Lexington-Fayette County reports 247 new COVID-19 cases

Lexington reported 247 new COVID-19 cases and one new death Wednesday morning, pushing the city’s total case count beyond 16,000 since the pandemic first reached Kentucky.

The new death increases Lexington’s coronavirus death toll to 113. There have also been 876 total hospitalizations. Twenty of those hospitalizations were newly reported Wednesday morning.

Lexington had its worst COVID-19 week yet in the week before Thanksgiving, and health experts fear a larger COVID-19 spike after families gather indoors for the holidays.

University of Kentucky students, who were once a major contributor to Lexington’s COVID-19 cases, will no longer be on campus after classes concluded Tuesday. In-person classes weren’t scheduled to resume after Thanksgiving break.

UK students have accounted for more than 3,000 COVID-19 cases since late July, according to the latest available data from the university. That means a little more than 12.5 percent of the on-campus student population contracted COVID-19 during the fall semester.

The more than 3,000 cases amounted to about 19 percent of all of Lexington’s COVID-19 cases. At one point, the UK student population accounted for more than 20 percent of the city’s total cases.

The university’s case count surged in late September. New cases on campus dropped dramatically before beginning to trend upward again at the end of the semester.

UK President Eli Capilouto shared a letter with the campus Tuesday in which he said he was thankful for the efforts of the UK community during the pandemic.

“We have persevered,” he wrote. “We have overcome challenges that were neither expected nor fair. We sought new ways to do our jobs, always putting the needs and success of our community and students first.”

The university will continue reporting new COVID-19 data for the fall semester until the end of this week.

Jeremy Chisenhall covers breaking news for the Lexington Herald-Leader and Kentucky.com. He joined the paper in 2020, and is originally from Erlanger, Ky.

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One Colorado Business Owner Partners with a Houston University to Help Harris County Seniors Endure Long Lines at the Polls.

(Denver, Colorado) – With only a day until the 2020 U.S. presidential election, voters in Harris County, Texas are clamoring to the polls, many waiting hours in line to cast their vote. After watching what was happening on the news, Colorado business owner Jim Burness wanted to help.  

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“We weren’t sure how we could make a difference, but we knew we had to try,” Burness shared and after a few hours of brainstorming, he had an idea. “We knew lots of companies would be sending water and offering food, but I wanted to find another way to keep people in line. I was most concerned about seniors and those with health issues, so we packed up a bunch of camp chairs and shipped them to Texas.”  

In fact, it was more than “a bunch”. Mr. Burness and his wife cleaned out their local Walmart and shipped a huge pallet of camp chairs to Texas. Unable to travel and distribute the chairs himself, he decided to reach out to the Rice University Young Democrats for help.

In fact, it was more than “a bunch”. Mr. Burness and his wife cleaned out their local Walmart and shipped a huge pallet of camp chairs to Texas. Unable to travel and distribute the chairs himself, he decided to reach out to the Rice University Young Democrats for help.

“We were blown away by the gesture and definitely wanted to find a way to make this happen,” Alissa Kono shared, a junior studying social policy analysis at Rice and President of the university’s Young Democrats. The group, who’s actively engaged in getting the vote out on campus, has also been phone banking and actively reaching out to the community to ensure everyone gets to the polls and is up to date on the issues. “This election is too important not to vote, but even beyond that voting is a huge responsibility and privilege, and everyone needs to get out there and exercise their voice.”  

“We’re fortunate in Colorado, because everyone receives a ballot in the mail. But in Texas that’s not the case,” Burness shared. “When I was contemplating how I could best support the election, I kept thinking of my dad. There is no way he could have ever stood in line for an hour let alone five. My hope is that this small gift will allow others like him to have their voice heard, no matter if they are voting red or blue.”

Nearly 1.4 million Houston area residents have already cast their ballots in early voting, exceeding the number that turned out for the 2016 election. This surge, without question, is a response to the presidential race, but also related to the challenges Harris County voters found in 2016. Even though they continue to see long lines, Harris County officials have done everything in their power to make voting more accessible by expanding voting hours and tripling the number of voting locations, the lines continue to be long. While local officials actively want to ensure their constituents are able to vote, the newly blue county leadership, also recognized the nation’s third largest county with record breaking turnout could play a pivotal role in the election – potentially, tipping Texas for Biden. 

