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After Enrollment Dips, US Public Schools Hope for Fall Rebound
"Public school districts that lost enrollment during the pandemic are looking to the fall to see how many family stick with the education choices they made over the last year enrollment in public preschool to twelfth grade dropped by two point six percent across forty one states last fall an analysis by Chalkbeat and the Associated Press found that enrollment declines very by students race and ethnicity more than four percent among white students and one point five percent among Hispanic students sustained drops in enrollment could ship the demographics of America's public schools if enrollment doesn't recover public schools that lose students could eventually see funding cuts researchers are tracking demographics to see who returns and in Roman ships will carry longer term implications I'm Jennifer king
"chalkbeat" Discussed on AP News
"A new survey of the largest school districts ranging from urban to rural found a racial divide between which schools are starting online and which are offering some in person instruction the Associated Press in Chalkbeat surveyed 677 school districts and found that schools where the vast majority of students were white are more than 3 times as likely as school districts that enroll mostly students of color to be opened for some in person learning the survey which covered 13000000 students found that most will begin the school year online race was a strong predictor of which public schools were offering in person instruction and which weren't parents worry that continue distance learning can raise the risk their students will fall behind Jennifer king Washington the 911 anniversary has brought the 2 presidential candidates the closest they've been in months and showed off their dramatically different styles at the flight 93 memorial in Shanksville Pennsylvania where 40 passengers brought down the hijacked plane president trump proclaimed America's might no matter the odds Erica will always rise up stand tall and fight back hours later when one democratic challenger Joe Biden greeted families of those killed on the plane the 2 candidates did not meet but by the end did share a moment earlier with his vice presidential successor in elbow bump with Mike pence said new York's ground 0 a rare moment of detente in a nasty campaign Sager made Ghani Washington
Trump, Biden marking 9/11 with very different tones
"A the nine new survey eleven anniversary of the largest has school brought districts the two ranging presidential from urban candidates to rural the closest found they've a racial been divide in months between which and schools showed are off starting their dramatically online different and which are offering styles some in person at instruction the flight ninety three the memorial Associated in Press Shanksville in Chalkbeat Pennsylvania surveyed six where forty hundred and seventy passengers seven brought school down districts the hijacked and found plane that schools president where the vast trump majority proclaimed of students America's were might white no matter are more the than odds three times as likely as Erica school will districts always that rise enroll mostly up students stand of color tall to be opened and fight for some back in person hours learning later the survey when which covered thirteen million students one found that most democratic will begin challenger the school year online Joe Biden greeted race was families a strong predictor of those killed of on which the plane public schools the two were offering candidates in person did instruction not meet and but which by weren't the end parents did share worry a that moment continue earlier distance with learning his can vice raise presidential the risk their successor students will fall behind in elbow bump Jennifer with king Mike Washington pence said new York's ground zero a rare moment of detente in a nasty campaign Sager made Ghani Washington
"chalkbeat" Discussed on AP News
"A new survey of the largest school districts ranging from urban to rural found a racial divide between which schools are starting online and which are offering some in person instruction the Associated Press in Chalkbeat surveyed 677 school districts and found that schools where the vast majority of students were white are more than 3 times as likely as school districts that enroll mostly students of color to be opened for some in person learning the survey which covered 13000000 students found that most will begin the school year online race was a strong predictor of which public schools were offering in person instruction and which weren't parents worry that continue distance learning can raise the risk their students will fall behind Jennifer king Washington
Schools that are mostly Black, Latino favor starting online
"A new survey of the largest school districts ranging from urban to rural found a racial divide between which schools are starting online and which are offering some in person instruction the Associated Press in Chalkbeat surveyed six hundred and seventy seven school districts and found that schools where the vast majority of students were white are more than three times as likely as school districts that enroll mostly students of color to be opened for some in person learning the survey which covered thirteen million students found that most will begin the school year online race was a strong predictor of which public schools were offering in person instruction and which weren't parents worry that continue distance learning can raise the risk their students will fall behind Jennifer king Washington
"chalkbeat" Discussed on WGN Radio
"David this is key hi good doing good how are you I'm doing very well thank you thanks so much for calling so I asked what do you think how many times do you think the average American checks their cell phone throughout the day I would just be nineteen ninety nine you are so close I'm going to give it to you you're way too close okay so sorry you don't win anything except the big goal resolution well well well well take it this is according to a study base stat in nineteen twenty nineteen by a company called a sherry in and it said that as Americans check their phones ninety six times a day so that's an average style getting they're lumping everybody you know the high volume users with the people that you know barely use our cell phone so you got very close it says ninety six you said ninety nine so thank you so much for guessing well thanks for having me having your show I really like it all thank you so much and you have a good day it's doing well hang in there okay well thanks David for calling Preciado okay thank you correct okay so the reason why I was saying and asking about cell phones and how many times you check it today it's because if you're touching your phone around ninety six times a day it is highly recommended by health professionals that you wipe your phone disinfect your phone multiple times a day to stay safe from covert nineteen and of course producer jasmine has been doing this since long before the pandemic so I just wanted to bring that up to say yes you are right here thank you thank you they're always right there let me go ahead and take off my crown thank you thank you to everybody yes yes you are queen jasmine for the day there we go all right of course I we heard and big ones newscast at the top of the hour that does big news today is that the Chicago board of education decided in a very close vote actually that they were going to keep the program of having police well the contract of having police in schools and to tell us more in depth about it and she's been covering this since the very beginning we have a reporter from Chalkbeat Chicago Jana Kurdish off and she's going to be me she can fill us in on everything and since the very beginning hi ana how are you hi good good thanks how are you doing doing well so my goodness so let's just talk about what happened today at the board of education meeting yeah it was really interesting J. M. despite our bare Lightfoot being firmly against whom the police officers in schools and school leadership being against that two board members put forward a motion at Holly but the termination of a contract between the Chicago police department Chicago public schools and then it's a really unusually close vote the measure failed mmhm and the vote was basically it was a forty three yeah it was it was really really close for distance at all the big thing to understand is that actually this is not the last time that board members are going to have a chance to vote on this because the contract is actually up for renewal the summer righted July or August again the question will ask the question will come up before the board for a second time okay so can you explain then Jana how it even came up this time around like how did this stand come before the board this motion yeah definitely so as the at the protest against the killing of towards Florida Minneapolis grew out of the school board I'm sorry yeah the school board Indianapolis decided that they wanted to sever their relationship with school to beach so they went ahead and voted at the lectern school board there they would have voted and I did he added that contract and took back kind of started a post for sort of set the tone for a lot of other cities where organizers have been saying that they want please out of school for a long time Chicago I think that call has been around longer than a decade but I haven't really been any traction but suddenly he these massive protests they were like maybe this is the way to get this done finishing cargo organized excited ramping up around that people were holding rallies like understated there be one on the north side and one on the south bank led by young people a lot of performers yes you did and then in response to some of that two board members are prepared to put forward the motion because apple support originally signed the contract they kind of have to make a final order each make that decision and can you tell us a little bit about the board can you tell us a little bit about the members do you know anything a little bit about their background the ones I voted for it and the ones that voted against it yeah definitely so this is an interesting story and it has more people who have backgrounds as teachers well the recipient's parent than the average school board so when there like a point that the board it was kind of to someone who ran as a progressive so this is what will be moved to stay here these folks who are actually kind of connected to real community issues in Chicago that said for the most part they voted in favor we are kind of in line with what the district has put forward even on controversial proposals so when that contract was first put forward last August with the proposed it in person voted in favor except for a little bit tight the lead who is a longtime education professor at you I see it offers parents so she put for the motion today with a Negro who is the former principal national teachers academy which is a school in the south loop and herself with the teacher and then other folks who think around education what we gathered by a former state senator who I'm also mayoral candidate he supports president spends over at Lurie is.
