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Two little kids sit outside a Taco Bell to use WiFi so they can "go to school" online, sad reality. (Original Post) FM123 Aug 2020 OP
This is so wrong! lark Aug 2020 #1
Meanwhile MissB Aug 2020 #2
Pathetic state of affairs. Disaffected Aug 2020 #3
Libraries are probably closed. n/t Yavin4 Aug 2020 #5
"And I'm proud to be an American where at least I know I'm freeee...." Yavin4 Aug 2020 #4
The parents should communicate to the school district Zing Zing Zingbah Aug 2020 #6
Update: FM123 Aug 2020 #7

lark

(23,546 posts)
1. This is so wrong!
Mon Aug 31, 2020, 10:25 AM
Aug 2020

I wonder if their parents are homeless? I know my school district in FL made sure every student had access to Internet and would bet their school did too, but what do they do with homeless children? Our country is in a very sad state.

MissB

(15,833 posts)
2. Meanwhile
Mon Aug 31, 2020, 10:29 AM
Aug 2020

Lots of upper income folks seem to be forming pods. I’m seeing quite a few posts on my neighborhood Facebook page discussing hiring of tutors or college students to supervise the kids during the day or using a few existing area businesses to do that (businesses are exclusive gym/club type places that have set up small school desks in large rooms so kids can do their distance learning there).

It’s all very unequal and the lower income kids are going to continue to see a widening gap over the next few months.

Sitting outside the Taco Bell is doable when the weather is nice.

Disaffected

(4,708 posts)
3. Pathetic state of affairs.
Mon Aug 31, 2020, 11:27 AM
Aug 2020

Can such kids not go to a library to use the WiFi (assuming there is one within reach) or are the libraries closed too?

Yavin4

(35,580 posts)
4. "And I'm proud to be an American where at least I know I'm freeee...."
Mon Aug 31, 2020, 11:32 AM
Aug 2020

What a failed country we are. An absolute failure of a nation.

Zing Zing Zingbah

(6,496 posts)
6. The parents should communicate to the school district
Mon Aug 31, 2020, 12:40 PM
Aug 2020

that they do not have internet at home. I know my district was able to provide wifi to low income neighborhoods. The school can probably also tell them how they can get free internet at home. I believe some ISPs are offering free interent to low income families for schooling.

FM123

(10,063 posts)
7. Update:
Mon Aug 31, 2020, 01:40 PM
Aug 2020

Happily, it seems that the situation has concluded and that the mother and her children are all safe, and mostly importantly, together. The investigation that CPS and the police launched found no evidence of child neglect or endangerment. They did find that the family’s landlord was about to kick them out and essentially leave them homeless. They were able to receive help from the community and temporarily move into hotel room. (A GoFundMe page was also set up for them) https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-for-the-girls-salinas

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