While Mr. Burness is an active Colorado Democrat, he’s equally a strong believer in exercising your right to vote – so much so, he is closing his offices on November 3rd. “I made the decision to make Election Day a staff holiday, not only because I wanted to give everyone the opportunity to vote, but also because so many wanted to get involved as poll watchers, dropping off ballots for the elderly or making phone calls,” he shared. “Do I want to see Biden victory? Absolutely, but regardless of party, no

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Mifflin County thrower Taylor Ciccolini makes her college decision

Taylor Ciccolini said her recruiting process was methodical, an abundance of well-designed spreadsheets marking pros and cons of each university.

The Mifflin County senior and track and field star tracked everything, from academics to campus life and job placement assistance programs. When you’re one of the nation’s rising throwers, methodical is good.

So is having a familiar face to train with and push you to bigger, and certainly longer, distances.

Ciccolini recently decided that her future was some 900 miles from Lewistown at the University of Missouri, where she’ll join the Tigers’ “crazy” track and field program and work alongside older sister, Skylar, a Mizzou sophomore.

“Obviously, my sister being there will be an added bonus for sure, but I tried to keep any bias as low as possible when I went through the recruiting process,” said Taylor.

“When I first added Missouri to the list, I didn’t figure they would end up at the top. However, by the end, it clearly was the best choice, for academics and the javelin.”

Ciccolini narrowed her potential picks to Stanford, Brown, Oregon State, Missouri and the University of Pennsylvania.

Like her anticipated junior season in the spring, official visits were all but wiped out by the coronavirus pandemic. But Ciccolini did have some local knowledge about Missouri and its distinguished program.

“I can’t wait. It will be great training with my sister again,” Taylor said. “Obviously, she’s very competitive. Mizzou has a crazy javelin program, it’s an elite camp.”

Sister Skylar’s second straight PIAA javelin title in 2019 saw then-sophomore Taylor finish third. Naturally, expectations were high heading into 2020, but the season was eventually shelved just one week before the first official dual meet.

“It was pretty rough, but it probably would have been worse if I wasn’t going to get the chance to compete at all,” Taylor said. “I kept training.”

While opportunities over the summer were slim, Ciccolini, mixing in some form of practice 5-6 days a week, competed in a virtual national series event in late-May.

Run by the National Scholastic Athletics Foundation and AthleticNET, the meet gave Taylor a chance to submit a personal-best 149′11, more than 3-feet better than her bronze-medal mark in ’19.

“Honestly, I never sort of set number goals or feel like one meet is the be-all, end-all,” she said. “My firm goal right now is to get some sort of track season in the spring and compete to see where I stack up. It’s been nearly a full year off from competition, so it will be interesting.”

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SpaceX rocket deploys latest NASA satellite into orbit after Santa Barbara County launch

Hawthorne-based SpaceX successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket Saturday morning, Nov. 21, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Santa Barbara County. The craft promptly deployed NASA’s Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite into orbit and doubled back to return its reusable main components to Earth.

On an unexpectedly clear morning, many residents in Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties got a good view of the airshow and could hear a series of sonic booms following liftoff.

Farther south in Los Angeles County, residents might have caught a glimpse of the rocket’s smoky trail as it powered the satellite into orbit, then reversed course and returned to Vandenberg for recovery and use in future missions.

The launch was scheduled for 9:17 a.m., and SpaceX tweeted a video showing the successful liftoff at 9:19 a.m.

At 9:28 a.m., the company tweeted that “Falcon 9’s first stage has landed on Landing Zone 4,” and deployment of Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich was confirmed at 10:18 a.m.

The rocket cut loose the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite, which joins a nearly 30-year project to measure global sea-surface height, while also providing atmospheric data that, officials say, will improve weather forecasts, climate modeling and hurricane tracking.

That satellite’s twin, dubbed Sentinel 6B, will join the mission in 2025.

