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Jaliyah Bacchus and her littler sister, Jayda, greet their mother, Trisha Anderson.
Education

With schools and daycares closed, it’s sometimes older siblings who are watching young children

It’s a common scenario affecting countless teenagers across the city and state, as more parents juggle a full schedule with limited childcare support. And with schools and daycare centers now closed this academic year, child care responsibilities will play a determining role in which students can forge full speed ahead virtually, and which ones fall behind.

Alondra Bobadilla, a junior at Fenway High School, is the first-ever youth poet laureate for the city of Boston.
Education

‘To mend wounds ... unattended:’ A gifted young poet finds her voice in the pandemic

Only six months have gone by since a persistent chorus of teachers and friends hounded Alondra Bobadilla into applying to become Boston's first youth poet laureate. She didn’t think she had a chance of winning, and just the thought of it was terrifying: How could she ever find the courage to stand up and be vulnerable in front of her whole city?

North Andover High School pitcher Brendan Holland practiced throwing with his father in the family's yard.
Coronavirus

What might have been on the field of dreams

The coronavirus costs high school baseball stars their chance to impress college coaches.

Lisa Kincade was with her son Willie, 21, after going for a walk in their Roslindale neighborhood.
Education

For high school seniors with disabilities, school closures can feel like walking off a cliff

For high school seniors across the country, school closures have brought unique angst and logistical hurdles. But for graduates with disabilities, who often attend public schools into their 20s, the impending transition will be especially stressful.

Manuel Coronado, a senior at Brighton High School, lives with his 78-year-old grandmother. He works in a Boston nursing home, navigating risk in the age of coronavirus.
Education

Working at a nursing home in a time of unprecedented peril

As much of the city shelters in place, staying home is not an option for 20-year-old Manuel Coronado. He is the sole wage earner in his small Boston household comprising himself and his grandmother. But his job, which he loves, could put his grandmother at risk: Manuel serves meals in a local nursing home 25 to 35 hours per week.

Malaki Solo, a sixth-grader, works on his homework in his family's living room on Tuesday morning. Malaki, who is a generally confident student, has been feeling unmoored during this online learning experiment.
Education

Online, but off-kilter: A day in the life of a Boston sixth-grader

Malaki Solo is one of more than 50,000 students in Boston studying at home to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Without enough to do, the 12-year-old spends much of his time bored inside his small Dorchester apartment.