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COVID-19: Community Voices

Students and parents open up about life and learning while schools are closed during the coronavirus pandemic.

April 27, 2020

The TFA Editorial Team

The TFA Editorial Team

With schools closed across the country because of the COVID-19 outbreak, families are being forced to adapt to challenges few could have planned for. For many students, school has moved online or to other distance-learning models, while others are left without school for the time being. Parents, meanwhile, must adapt to new economic uncertainties and, often, homeschooling their children. With so much change happening so quickly, we are checking in with regularly with students and their parents or guardians to hear how they are coping with these challenges and adjusting to their new normal.

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Online School, Long Naps, and Lots of Homework

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Young Boy Writing

Nothing Feels Normal Anymore

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Teach For America student Rosie Molina

So Many Missed Milestones for High School Seniors

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Aaliyah working on computer

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Teach For America corps member Katie Bellah with her family at the park

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Teach For America student and high school senior Emma Logan

This Family Has Quickly Adapted to a New Routine

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Fourth Grader Judah at Computer

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Teach For America alum Rob Garza

Enjoying Time Together, Despite This 'Nightmare'

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Student Beamber Davis

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a student engaging in online school because of the coronavirus school closings