The namesake of Saturday’s satellite was NASA’s former Earth Science Division director. Freilich died in August, about seven months after NASA announced the satellite would bear his name. He was 66.

“Mike’s excellence as a scientist is well known,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a written statement after Freilich died. “His dedication to oceanography and helping train the next generation of scientific leaders was inspiring.

 

“This satellite,” Bridenstine added about the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich, “will gather critical information about the oceans for which Mike had such an abiding passion.”

Three science instruments aboard the satellite were built by Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena — the Advanced Microwave Radiometer, the Global Navigation Satellite System-Radio Occultation and the Laser Retroreflector Array.

The ocean-monitoring program was developed by the European Space Agency in conjunction with NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

 

The launch was the second triumph in a week’s time for the South Bay rocketbuilder.

The company’s Crew Dragon capsule docked at the International Space Station on Monday, Nov. 16, to engage in a history-making six-month science mission by its four-person crew, which includes Pomona native Victor Glover.

The Dragon capsule’s docking concluded a 27-hour, completely automated flight from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. The Space Station will be home and workplace for the four-astronaut crew until spring.

Among the capsule crew is Navy Cmdr. Glover, 44, the first Black astronaut to serve on an extended Space Station Mission. Glover, a Navy commander, aviator and test pilot, is taking his first spaceflight as a Crew Dragon First Mission astronaut. He was presented his gold astronaut

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Montgomery County Board of Education 2020 candidates

Early voting in Maryland ends today.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. — As we approach Election Day, Montgomery County residents will have the chance to vote on the next leaders to run their county’s school system.

During these unprecedented times of the pandemic, the future of the school system means more now than ever. In recent months, the county has trailed behind the rest of the state of Maryland and has been reluctant to move forward due to the number of COVID-19 cases. This has affected the county’s economy and the school system.

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Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) prides itself on putting members of their school community first to ensure overall success. The largely diverse school system serves over 165,000 students across over 200 schools countywide. It currently employs over 24,000 people who have contributed to the success of 88.4% graduation rate for students, according to the MCPS website.

Board of Education: At-Large

Dasgupta has taught political science as well as served as the Director of the Political Science Program for the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG). He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Montgomery County Council of PTAs.

Website: https://www.sunildasgupta.com

Harris is a nurse, attorney and public health professional. She received her Master’s degree from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Website: https://m.facebook.com/lynne4students/?ref=page_internal&mt_nav=0

Board of Education: District 2

Fryar has more than 30 years of experience working in education. He has served as a classroom teacher, a social worker and an attorney. He is admitted to the Maryland Bar Association to provide pro-bono legal services through the Montgomery County Bar Pro Bono Program and also volunteers through the Washington Council of Lawyers.

Website: https://michaelfryar.com

Rebecca Smondrowski (Incumbent)

Smondrowski was first elected to this office in 2016. She also serves as chair of the Board’s Committee on Special Populations and as a member of the Strategic Planning Committee. In addition, she serves as the Ex-officio to the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council. Previously, she was a legislative aide for Maryland State Senator Roger Manno and has been a local and county PTA leader.

Website: https://www.smondrowski.com

Board of Education: District 4

Shebra Evans (Incumbent)

Evans is a member of the Board of Directors for the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE), Chair of the MABE Equity Ad Hoc Committee and serves on the Policies and Procedures Committee. She has also volunteered with the Montgomery County Council of PTAs (MCCPTA) as a Co-leader of the African American Student Achievement Action Group.

Website: https://www.shebraevans.com

Solomon is a lifelong resident of Montgomery County who has had a career in radio as a producer and talk show host. He has volunteered for various Montgomery County boards, committees, nonprofits, and political campaigns.

Website: https://www.votestevesolomon.com

Early voting in Maryland started on Oct. 26 and ends Nov. 2. 

You can vote at any early voting center in Montgomery County.

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Why there’s global interest in a geothermal project in Beaver County

SALT LAKE CITY — Imagine having an unlimited supply of clean, renewable energy at your feet that could revolutionize the nation’s — and even the world’s — approach to turning on the lights in billions of homes and powering up economies across the globe.

