How two New York schools became models for coping in a pandemic

By: | July 31, 2020

Around 3 a.m. one day this past spring, a math teacher at Mott Haven Academy was stirred awake by the buzz of a text message. It was from a student, who wrote that his mother had just died from the coronavirus.

The Bronx charter school, still in the process of switching to remote learning, sprang into action. The child’s teachers huddled to plan both for his grieving process and how to soothe his classmates, and the school helped the family cover funeral costs.

Mott Haven Academy was unusually well prepared to confront a death in the community — and to help its students weather the coronavirus — because it was built to handle crises.

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