School closings and the needs of low-income children

The CDC is telling parents, “You should think about what you would do for child care if schools or day cares closed.” For low-income and housing insecure students, a prolonged school closing can be especially harmful.

While schools cannot do everything, even just raising the issue with other government agencies and community service organizations may identify options for students with nutrition assistance and emergency housing needs during a closure. Look at encouraging parents, if they are comfortable, to reach out to their neighbors during a closure. Small steps are better than no steps at all.

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