The last time Blandí Rodas walked out the door of her mobile home in Talent, Ore., school was the primary thought on her mind. All summer her 7-year old daughter, Kailyn, had talked of nothing else. She couldn’t wait to see her friends — even if it was just through a screen. After months of anticipation, online-only classes were to commence the next day.
“She was so excited to go back to school,” said Rodas, 36. “She always looked at the calendar, saying, ‘Mommy, when we’re gonna go back to school?’”
On the morning of September 8, Kailyn stayed at home while her mother and 11-year-old sister, Evelyn, went to Talent Middle School to pick up a Chromebook lent to her by the school district to assist with distance learning. Then Rodas took off for her job at a local retirement community, leaving the two girls at home with their