By Elizabeth Román on April 26, 2021
SPRINGFIELD — Natasha Valentin made the difficult decision to drop out of high school in 2019 to take care of her son. The pressures of being a new mother and keeping up with course work were too much. Principal Calvin Johnson said the school found ways to use the remote learning requirements to help some non traditional students including young mothers and fathers, older students and those who have to work full-time jobs.
“One thing COVID has done is that it has changed education in a real way. So many of our students are working now, so many are taking care of loved ones at a higher rate than when the pandemic started. What the school realized is that it had to design some new approaches for our students to engage with us and find success,” Johnson said.
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