A Utah project playing out near a little town of less than 1,500 residents could transform what is only imagination into a formidable reality by using the first-of-its-kind technology that reaches thousands upon thousands of feet underground to harness geothermal resources on a commercial scale.

A drone view overlooks the sight of the FORGE Project in Beaver County that seeks to use the first-of-its-kind technology to tap renewable, geothermal energy deep under the ground.
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The possibilities are endless if the technology is proven successful, and the project in Milford, Beaver County, spearheaded by the University of Utah’s Energy & Geoscience Institute is being watched by a lot of counties — Germany, Japan, China, the United Kingdom.

“There’s worldwide interest,” said Joseph Moore, principal investigator of the Utah Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy, or what they call FORGE, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy at a tune of some $200 million.

The project hit a milestone recently with the start of the drilling of one of two deep, deviated wells that ultimately reach depths of 10,800 feet underground and are seeking to capture geothermal energy bubbling at 437 degrees.

The enhanced geothermal technology works like a radiator, if you will.

The well will go vertically to a depth of 6,000 feet and make a 65-degree turn. The total length of the well will be approximately 11,000 feet with the “toe” — or the end of the well — reaching a vertical depth of 8,500 feet.

The Utah FORGE Project

This well will serve as the conduit of injected water, at 2,000 gallons per minute, to be circulated through the fractures it makes in the hard granite underground rock. The second deviated well will then bring that water up, only to be injected again, over and over.

This is the first project of its kind to tackle this challenge while drilling in hot, hard crystalline granite.

Ultimately the idea is to use this “radiator” process to generate steam to power a turbine to turn it into energy.

This is the first research attempt to harness geothermal energy using such a drastic angle of 65 degrees, Moore said.

“Most geothermal wells are pretty close to vertical and about 30 to 40 degrees.”

While geothermal resources across the United States are being used for energy — Utah ranks third in the country for its geothermal energy output — no one has been quite able to figure out how to make it economically viable on a commercial scale.

That challenge is what is fueling the U.S. Department of Energy’s interest and funding. It picked Utah out of four other competitors across the country to test this technology and to take it to market.

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Camelot Education Partners with Santa Rosa County District Schools to Serve Students with Exceptional Needs

PACE, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct 28, 2020–

Camelot Education is proud to announce its partnership with Santa Rosa County District Schools to establish and operate an Exceptional Student Education (ESE) program for students K-12. The school, which opened its doors on August 24, 2020, provides robust and engaging academic and social-emotional development for Santa Rosa’s ESE students. Each student receives deep, individual attention, instruction and support based on each student’s cognitive ability, learning style and interest.

Camelot Academy of Santa Rosa uses a framework that meets students at their emotional, academic and cognitive levels, and designs the learning environment to minimize triggers, develop new strategies for communication and self-advocacy, teach replacement strategies, foster academic growth and reinforce therapeutic supports. The school is designed with smaller classroom sizes and increased counseling support to help these students develop skills and strategies that they can use when they transition back to their home schools.

“Our approach starts by building meaningful relationships with each student to understand their individual needs, challenges and strengths, so that we can provide the care, support and counseling they need,” said Andrew Maxwell, regional director at Camelot Education.

Having long heard of the success that neighboring Escambia County School District experiences with a similar program, the Santa Rosa board unanimously voted to engage Camelot Education. “Our nearby Escambia County program has been running successfully for 10 years,” said Maxwell.

The Camelot Santa Rosa team worked tirelessly to ensure everything was in place in time for the start of the 20/21 school year, including managing building renovations and hiring more than two dozen staff. Prior to the first day of school, all building staff participated in the extensive 80-hour Camelot Education staff training program, in a socially distant manner. The training focused on Camelot’s unique school model that seamlessly blends social and emotional learning (SEL) with academics.

“The team in Santa Rosa has a real passion for their students and this community, and the work they’ve done to make this program a reality is outstanding, especially under challenging COVID-19 circumstances,” said Kevin Deal, deputy superintendent at Camelot Education. “The school opened its doors on time without a hitch. The Camelot staff has moved mountains to serve these students and offer them the best learning environment to flourish.”

