach them online and in-person.
In the hour she has between remote classes, Jackelin Escalante Macias’ younger brother steps into her room to ask if she has lunch prepared for her five siblings.
“When the pandemic hit, I had to do my own schoolwork and make sure my siblings don’t fall behind,” said Escalante Macias, who lives in a rural part of Northern Oregon. “They used to get help from teachers, but now it’s a bit more challenging.”
These days, her schedule orbits closely around her brothers and sisters — she only starts her day’s remote classes after making sure they’ve had breakfast and charged their laptops, and completes her schoolwork once they’ve gone to bed at night.
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