September 17, 2020
New York City school officials haven’t adequately addressed numerous challenges faced by the 25,000 homeless students who live in city shelters, despite becoming aware of them in the spring, according to advocacy groups.
Among the lingering problems: Most shelters still don’t have Wi-Fi access, and some have inadequate cell reception; children aren’t allowed to stay in their shelter units without a parent, some of whom have to go to work during the day; the city’s new free childcare program will have limited capacity; and some parents haven’t received information about busing services.
Jetia Byfield’s four children are among those struggling to deal with remote learning from a shelter unit. She has to return to her job as a middle school teacher in Chinatown next week. Her children, who are between the ages of 11 and 17, have chosen remote learning. But they won’t be allowed to stay alone in their unit.