Coronavirus Pandemic: Will N.Y.C.'s Homeless Students Be Left Behind? | NYT News

“Can you move just a little bit to this way? Perfect” “A-L-L-I-A, my name is Allia Phillips

I am 10 years old I live in New York, New York And I live in a shelter And I love playing violin OK, I’m going to have to stand up for this

A lot of things are really happening right now, like Covid-19 [Violin playing] I’ve heard that it is a very contagious virus And when people get it, a lot of people have to go to the hospital But some of them have to get isolated It’s changed my life because now, we don’t get to go in school

My teacher told us that she didn’t know if it was going to close for the whole year Ta-da” “You’ve got blanky fuzz in your hair Right now, me and Allia are actually living in a family shelter” “I don’t like the way you brush it

You brush it so hard Basically, it’s one room with a bathroom, and then one bed and a bunk bed I guess, it’s now my classroom, too” “I got contacted by her school to go pick up her iPad device And her iPad does not have internet

The shelter that we’re in, they do not allow internet What classroom stuff are we going to do today? Math?” “Well, science is already too hard It keeps on pausing itself, just freezing” “Oh OK, I will look into that in a little bit” “Across the room

” “And see what’s going on I have a cellphone We use the hot spot I don’t have a lot of data And it’s a little spotty and slow

Essentially, that’s just where we’ve been is puttering outside to get a better signal, hoping it gets better” “A school has 17 tables in the cafeteria Each table has 12 seats” “I am worried that children are going to get left behind because they don’t have their devices or they didn’t have the access to the internet Let’s try that one again

” “So we’ll probably have to redo our whole grade, and relearn everything we already know” “Right now, my biggest worry for Allia would be the social interaction My mother, who’s disabled, and her service animal lives with us So we’re all in this really tiny space” “Yeah

I’m worried about that because my grandmother, she is really old And if she gets it or if my mother gets sick, they could get hurt And if they both get it, who’s going to take care of me that day? And then if we’re all locked in the same room, how are we going to be safe?”

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