"chalkbeat" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"Our conversation with remote I mean reporter for Chalkbeat and Erin Phillips to work in the CEO of the national summer learning association we've been talking about how covert nineteen has affected public summer youth programs throughout the country and Remus been talking to some of the providers of these summer programs here in New York the mayor has announced that after after a lot of public pressure that they are going to find some funding sources for both S. Y. E. P. the summer youth employment program as well as these day camps the subsidized day camps so providers are basically in the situation now where they have a sense that there is going to be some funding coming in but there's no sense of how much that's going to be so you know in terms of the day camps at those providers are having to tell their folks who work on these programs that Hey come June thirtieth which is the end of the fiscal year here that we might have to lay you off we might have to furlough you or we might have to you know new York's biggest after school provider New York edge recently told seventeen hundred employees that they're gonna be moving to a two day work week starting June twenty ninth so that the issue there comes that you might have employees who decide Hey for me and my family it's better that I quit this job and try to search for something else or maybe I can you know devote my energy elsewhere maybe find other work this makes it tough for providers to plan for the summer because a they don't know how much money they're getting if any at all and B. they might be losing the very workers who would help them make programs and program options for kids you know when the funding comes and so it's sort of this big question mark Erin one thing that often gets lost in the conversation when we talk about of education and school for low income folks is that a lot of people many low income families throughout the country rely on not only the the facility but also the subsidized or free meal programs that continue often throughout the summer do you know if food scarcity is going to be a problem for some children and their families if the summer programs are not available this summer yes hunger nutrition issues over the summer our our major areas of concern that a lot of folks are dressing and groups like No kid hungry food research action council but they say that research shows that only one in seven youth that are eligible during the school year for free and reduced lunches are meals actually are in programs that can access them in the summer and so it's already a problem and now you'll have less programs so there I will to the credit of the federal government they're creating a lot of waivers and flexibility now you don't have to be in a program to access the meals for the pick up and there's a lot of focus on this in as much flexibility as possible but it's a huge concern because those programs typically are where a lot of young people get two to three meals a day another thing that's come up in the conversation of parenting in a cove it world is the question of child care we saw so many parents wealthy and not wealthy people were just struggling to get through distance learning online learning partly because their child care had been taken away the schools also represented an opportunity for folks to have their kids somewhere else while they went to work but many of the basic child care that many parents were used to was also taken away reminder summer programs provide that child care what's going to happen to low income families this summer who don't have that yes this is a really important point for providers and families alike I just talked to a mother yesterday she is raising two middle school son sixth grade and seventh grade on our own she's a widow and she was recently laid off from the city job and so she was hurt her kids have been participating in an after school program provided by New York edge and she was looking to the summer program as a way for her sons yeah continue meeting you know meeting your kids they're sort of new to the area they live in Brooklyn that that was going to be something that she was sort of going to lean on while she searched for you work while she got things done during the day that she needed to for her family and and now that sort of in limbo and I I think you know providers I've talked to have said that they serve literally thousands of low income families and the one big concern now is that New York City is slowly starting to go through these re opening phases where different businesses are reopening and as families who have been potentially out of work for months are going back out doing work they're gonna need some sort of child care that they can at least you know not have to pay for for at least part of the day and not having access to these programs could could really hurt that Erin I am loath to ask you a question that is going to add even more work to what parents particularly low income parents are going to deal with the summer but I've gotta ask are there any suggestions for parents who won't have access to summer programs for their kids this year how do you I mean I'm thinking I grew up in public housing those apartments are small they're dense they're hot and I just can't imagine you know not having some outlet for that so what can parents do this summer and there are a lot of resources for parents and a lot of groups are are trying to make those available for free I don't unfortunately digital divide issues are are are still significant but if if you have access to a computer you have access to the internet there are a lot of free curriculum out there and I think our recommendations are yeah first we have to take care of their health and there's a lot of trauma going on and if you just do something that both will keep them physically active are on the nutrition side and also social mostly like checking with them there's a lot of curriculum from Sanford harmony that's free and castle that's free and we have a lot of resources on our website summer learning dot org to make sure they get ready for school we can't use.
