A pandemic invention, learning pods live on in some school districts

CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. — With grape juice and Chex Combine at hand, and their little sister busy coloring close by, Jenashia and Nevaeh Aponte settled down at a desk with Sara Rubio, their “pod chief.”

It was Halloween afternoon and the primary flooring of the McKenna Middle — a renovated Victorian home situated throughout the road from Central Falls Excessive Faculty in Rhode Island — was abuzz with youngsters chatting and admiring each other’s costumes. However the sisters’ consideration was squarely on Rubio: There have been solely 4 days left earlier than lecturers started finalizing first-quarter grades, and the ladies wanted her assist.

Jenashia, a sophomore, pulled out a folder together with her biology challenge, whereas her sister Nevaeh, a freshman, checked her grades on-line. Attributable to an sickness within the household, she had missed the deadline to take her Algebra I portfolio examination. Her math instructor had simply knowledgeable her that she must wait and take it subsequent yr.

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