34 minutes | Sep 4th 2020

Episode 23: Back to School, Sort of...

In March of this year, as the novel coronavirus started to take hold of the region, students and teachers were notified that in person school was over and remote learning would get underway. At first, everyone thought the move to online learning would be temporary, but it wasn’t. “We got higher and higher numbers across the state, across the nation. And we continued to be questioning, well, how do we do this? And we didn't. In ten minutes we had to pack up our classrooms and get kids ready. We didn't have the time to prepare to provide students all of the pieces and resources that they needed to do this well at home,” said Shannon Ergun, the president of the Tacoma Education Association, the union that represents Tacoma’s public school teachers. While some students thrived learning online, many struggled with isolation and a lack of structure. Parents of children with special needs are perhaps having the greatest difficulty under this new normal. Daniela Hall is a teacher who lives in