"chalkbeat" Discussed on WGN Radio
"Here's three one two nine eight one seventy two hundred wondering how you're doing have you had out there have you been out dining alfresco of course I know that the big talker today has been about the movement more older men are saying that they want cops out of CPS schools that's been something that we've discussed this week as well know that that is a movement to that time is continuing as the alderman several of them plan to file an ordinance seeking removal of police from Chicago public schools into that real conscious that had an interview with alderman Carlos Ramirez Rosa as well who is one of the older men that hopes to see this ordinance the route so if you have one of discuss that a little bit more of course that we had the bureau chief from Chalkbeat Chicago on yesterday to talk about sort of how school might look differently come fall and that they were sticking to a date and of course as soon as that happened it turns out that the teachers union says students shouldn't be pushed back into schools despite the fact the CPS that CEO Janice Jackson said on Friday in a community message that the district stolen developing draft guidelines but they want to remain committed to the new school year commencing on September eighth the day after Labor Day so that discussion is still ongoing so that's been going on as well of course bars are going to be opening tomorrow breweries bars taverns of course the world has been that you have to have food service in order to open but that it's going to be lifted and of course a lot of breweries that are struggling and bars that are struggling you know that's what every neighborhood has a neighborhood bar as long as they got outdoor seating or they have a wall that has one of those garage doors or is at least fifty percent all windows that's going to be happening to health safer you get a feel you know going out I don't think you would be able to sit at a bar because I don't picture a bar being close enough to a wall per se of windows but I mean would you sit outside and have a beer at plenty of breweries actually that have really nice outdoor space so yeah count me and I'm gonna be one of those however today I did go out so I've been going out for lunch because obviously I can go out for dinner so just been going out to grab some lunch for that places that have have a little mom and pop shops that have little outdoors spaces sometimes it's just tables out on the sidewalk and making sure that I'm nowhere close to anyone that at least six feet away from whoever's near me like on the sidewalk on the patio and today you know so far it's been really good I've noticed extreme care in terms of wearing mask and all of the P. P. E. equipment and everything but today I noticed a couple of lapses I went into just a little deli not gonna stay which Delhi but I noticed that several of the people working the counter on the making the food sometimes would lower their mask in order to talk to me and then I kept thinking about every time we have a doctor on the show reminding us that you know that's the most important time you know don't lower your mask below your nose or your nostrils and also lower your mascot to talk to people because that's when you know your state is getting aerosolized or whatever's happening the droplets are going out there because that's when were you know if your sneezing you're talking that's when the spittle is fine potentially so anyway that was happening today I was like oh no please I hope that doesn't happen above my sandwich in my soup that are ordered by time yeah I did notice that so a lot of lowering of the mask while there were customers in the deli and so that way they could talk to each other which I understand because it's so it's so natural to kind of talk under the mask because you feel like you can't really hear you can't really project what you're saying because the mask is kind of disguising what you're saying so anyway that was what I experienced today I don't know if your experiences have been a little bit differently but so far it's been great I mean restaurants have been following this to a tee when I've been out and dining outside or dining close to like you know an open window but today was my first day that I kind of experienced oh boy I don't know that they're doing him I don't know they're being completely sanitary about what's happening so I don't know if you've noticed anything like that okay so you know that I love uber and left and right share because I don't own a car and I rely so heavily on ride share especially if I don't feel comfortable taking the CTA sometimes they do sometimes they don't depending depending on my time as well but I have to share this story I don't know if you've heard this yet but there was an uber driver that was very upset over something that happened in the backseat of his car I'm curious if you've heard the story or if you can guess what you think happened in the backseat of his car it happened here was a local story happened here in Chicago what do you think happened in the backseat of the super driver that upset him so very much go ahead and send in your guess is three one two nine eight one seventy two hundred a lot more coming up that that's the sound of someone at Papa Murphy's using fresh ingredients to make your.
"chalkbeat" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"When last we left axle she just found the migrant caravan was headed north towards U. S. Mexico border so Axel headed toward Mexico City along with the other migrants he took Levi's number and said he would call if you needed anything sorry I was in my I was in my living room when the phone rang it was actually kind of late at night and I was like this is really strange I think it's like one in the morning yeah I mean I can hear you how you doing axle actually made it to the U. S. but he never made it to his kids he explained to Levi but he was detained in Texas by border patrol and deported all the way back to Guatemala City that meant he had to start his journey to New York all over again from the beginning walking from the Guatemala Mexico border to the jungle but as he made his way through the thick branches he tripped and busted his knee it was just so yes they will not accept any like something's going axle managed to make it to a town called Chalkbeat that he slept in an abandoned shack and hobbled into town each day to fix cellphones in exchange for rent.
"chalkbeat" Discussed on KQED Radio
"Out on simple it was one of ours they wouldn't own site a real interview in person I can see all of the media but it's okay and yeah so you're missing out on an amazing girl with great ideas that's open to the world of critical thinker and missing out on so much and that's just a rumor Sara Ali brown story was produced by ani on CDS quartets special thanks reporter Caitlin bell shove Chalkbeat first wrote about zero it turns out that Sears charter school is closing next month and won't reopen so she'll have to start her senior year in school there is a bright spot after the Chalkbeat story came out in the lead private school offered Serret mission success we're also releasing see our story as a comic as part of a series were calling in vulnerable it's all about equity at the time of pandemic we're partnering with the online publication the native and artist T. believe new episodes are rolling out every Monday on our Instagram feed you can find us on Instagram at reveal news the school closures came without warning it was the most amusing moment I've had in education by far one teacher who's trying to hold it all together for her students that's next one revealed.
"chalkbeat" Discussed on KLIF 570 AM
"The burning and I said why is this happening now is there any relationship I always try to put pieces together I was a puzzle maker model maker is a little boy I was trying to piece things together I I don't like chaos I like order when I was a little boy I had to perish shoes I line them up on the my little bed and they had to be next to each other in an order they were polished and under my bed I liked what I own to be in order and clean and I like my life to be orderly and clean the best I can make it especially the more chaotic the world gets the more I need to make my world orderly so I ask myself a stupid question awaiting it kind of makes no sense what the heck the server would have to do with the riots going on in America right now and I truthfully I don't have an answer if this is a celebration of when god gave the ten commandments to mankind that we're now living in a godless world it's like I listen Gaza the Huxley title they were eyeless in Gaza were wandering around blind blind to what's going on in this promised land every one of those dogs riding in the streets is living in the promised land every last one of them is living in the promised land everyone of them every one of them has more food than they know what to eat and such they can make anything they want out of their lives to a certain extent and they could drive rip themselves up out of poverty if they applied themselves by a life for themselves and instead the vermin in the media teach them to hate to burn Chalkbeat and to riot that's what they do so what's the answer what is religion have to do with the riots in the thugs I think the answer is an exodus and you can look at anywhere you want if a man smite the eye of his bond and you may know that one that's a good one it comes down to an eye for an eye by the way and I friend I say well that's what the writers are doing it's an eye for an eye notice not no the are you for an onsite lesson here is that the homicidal maniac cop will be tried according to the laws of the land and he shall be found guilty now you may say well we'll get the death sentence not in liberal Minnesota but blame yourself for that not me I'm the one who believes in death penalty is up to me I'd given that I would try and under the law that would result in a death penalty by the way I know some of you say that never happened but you could look in an eye for an eye and I for a night got to take a break join those savage nation call now eight five five four hundred savage eight five five four.
