Administration & Community
Covid-19 and social distancing have left indelible impacts on communities. As schools close for in-person instruction, state and local governments scramble to provide services to families while children cope with the separation from friends, teachers, and other school support. Communities seek to bridge a growing divide between generations suddenly kept apart in order to mitigate spread, and outbreaks in nursing homes led to widespread no-visitor policies that furthered this separation. Many parents face the challenges of educating their children, continuing their own work, and caring for aging parents, often distantly. Numerous schools and districts have responded with new curricula and flexible schedules that encourage family activities, care of siblings and elders, and practising skills such as cooking that teach academic concepts while focusing on care and cohesion of families.