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With Cell Phones And Laptops, Newark Teachers Stay Connected With Students During School Shutdown

The coronavirus pandemic has turned education upside down in Newark and nationwide, forcing schools to shut their doors and parents to play the role of teachers. But actual teachers, while confined to their homes, are still finding ways to connect virtually with their students, whether through old-fashioned phone calls or more modern tools like Google Classroom and ClassDojo.

In Newark, the city is trying to facilitate those teacher-student connections by making sure every student has home internet access. A district survey found that 7,000 students lack internet-equipped devices, so the city will begin distributing laptops or other devices to those families next week, Mayor Ras Baraka said Thursday. He previously announced that the cable provider Altice USA will offer free internet access to Newark families with school children who need it.

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