"chalkbeat" Discussed on KSFO-AM
"The burning and I said why is this happening now is there any relationship I always try to put pieces together I was a puzzle maker model maker is a little boy I was trying to piece things together right I don't like chaos I like order when I was a little boy I had to perish shoes I lined them up on the my little bed and they had to be next to each other in an order they were polished and under my bed I liked what I own to be in order and clean and I like my life to be orderly and clean the best I can make it especially the more chaotic the world gets the more I need to make my world orderly so I ask myself a stupid question awaiting it kind of makes no sense what the heck the shovel would have to do with the riots going on in America right now and I truthfully I don't have an answer if this is a celebration of when god gave the ten commandments to mankind that we're now living in a godless world it's like I listen Gaza the Huxley title they were eyeless in Gaza were wandering around blind blind to what's going on in this promised land everyone of those thugs riding in the streets is living in the promised land every last one of them is living in the promised land everyone in the every one of them has more food than they know what to eat and such they can make anything they want out of their lives to a certain extent and they could drive rip themselves up out of poverty if they applied themselves by a life for themselves and instead the vermin in the media teach them to hate to burn Chalkbeat and to riot that's what they do so what's the answer what is religion have to do with the riots and the thugs I think the answer is an exodus and you can look at it anyway you want if a man smite the eye of his bond and you may know that one that's a good one it comes down to an eye for an eye by the way and I friend I say well that's what the writers are doing it's an eye for an eye notice not no the are you for an onsite lesson here is that the homicidal maniac cop will be tried according to the laws of the land and he shall be found guilty now you may say well we'll get the death sentence not in liberal Minnesota but blame yourself for that not me I'm the one who believes in death penalty is up to me I didn't I would try and under the law that would result in a death penalty by the way I know some of you say that never happened but you could look in an eye for an eye and I for night got to take a break join those savage nation call now eight five five four hundred savage eight five five four hundred.
"chalkbeat" Discussed on WGN Radio
"Council one twenty you're on WG and we were talking about masks and wearing them how they can get uncomfortable A. one five my mom works at Jewell at the deli she has to pull the mask down below her nose when trying chickens because it just gets too hot people still complain though I can see well that would be they won five also says Pete get a life because you wear a mask all the time I think that's fair that's a little too much let's read this though until about this and then we'll move on talk about schools and what things may look like as when if and when and they re open summer schools as you might have heard cal state twenty three colleges not re opening in the fall the first semester they say they will not re open but that's not been a decision we made here they're still educators are still looking at what looks like Heidi may eighth were to talk to Chalkbeat the bureau chief from Chicago in just a minute here but to the weather with no what did Tom skill a watch forecasts from Chicago's most trusted meteorologist that's Tom skilling nights on WGN TV all right intentional parents of twenty twenty grads they're robbed of a ceremony there won't be a party parties with family and stuff isn't celebrations and all that kind of stuff and proms nothing like that unless they're all virtual but Krispy Kreme is coming to you they're giving away free graduate dozen doughnuts to any high school graduates the the free specialty your cap and gown or any class of twenty twenty gear and then yeah you visit there a participating Krispy Kreme's across the United States melco OB I guess we'll deliver curbside Fauria so that's you got that going for you know if that's quite the sub stupid it'll help and helps them nice some donuts right let's talk to Cassie Walker Burke she is the bureau chief Chalkbeat beat Chicago because so many Cassie for anybody the kids were in school parents are wondering what's going to happen here about schools re opening across the state of Illinois and I think one by one they're trying to work through all of the issues what are you hearing about the opportunities to make school and class safe for the fall opening we're hearing a lot but nothing definite unfortunately for parents who are trying to plan what we know right now is that summer school will definitely be virtual in the state of Illinois the state school board has that summer school is virtual but after the fall we're hearing lightly different messages but it does seem like number one a decision has not been made and number Q. school could look very different so that could mean some grades go certain days that they don't go other great they don't go other dates for example or school could what A. M. and PM so I think that parents should consider thank you to start to get their head around the idea that Paul could look very different for kids in Illinois yeah when I saw that cal state announcement about them just canceling and we are there it is canceling is the wrong word they're doing virtual classes so they're doing the in person stuff is happening those universality is in university and you gotta think as we move forward here what when's the deadline when they really would have to make that decision I don't know is that mid summer time can you wait that long before you decide when you think that they would they would need to either say Hey we're going to switch entirely to virtual learning or we're gonna do something like you said like very the days they show up or something like that I think they're going to wait as long as they possibly can the mayor of Chicago Lori Lightfoot had said that it's her goal to reopen schools and Paul and I think that thinking about some of the concerns and some of the reasons why that you know with that she's saying that why the governor has has said schools should start thinking about different different scenarios but that he's not ready to call it and and the real concern I mean colder places work hit a lot of children especially low income low income children get meals security advocates I I think they're they're really worried at especially about learning losses and the predictions of the that that the beer garden lots of that we're gonna see and so with a lot of concern the balance here we don't think we're gonna see anything certain on this point for a little while now how are you hearing about how E. learning is going it because me personally for me it just feels as if you're sometimes were missing zoom because it there's a lot to manage I only have one child and I feel like parents before or or or just young children in particular in you're just you're just sort of scrambling to get all that stuff right I mean you you feel like you need all these codes and yet plug them in at the right time and schedule everything and you know you're doing your best but it's it's been a challenge on the say that and that's what teachers who are amazing at what they're the creating the curriculum and doing everything and providing great learning materials for kids I I have four kids so I can sympathize with the old very feel that perspective for a day you know it it's so individual we've heard we've heard that entire spectrum of things for some families who have strong internet connections who are organized to their parents are able to spend time with the kids remote learning is going okay for some families we haven't heard from their school everything for and that's why gambit I I think a lot of parents recognize a lot of parents that I've spoken to personally recognize that their teachers are trying really hard and that sometimes there are things that happen right or maybe the it's hard to keep the child okay officially with younger children and so I I think it's really a challenge for every family out there but the challenges are really the beer for some families and I think that's where we're seeing a Chicago in other districts really think a lot of money and Q. how do we get devices to people quickly how do we try to address broadband issues because for some families that struggle to connect that that that's a that's a really big deal yeah and I give them a lot of credit because right out front you saw that happen with the person donations that came in from private donors to get somebody to get