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Schools wrestle with fairness of closures during outbreak

 

Last updated 3/13/2020 at 3:39am

In this March 6, photo, a classroom is seen vacant through a window at Saint Raphael Academy in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, as the school remains closed following a confirmed case of the coronavirus. As a growing number of schools around the country close their doors because of the new coronavirus, they are confronted with the dilemma of whether to move classes online and run the risk of leaving behind the many students who don't have internet or computers at home, or parents with flexible work schedule. AP photo/David Goldman photo

Michelle R. Smith and Collin Binkley

The Associated Press

When the new coronavirus surfaced at Saint Raphael Academy after a school group returned from a trip to Italy, officials decided to close the Rhode Island Catholic high school for two weeks.

Instead of canceling classes, the school in Pawtucket instituted "virtual days" where students are expected to work from home, check for assignments through an online portal and occasionally chat with teachers.

A few miles away, a public charter school also closed after a teacher who attended the same Italy trip awaited test results. But at A...



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