About Camelot Education:

Camelot Education is a leading provider of trauma-informed education solutions partnering with public school districts in the United States. Many of Camelot’s programs serve students with exceptional needs and those who thrive in an alternative education setting. In partnership with school districts, Camelot excels in engaging students in their education with programming and structures specifically created for diverse learners, enabling them to thrive in school and achieve success in academics and in life.

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Shelby County Schools Partners with Naviance by Hobsons to Improve Graduation Rates and Student Career Readiness

“It is necessary to develop partnerships that align with the District’s mission to prepare students for success in learning, leadership, and life,” said Superintendent Dr. Joris Ray. “The collaboration with Naviance and its devotion to boost student outcomes, amplifies our efforts to improve and prepare students for opportunities in post-secondary education and their careers.”

“Naviance by Hobsons is honored to support Shelby County Schools with its efforts to prepare students for academic and post-secondary success,” said Paul McConville, Senior Vice President of Sales and Account Management for Hobsons. “Together, we are committed to helping students stay on track in understanding and attaining college, career, and life success no matter the challenges.”

With the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, SCS quickly adapted to a virtual environment and deployed Naviance for the 2020-21 school year. Naviance allows all students to access their CCLR planning in a virtual environment, anytime, anywhere. Additionally, Naviance will help SCS meet the Tennessee Ready Graduate requirements and indicators. As the largest public-school district in Tennessee, SCS serves more than 30,200 8th – 12th graders who will now have access to Naviance, the most widely adopted CCLR platform in the country.

“At Shelby County Schools, we’re focused on improving academic and lifelong outcomes for all students,” said Dr. Antonio M. Burt, Chief Academic Officer. “Naviance by Hobsons offers a scalable solution with the necessary tools to equitably support our students through their college and career planning. We want students to be inspired by their possibilities and to be empowered to chart their own course.”

Naviance equips students to discover personal interests and strengths and real-world careers that match, research and apply for colleges and scholarship opportunities and build resumes and portfolios. As part of Destination 2025, Naviance will help SCS work toward its goals of 80% of students being college- and career-ready, 90% of seniors graduating on time, and 100% of graduates enrolling in a postsecondary opportunity.

“Even in challenging times, our commitment to support our students in every way possible does not cease, it gets stronger. I’m delighted that this tool helps ease the decision-making process as our students plan for their futures,” said SCS Board Chair Miska Clay Bibbs.

Counselors and designated instructional staff are undergoing training to learn how to support students using the new tool. Students will begin using Naviance with their school counselors and teachers later in the fall.

About Shelby County Schools
Shelby County Schools is Tennessee’s largest public-school district and is among the 25 largest public-school districts in the United States. Formerly composed of two smaller districts, Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools, SCS serves over 100,000 students in more than 200 schools. SCS is the second largest employer in Shelby County with over 14,000 employees, including 6,500 teachers. SCS has placed a strong emphasis in five high-leverage areas: early literacy; improvement of post-secondary readiness;

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With unprecedented numbers of failing grades, reports of student anxiety, Sonoma County education leaders call emergency summit

Facing a steep spike in students with failing grades as well as emerging evidence of pervasive mental health woes among area teens, education leaders in Sonoma County have scheduled an unprecedented emergency summit to address what they are describing as a looming crisis.

High school students are failing classes at rates never before seen in Sonoma County — in some cases double the number recorded in the first six weeks of school last year, superintendents of secondary districts are reporting.

As educators begin a search for solutions to the surge of low grades, they are also grappling with the troubling results from a national survey of student mental health. Sonoma County students, unlike the majority of their peers elsewhere in the state and nation, are reporting feeling deep anxiety over their futures.

More than 7 out of 10 of the more than 4,500 high school students in Sonoma County who participated in a national survey in May reported that “feeling anxious about the future” was the No. 1 barrier to distance learning. By comparison, “distractions at home” was the chief obstacle to distance learning listed by the more than 20,000 students from nine states who participated in the survey by YouthTruth, a nonprofit organization formed as part of the Center for Effective Philanthropy.