broadband up and running in neighborhoods where they didn't have great connection rates they got devices pretty quickly into that they made available something like forty thousand of them into the hands of CPS students and trying to get a bridge that divide so that that wasn't the barrier to learning and and that kind of thing I recognize there still are problems I also hear parents of kids with special needs those are the ones missing their teachers Jeez are all missing their teachers but think about that scenario for a second that that would be something that would be really tough I was raised that issue I think that's a really important issue Anna and that's definitely what we're hearing I I think that the the most critical needs that we're hearing are the families of children with disabilities the district in Chicago has said that as recently I think it was last week that they can start to have one to one meetings on video conferencing with that their therapists that they're there because they're set up to do those sorts of things with the teachers but some of that guidance didn't come until really recently do you think about children who have these individualized plans that have very particular needs and are their needs being that ninety but the story line we're going to continue to watch closely another story you are watching closely and I saw this on your site first Chalkbeat can you go to the Chicago tab on the cover education issues like no one else there really really just a wealth of information on millions of students are taking AP exams from home right now there been a couple of of issues with that but that that's happening I just stuff it's it's hard to imagine how how that goes how do they do the Wildcats you're talking about two point four million kids across the United States who have been working all year to take the exam and and it really matter because students who get a three or higher on the exam can get college credit and especially for kids are paying their way through college matters Amanda and the the College Board has that it's done everything it can to shorten the time of the cast from three hours down to forty five minutes you're talking at Illinois your time up you out of the kids who are fighting for the fact that the week on their home computers and they thought the collected on the first day to work with kids they said there was a relatively few perks about one percent of it though largely the College Board had an optimistic outlook we are next thing from student here but it seems like they're they're moving ahead this week with the path of a day yep and to moving ahead with virtual graduations and they're figuring that stuff out to we talked to one principal who said they each get a chance to walk across the stage present take like four days to get the whole class a picture within a social distance to make that happen I you know the people are getting very innovative in these times to try to you know give the kids as much as they can some semblance of normalcy that you know that they did achieve something they got to graduate there's even pandemic proms have you heard about those cats either holding them I'm V. as soon as possible yeah we have that there and people are getting so creative and anti I mean such a milestone that senior year all of those sorts of things such milestone for students they work really hard for them and they think that school leaders and district leaders are really trying to get creative here and in Chicago there's going to be in the in the bear has announced a virtual ceremony what at the commencement speaker which is pretty cool yes yes they're they're making it work somehow thank you Cassie we appreciate your time Cassie Walker Burke she's Chalkbeat Chicago bureau chief there thanks again C. we gonna get to the bottom of the hour news I wanna read this real quick eight one five my daughter was supposed to have eighth grade dance on Friday I'm hosting her friends for a photo op in the backyard we will be apart but the sounds like a lot of fun people make and making things happen somehow make it allowing these kids to see does sort of feel some sense of like social beaming be paying attention to them being social it's some it's tough but the keep up your right to keep and keep going with the ideas some will keep talking about him here on WG and it's one 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"During the pandemic one of the nation's top health officials says the centers for disease control and prevention will soon release step by step guidance on how local authorities can begin safely re opening their economies and peers Franco or don't yes reports that's not good enough for some lawmakers during a Senate hearing on restarting the economy democratic senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut press the director of the CDC Dr Robert Redfield to release its detailed plan to help these local groups and businesses reopen Murphy accused Redfield and other trump administration officials with providing quote criminally vague guidance to the states for reopening Connecticut in five days in ten days this guidance is going to be useful to us in two weeks so is it this week is a nationally when we gonna get this expertise from the federal government Redfield said he anticipated the CDC guidance would be posted soon Murphy's response soon isn't terribly helpful Franco or down yes NPR news the White House the judge presiding over the criminal case of president trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn is giving interested third parties time to file briefs in the case NPR's Ryan Lucas has more in a brief order U. S. district court judge Emmet Sullivan says due to the quote current posture in the Flynn case he's going to give outside groups and individuals a chance to file so called friend of the court briefs Solomon says he will provide a schedule for those at an appropriate time the order comes five days after the government move to drop its case against Flynn the former trump national security adviser pleaded guilty in twenty seventeen to lying to the FBI about his contacts with the Russian ambassador it is highly unusual for the justice department to seek to drop its prosecution of an individual who has pleaded guilty judge Sullivan does have a say in whether the case will indeed be dropped and his latest order suggests he is still in the process of making up his mind Ryan Lucas NPR news Washington Georgia state lawmakers are pushing for a hate crimes law after the killing of an unarmed black jogger in February two white men are charged in the murder of Armand are very Georgia public broadcasting's Emily Jones has more federal authorities are weighing whether hate crime charges apply in the shooting death of armory in February Georgia is one of four states without its own hate crime law I'm a bill has passed the state house but stalled in the Senate lawmakers now want to pass the bill and are hoping for support from Republican governor Brian Kemp Emily Jones reporting from Brunswick Georgia you're listening to NPR news and this is WNYC in New York on Shawn Carlson voters in more than two dozen New Jersey municipalities are casting ballots in the state's first ever election day being conducted entirely via mail in voting the races are strictly local men typically low turnout affairs with the largest election population wise being held in Newark for that city school board Chalkbeat reporter David both spoke with Newark voters she says many of them didn't receive their ballots or don't know where to address their ballot it's kind of a process is really near for a lot of them and I know the people I talk to you have brought up the primary in July and you know we're hoping that these concerns get addressed before that New Jersey governor Phil Murphy says he could make a decision this week on whether the state's July seventh presidential primary will allow for in person voting or be conducted entirely by mail New York City officials are trying to figure out how to allow restaurants and bars to use sidewalks and streets to serve customers that comes as the city edges toward re opening while maintaining social distancing at a virtual city council hearing yesterday transportation commissioner Polly tron Berg says she's been watching how other cities are managing and she believes New York you can do it it would be I think a wonderful way to help restaurants start to generate some business again and and bring some socially distance style life back to our streets she says next steps involve things like deciding what type of permitting is required nearly a dozen churches in minority neighborhoods will offer testing for covert nineteen starting today it's part of a state initiative to expand testing among communities of color who have been hit hardest by the coronavirus churches.
