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‘A Lot of Them Choose Work’: As Teens Pile on Jobs to Help Their Families, Schools Strive to Keep Tabs on Students They Haven’t Seen in a Year

Linda Jacobson, The 74 |

For many teens, a year of the coronavirus has meant not only the loss of in-person learning and time with friends, but added shifts at convenience stores and retail shops to help keep their families afloat during the recession. As kids adapt, many of their teachers and schools are improvising as well, extending deadlines and creating new ways to stay in touch.

The huge workload is leaving many students stressed out, and some teachers worry they’re in danger of becoming a statistic: the estimated 1 out of 20 teens who drop out of high school each year, according to federal data.

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