Districts with more resources and technology are better prepared for this type of interruption. In Forsyth County, Georgia, where only 15% of students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, the district can hand out hot spots for students who need them, and an existing multilingual messaging app helps keep parents informed.
Equity and access are additional concerns when it comes to online learning caused by coronavirus closures. Colin Seale, an attorney and educator, writes in Forbes that current education practices already fail to provide ELL students with equal access to education. The transition to online learning could put ELL students even further behind.