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"New Jersey yep down by the bank on the one I teach in New York I teach three K. three zero aha most read they're even doing three K. home learning yes yes absolutely it's important to keep up that continuity that we have in the classroom so what I do is every day I upload different videos every day making it one of me doing a few minutes of a morning meeting and that and I include important things in their like minded kids to wash your hands and we talk about feelings I remind them if they have any feelings to talk to their grown ups then later in the day upload a read aloud and then some kind of a silly song at the end of the day but my I just want to mention my school has been fantastic every morning at nine o'clock we have a meeting on Microsoft teams and it's the whole entire school to work all up to date about everything that's going on and yeah that makes it so much easier so I'm not just sitting here by myself in front of a computer all day and I know it's so early in this process but how's it going in these first couple of days it's not bad I'm going to teach you to reach out to parents that matter in the end like I do anything I can to reach out to them so I have all of my students on Google classroom everyone has made it there it's a little challenging just for me personally uploading videos sometimes to the internet you know get stuck but it's the one thing that it it it's challenging me because this is the first week in next week things are gonna change a little bit right now we're just doing the social emotional aspect in the register adjusting to it but it's gonna make me a better teacher I guess overall because I have to figure out how I can give the children act children's activities that they could do at home without going out and buying anything we could all still learning the process thank you very much for your call very very useful you know Lima he mentioned that so far at least the kids in his three K. class seem to be there in this online conference and with that other teacher that you spoke to Nick scraps one of the things that you wrote I talked with was that he was surprised by the number of students who had logged on to a video conference how concerned are teachers generally about attendance or participation yeah it's interesting I think teachers that we talked to really made a point to say so first of all I think there is a concern there but I think from what we heard the concern was more about our students gonna fall behind as the summer slide you know quote unquote gonna happen we're kids fall behind and in the progress that they've made so far and to sort of rectify that what we've heard is sort of what he just said is literally calling students up if they haven't seen them log on to Google classroom or submit an assignment to call them up not necessarily to say Hey if you don't turn this and you're going to get a zero but to say Hey what's going on are you having an internet issue is something going on at home what can I do to help you complete this assignment so I think the concern is definitely there but I think it's more honestly it sounds like it's more about getting from day one to day two and getting more and more kids just engaged in using the platform if anything just tell everybody before you go one more time how they can contribute to your crowdsourcing project as you try to stay on top of how this is going in pursuit of helping everybody get it done as you know as with as much quality as possible for the sake of all the kids and everybody sure maybe you want to say that one more time that that phone number voicemail number is six four six four seven zero seven seven three six that's six four six four seven zero seven seven three six and our survey is at W. NYC dot org slash learning that's a shared survey it's informing the reporters and editors at Chalkbeat and at W. NYC Gothamist were working together to document this moment I just wanna echo something that Tom was saying there about this this will make him a better teacher I feel like we're hearing from so many educators right now about how challenging this is and how difficult it is and and how proud they really feel and if I just want to note that you know a lot of teachers are telling us that this feels like they're being asked to rise to any occasion right now and they feel really proud of the work that they're doing and you know a lot of the comments that were getting from parents and from students I want to acknowledge a lot of them are saying that they're impressed by how quickly their schools were able to get something going in even if it's not perfect yet they were eight knowledge in the hard work that's really being done by by educators and and schools across the city so we're all figuring this out at the same time and to Tom's point about this being only week one and taking care of a lot of the emotional and social aspects of it in this first week and we'll sort of see what next week brings up we're did without knowing too much about what next week will bring we're hoping to keep on checking in with the people who have responded to the survey perhaps even popping up new surveys with new questions in the weeks to come and just kind of keeping this a two way two way dialogue so we're hoping that you'll check in with us this week and we might want to check in with you in future weeks and remove one more time on how people can contact Chalkbeat if they want to submit their stories that way yes absolutely so you can access our service at the top of our home page right now which you can get to you by typing and Chalkbeat so that C. H. A. L. K. B. like boy E. A. T. like Tom dot org slash and why like New York I'm in from Chalkbeat W. NYC she made a massive thank you both so much thank you right Brian Lehrer on WNYC we'll get some news from New York City comptroller Scott stringer next while stuck at home people using online games to virtually socialize and even to celebrate meant a lot to me that my friends who are amazing could come together and pass this much support through the media that's not really there but just has like so much hard finding joy in celebrating life online I'm delighted to read the email and that's next time.
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"The inequities in the system and with suggestions to minimize them as much as possible ET you mean how do you know what what do you what what stories do you want to hear from parents or teachers or or others and she needed to chime in on this too if you want that might help illuminate I mean we know in the best of times there are such savage inequalities as that'll book title goes between higher income and lower income populations in the schools this is obviously gonna protect but present unique challenges for those same savage inequalities and I'm sure you want the story so that you can help feed them back into the system to help minimize them as much as possible anything in particular that you're looking for I think and show me the please you know chime in here too but I think they want to know like internet access is a huge concern especially for families who are in shelters and those are the people who are supposed to be receiving these devices from the DOE but we want to hear about all of that we want to hear about families who have to share one laptop between for children and families who are how are struggling to get internet access families who have been waiting for a device from their school but maybe the school doesn't have enough on hand already it's really such a vast diverse problem just among like what what you're able to get it in terms of technology world and all of that and we would I would also urge folks to know families who obviously don't have any access to these devices eight yeah I don't know how they would be able to access the service and folks you do know people who are struggling to please fill out the survey as well the sand island go ahead sh sorry bright I'll add for someone like Amir in queens who just called in who said his partner is is a teacher in some of her students have the lack of access to the internet I would really encourage you to ask as a teacher as a teacher you can fill out the surveys and identify yourselves as as saying this is a problem seeing in my classroom I know of students who don't have access that would be helpful for us also if we could follow up with you and perhaps be put in touch with some of those families and I'll also give our voicemail number this is a voicemail number for WNYC and of course we're sharing our responses with Chalkbeat if the.
