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Because they are not in the same room with students, teachers are striving to find new ways to keep their attention in class and push them to do schoolwork. Teachers at KIPP Indy Legacy High School are among thousands in the U.S. leading classes over video this fall. Without the daily interactions in classrooms and halls that help them get to know students, they are spending the first weeks of school building relationships. Because they are not in the same room with students, teachers strive to find new ways to keep their attention in class and push them to do schoolwork. Because they are not in the same room with students, teachers are striving to find new ways to keep their attention in class.
Educators must do more than muddle through remote learning at Legacy. The stakes are too high to let hardship derail high school even during a pandemic. But it’s not easy. The coronavirus has upended students’ lives and education. While going to class virtually, they also look after younger siblings, working jobs, and dealing with illnesses in their families.
Over the coming months, Chalkbeat will follow how the pandemic is changing life for students, families, and educators at Legacy in Martindale-Brightwood, a predominantly Black neighborhood northeast of downtown. The high school, which currently has students in ninth and 10th grades, began the year entirely online. Leaders are expected to decide in the coming days whether to bring students back in person next month.
As negotiations over the next round of COVID-19 relief remained stalled on Capitol Hill, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said Thursday that she is hopeful the final package will include funding for two programs that would provide public funds and tax credits to allow families to send their children to private schools.