Education, Homeless Children, COVID-19
Updated: Apr 3, 2020
The homeless are one important population in the U.S. often cast to the margins of society, whose needs and concerns are silenced and rendered invisible.
Students in homeless families and homeless shelters are subject to unique challenges as it relates to the recent shifts towards remote, virtual learning.
When reliable Internet access - or any Internet access, for that matter - is unavailable, homeless students suffer from another layer of challenge not present for their more fortunate and well-resourced counterparts.
According to the New York City Department of Social Services, most of the 450 shelters for families do not have Internet access that those living within these residences may use.
Additionally, students must have access to a technological device for remote learning in the first place.
While remote learning continues, disadvantaged students without adequate technological resources will be left behind.
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