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"Have the virus our need for ventilators is in the thousands but we're going to fight every day to stay ahead of this curve gonna literally be in a race against time new York's governor Andrew Cuomo says a convention center in Manhattan will be converted into a temporary hospital with up to a thousand bets Wall Street futures are higher this morning this is NPR news from Washington this is W. NYC from New York good morning I'm Richard hake health care workers in New York say they have yet to receive protective gear from the federal government despite shortages this after FEMA said it's distributing face masks from the national stockpile speaking on the Brian Lehrer show Lisa bomb a representative for the New York state nurses association says they have not seen the supplies they are certainly not in the hands of healthcare workers so I don't know what they shipped with the same man who they talking about certain plants and they talk about ten ninety five respirators we don't know officials are also calling on president trump to enforce the defense production act to force manufacturers to prioritize making the masks New Jersey will begin releasing some inmates today in response to the outbreak here's W. N. Y. C.'s Karen Yi those serving jail time for violating probation or other low level offenses think shoplifting or disorderly persons charges will be temporarily released from county jail that's according to an order from the state Supreme Court after public defenders and prosecutors negotiated ways to reduce the jail population in light of the rapid spread of cold in nineteen Amosun hot leads the ACLU of New Jersey and says this will save lives this is our friend really rapidly inside of a confined space with the density that until the order could impact up to a thousand people it does not apply to immigrant detainees New York state's hoping to address mental health needs of residents the governor announced over the weekend that he hopes to set up a mental health electronic helpcenter Patricia Jordan is the chairperson for the upper Manhattan mental health center she said she encourages the initiative or special clients who may be a little bit reluctant to come out now because of these challenging times we are facing and with New York City public schools shifting virtual classrooms this week many parents are learning how much those lessons plans vary from school to school Christina short said she was impressed by how much her second grader school in Brooklyn maintained its normal schedule he is in constant contact through them with the future if you having classroom meeting P. thinking Happy Birthday to a friend her birthday Tom Kelly in mid town says his five year old did not have live lessons with teachers he says this won't work for kids who are too young to read why are they crying actual online classroom without having the teachers there to guide the education it seems like it's falling short WNYC and Gothamist are pairing up with Chalkbeat to document this shift in education if you're a teacher or a parent or student you can take this short survey at W. NYC dot org.
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"Number of confirmed positive cases in the state is now reach more than twenty eight hundred with twenty seven reported fatalities we are clearly gonna need these field hospitals it's unclear where the hospitals will be built the state is also looking for re opening recently close medical facilities and unused wings of current hospitals in order to boost capacity here in New York I'm a Cuomo says his administration is beginning to plan a restart of the economy once the outbreak subsides he announced the news yesterday on the first full day of nonessential businesses as they were closed you turned off the engine quickly how do you now start wars begin to restart or plan the restart of that economic engine the governor is assigning a team to work on the effort known as New York forward it'll evaluate whether it's safe to allow people who ever recovered from covert nineteen to go back to work among other issues many are restaurants and other small businesses in the state had to lay off workers because of the shutdown an internal memo obtained by W. NYC shows that a staff member in the Bronx DA's office has tested positive three other employees are awaiting test results in self isolating due to the virus symptoms the agency has instructed staff not to return to work while they clean three floors of the office space in two different buildings the news comes as new York's court system continues to adjourn pending cases in the lane new ones the Bronx DA did not respond to a request for comment and thousands of New York City public school children are now using remote learning and W. NYC has been asking teachers and students what they need to make it work Ariel is in second grade and special ed she's a teacher though in Brooklyn what I need is a teacher actually is I guess a little time to figure out what's going on although nobody has that and we figure out video learning life learning that's my next thing WNYC and Gothamist are pairing up with Chalkbeat asked teachers and students how remote learning is going you can take our short survey at WNYC dot org slash learning support for NPR comes from the Alfred P. Sloan.
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"And Justin Kaufmann and seven twenty WGN today preventative measures were taken in the form of cancellations postponements and suspended seasons the U. S. death toll is at forty there are more than sixteen hundred and seventy eight confirmed cases up three hundred and seventy cases from yesterday an Illinois seven more cases for announced tonight including one child who is in good condition no deaths reported yet in the state of Illinois the stock market is officially a bear market losing over twenty three hundred points today the single biggest drop since black Monday in nineteen eighty seven Illinois governor JB Pritzker made the call to keep schools open in the state there's growing concern as cases continue to shut down school districts the latest public schools in Winnetka which followed Hinsdale high school's Dundee crown and others who will shut down tomorrow so why not mandate a full shut down and why did the mayor of Chicago choose to keep Chicago public schools open Cassie Walker Burke from Chalkbeat will join us to talk all things school in the corona virus including a push to move election day polling places from school property in a statement tonight from Chicago teachers union we said if you're going to have polling places in schools they would like students out of school that day this would be on Tuesday find out if that has any legs coming up yeah hello Sharon join us to talk how city and state officials are reacting to this crisis including closing the Thompson center colleges and universities around the country right here in the Midwest and suspended campus classes for the spring semester and quarter sending kids home for the foreseeable future kids are on the clock to move out of their dorms vacate the campuses are you scrambling to get your kids home and if you're scrambling to get kids dorm packed up you're probably doing a lot of that work while standing in line for groceries if there are any left after late night last night's address from the president people been flocking to cosco's and Walmart to stock up for possible quarantine what's left on the shelves and when will the stores restock and what else you need to know about self quarantine so many parts of our daily routine disrupted not to mention sports the NHL's followed the NBA suspended their season today MLB has suspended all baseball operations for the time being including the start of the season same with Major League Soccer and today the big ten tournament was canceled just minutes before was set to start of course March madness turned into a hash tag March sadness so where are we tonight our leaders doing enough to keep us safe how are you doing how's the freak out level are you prepared for a major disruption in your life are you still in the over reaction camp it's time to come together all of us and recognize that some things are bigger than ourselves doesn't mean it's the end of the world or even our end of the way of our life it's a disruption together we can overcome one two ninety one seventy two hundred is our phone number tonight love to hear from you lines are open we got such great people coming on tonight we're gonna dedicate a whole program to cover nineteen and the coronavirus crisis we face not only in this country but here in Chicago again three one two nine eight one seventy two hundreds the number we'll take our first break here will get heather Sharon on the line and we'll start it up here on seven twenty WGN stay with us there was a time not so long ago when watching the news.
