How Some School Districts Focused on Equity During Fires, Storms and COVID-19

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Last summer, as the Monterey Peninsula district in California planned to go back to school, homeless students quickly became a major focus.

Superintendent PK Diffenbaugh worried about the 200 students without stable housing or the internet. How could they access learning opportunities like everyone else if school remained remote?

The months since the pandemic have spotlighted many such inequities within the district, helping Diffenbaugh’s team see more clearly where they needed to focus when designing a back-to-school experience that could work for students with few resources.



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