My girls were sent home from school on a Friday last March, with the intention to be "back to normal" in a few short weeks. That obviously didn't happen! As the weeks stretched to months, our school community made the transition as easy and supportive as possible. We were offered laptops or tablets to keep learning and stay connected to teachers and friends. We were able to pick up grab-and-go breakfast and lunch every week to keep eating healthy meals. My job became remote and I was able to keep working from home.
1 out of 4 children in rural America are living in poverty. Many of them don't know where their next meal will come from. Many more face racial inequity. Still more don't have books in their home - or access to the internet. And while the Coronavirus pandemic hasn't caused any of the issues faced by these families, it's very likely to have made them worse.