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Internet, food access two major roadblocks as some school districts opt for remote learning

State lawmakers are calling back to school time a ‘no-win’ situation.

State Assemblyman Al Stripe said he sees a big issue with hybrid models and bringing students back to the classroom this early.

“The biggest problem is in rural and urban districts that have large numbers of people without internet service,” Stripe said.

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State Senator Rachael May said that essential services could also be withheld if schools do not reopen.

“A lot of children in our schools get at least one meal a day from our schools, and they need that, or else they will go hungry,” May said. “Obviously that’s not doing to happen if schools are entirely remote.”

At the end of the day though it comes down to resources.

“We could do a lot of things if we had the resource,” Stripe added. “We don’t have those resources, so until, Congress acts our hands are tied.”

 

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