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"The New York City students are worried hundreds of teens have already signed petitions asking for their schools to suspend the classes some countries have already shut school doors and sent all students home to wait out the virus in Japan and in Italy all schools are closed and in China tens of thousands of courses have moved online the big question right now can closing schools disrupting the education of tens of millions of students help contain the outbreak let's talk about killing those who is with us she's a national education reporter for Chalkbeat kill and welcome to the takeaway thanks so much for having me also with us is runner Dylan he's a physician and faculty member in global health equity at Brigham and women's hospital running pledge you could join us great to be with you runner how common is it for schools to close in reaction to public health situations like this so there's a long history of using school closures at times were when we've had epidemics in the past even as recently as the two thousand nine flu season there were some school closures done then the data on how well school closures work is mixed and some of that is that the fact that it really depends on how it's executed and when it's executed so there are situations where it can make sense to do that and a lot of that hinges on what the picture of the epidemic in the local community is at any moment to determine what it whether it makes sense or not to go that route so what's the thinking here is it that we want to protect the children or are we trying to stop them from spreading the virus how how do we think about school closings in an epidemic we think about school closings we think about both of those factors and oftentimes protecting children first and foremost in fact Japan is close all the schools primarily because there was an interest in trying to protect kids from getting sick one thing we've learned early scenes so far with this corona virus epidemic is that children seem to be the ones that are either getting infected the least or more likely having only milder symptoms when infected or not getting a serious illness as older adults especially are getting and so protecting children still part of the factor but really standing out transmission is going to be a big reason to consider school closures as this epidemic seems to be ramping up in the U. S. and a lot of that is that kids even when they may not be getting so ill themselves are certainly gonna be transmitting to one another and then those kids are going to go to their homes and then be able to propagate the virus further to run you are US standards similar to those in Italy and in Japan well across the board it seems that countries will issue some kind of nationwide guidance but then leave it to the discretion of the local schools or local school districts for example in the UK their national guidance is to hold back on school closures yet they're also letting their local school principals decide if the situation in the area merits it looks it generally speaking our recommendations are similar which is to say that if you have pockets of transmission especially transmission beyond known cases where you think that their virus might be spreading unseen in the community then it makes sense to consider closing schools at least until you get a grip on what that transmission is and more importantly till that peak of transmission has subsided so the what we do know from studying past epidemics when school closures have been done is that what school closures can do more clearly than anything else is reduce the peak rate of infection meaning trying to limit the intensity of having hundreds and hundreds of cases at any one moment when this when especially the health system would get overwhelmed by track and respond to them in two cases you said a key word here a new closing schools at least until the peak has subsided how long could at least be well when when talking about a peak not so much the peak of the epidemic global you're going nationally but really locally so right now from one of the challenges we're facing is we don't have a clear understanding of where transmission or how wide the transmission is happening in the U. S. because of the lack of testing so it's an issue that I know it's been talked about a lot in the media elsewhere but once we actually have to have a sense of how much transmission is happening where it's happening we'd be able to understand better the way to you school closures but right now our ideas are just that sense we have is that there are communities where you have localized transmission so what you wanna do is as you have cases moving to me maybe new areas you may close schools to prevent that the Democrats taking root in that community and from spreading widely making sure that whatever cases may a filter into the community you can it'll contain and then once you feel like you have a grip on that on the on those cases you can then potentially reopen schools and that way we have mitigated the chance for the virus to really spread widely in that community of that school district one has the CDC told schools so far so so far most of what they've communicated has been around developing emergency plans they want schools to look at their infectious disease plans make sure that they have lines of communication open with their parents make sure that they're instructing children to wash their hands not to touch their face a lot of schools are continuing what they would normally do to clean services that are often touched they're making sure that others are doing what they would normally do and then there's also been some talk about trying to plan for a disruption in learning so we've been seeing a lot of schools haven't made it as far on that and so what whether or not they decide to take up virtual learning or they try some other method it's kind of something that remains to be seen and will certainly depend on how long the schools are closed for from a systemic view Killin what would extended school closures mean for students and for parents so there's a number of challenges that could pose a lot of students rely on their breakfast and lunch to come from school so the CDC has issued some guidance around maybe there could be places where students could calm and still get food there's a lot of concern around the continuity of learning and so if you had schools closed for a few days it probably wouldn't be that disruptive but if we're talking about long term closures were schools would have to be closed for weeks or months at a time certainly they would have to come up with a plan to continue learning a lot of schools are not set up right now for remote learning and so we're starting to see confusion about whether or not schools would be able to do that a lot of students don't have internet at home or may not have devices at home to be able to do that so we do see some teachers are starting to prepare for that but whether or not that could be implemented on a wide scale it really remains to be seen so we're really seeing in the inequality being exposed by the corona virus because some students are gonna have to stay home others will have resources but some will not is that what you're telling me yeah I mean one thing that we've seen in other countries where there's been widespread closures is that parents who've been able to work from home are an advantage they're able to supervise their children or low even that is very difficult if you're working from home to be able to watch your child while they're taking lessons versus other parents who may not be able to stay home with their children around the clock and monitor them while they're doing their school work that's certainly an equity issue the equity issue it has also to do with whether they have the devices and internet at home we have seen during other natural disasters like the wildfires in California some districts have invested in buying devices and buying wifi routers for children and then distributing them so they can take those lessons but those are a lot harder to do you know when you're doing it on a wider scale and if you don't have a lot of time to prepare most experts say it's really hard to implement an online learning plan if you haven't already been laying the groundwork to do so running earlier you mentioned that kids seem less subset double to the corona virus although I understand a lot of that is still we're still trying to understand it but does that means that if you are younger than eighteen you less susceptible or is there a particular age range what what are we talking about here yes so far from the data that's available from the from the case reports that we've gotten from different countries it really looks like the the front of infectious action is happening among among adults older than eighteen and the the pit that patients were developing the more serious version of the illness and and that that's have been clustered among people who work on it even in older age bracket and also have other pre existing health conditions among kids school going age you know in one report it was less than three percent of the cases were detected among them and the number that you've ever developed severe illness was as low as two percent and the number that required ICU level care like what's happening for a lot of adults was even less than that so definitely from those case reports it seems that children are less susceptible to serious illness from infections so far now the question is and that we don't have the information on is how much our kids actually have a milder symptoms may be something that looks more like a a common cold that goes away in a couple of days even though that's that's milder and illness you're experiencing they still could be propagating a lot of infection to their family members and other people in their community and that's that's the central concern right now I think as we get more testing online online especially in the U. S. I we're gonna start understanding of a lot better what exactly the nature of that situation and that dynamic actually gets but certainly it's been reduced reassuring and positive see the kids have been less susceptible to serious illness but that still should give us pause because as you know from a lot of other illnesses infections children children can be the main spreaders of those illnesses in a community feeling very briefly are you from your reporting hearing a lot of parents is voluntarily keeping their children home I have not heard that yet and the closure that we have seen have been pretty isolated a handful of schools in Washington and Oregon and some private schools in California and also some in New York so we really haven't seen a lot of that yet but it's still early so we don't really know thank you very much Keelan Belcher is a national education reporter for Chalkbeat and Ronnie Dylan is a physician a faculty member in global health equity at Brigham and women's hospital thank you both for joining us thank you for thank you so much and we're keeping our focus on how the corona viruses affecting schools tell us how school closures are affecting you.