“When we heard the YouthTruth (results) that 71% have a fear of the future, that is when it hit home: We are different. It is now being verified,” Santa Rosa City Schools Superintendent Diann Kitamura said. “We are an outlier. … That is corroborating that our kids and our teachers have been through hell and back, and we aren’t back yet.”

Wildfires that have canceled class and wreaked havoc every year since 2017, along with power shut-offs, a flood in the west county and now a global pandemic, have led to compounded trauma for Sonoma County students who are now showing signs of mental health struggles, educators said.

With the county unable yet to effectively reduce coronavirus cases and transmission rates that are among the worst in California, Sonoma County public schools have been barred from resuming in-person classes on campuses since mid-March. A private school in Sonoma, The Presentation School, reopened last week and two others, Sonoma Country Day and The Healdsburg School, won approval to resume classes the first week of November. But approximately 68,000 transitional kindergarten-through-12th-grade students have not been inside a classroom or face to face with their teachers in more than six months.

“We have to do something now. This needs to stop,” Healdsburg Unified School District Superintendent Chris Vanden Heuvel said.

“We have friends in other parts of the state, and not to say that their kids aren’t struggling, but it does appear to me that we have got more complex mental health issues and anxieties that we are seeing in our kids right now that is different than in other places,” he said. “You look at seniors and what those kids have gone through for four years — fire after

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It took COVID-19 to remedy inequities in Monterey County schools

Every corner of Nana Concha’s apartment is filled with toys and stacked high with books and activities.

Snacks clutter cabinets and countertops.

The East Salinas babysitter has WiFi — something many of the children don’t have at home. 

The sounds of tapping keyboards, class sessions on Zoom, bouncing balls, and the occasional “İDeja de correr!” (Stop running!) from Nana Concha echo in the room. Most of the children, ranging from infant to middle schoolers, have parents working in the fields.

One of the children is six-year-old Kender Ricardez Tobon, farmworker Eufemia Aguilar’s grandson. Aguilar, who is recovering from surgery, likes to sit on the couch next to Kender.

She tries to help him finish his online assignments. Both hover over the Chromebook screen, which is filled from top to bottom with the faces of his first-grade classmates and his teacher. 

As the two focus on the busy screen, the chaos of the other children in the room challenges Kender’s patience. It isn’t long before he rests his head against his hand and looks at Aguilar.

Aguilar hasn’t installed WiFi in the single bedroom she rents for herself and Kender. She says she is waiting to find a more permanent home.

Currently, she shares a living space with 10 other people. 

Overcrowded living spaces and erratic WiFi is the norm for many children of farmworkers, who were accustomed to these challenges long before the pandemic began.

Four children surround Kender Ricardez Tobon, and  Eufemia "Jenni" Aguilar, as they both sit on the couch and work on Tobon's Chromebook in Salinas, Calif., on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020.

Four children surround Kender Ricardez Tobon, and Eufemia “Jenni” Aguilar, as they both sit on the couch and work on Tobon’s Chromebook in Salinas, Calif., on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020.
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It took the death of more than 213,000 Americans for school districts across the country to remedy the longstanding digital divide. 

Aguilar goes into work at 2 a.m. and usually gets out at 11 a.m. Since her job is in Gilroy, she picks up Kender from Nana Concha at noon. When Aguilar arrives, Kender usually isn’t done with his school work. 

Aguilar stays until around 2 p.m. or 3 p.m. to help.

“The problem is with us,” she said in Spanish. “It’s not with the teachers or the school, they do enough by teaching them what they have to learn. The ones who need to be on the lookout for our children’s schoolwork is us, parents. We need to know what they are doing and how they are behaving during their online class.” 

Nana Concha’s is one of the few places Kender can complete school work.  

“Yes, we have an internet problem in our home,” Aguilar said. “That’s why I’m searching for an apartment right now. If by chance I find one, I will be able to install WiFi there because it will be a more permanent home for us.”  

Unequal playing field

Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, racial disparities in housing, access to nutritious food, income, and internet connectivity have been amplified. 

According to the COVID-19 Pandemic Disparate Impact report released on Aug. 2020, economic challenges for Monterey County residents and

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