As Learning Moves Online, Coatesville School District Works to ‘Mitigate Socioeconomic Divide’

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After the COVID-19 pandemic forced classes to move online, the Coatesville Area School District is still working on getting all of its students to follow, write Maddie Hanna and Kristen Graham for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Around 15 percent of the district’s more than 5,700 students are still unaccounted for, weeks after the cancellation of in-person classes.

“Our No. 1 concern is making connections with students and families,” said Superintendent Richard Dunlap.

The district has been working on identifying reasons why some students are not able to log in. For those who do not have wireless Internet access, the district has been visiting their homes to set up the required technology.

“If ever there’s a chance where the socioeconomic divide will widen, it’s in this environment,” said Dunlap. “And we’re trying to mitigate that as best as we can.”

In addition to wireless Internet access, the district is also providing meals for students in need.

Read more about the Coatesville Area School District in The Philadelphia Inquirer here.