By Sam Bojarski

More than 260,000 New York City public school students have already opted for fully remote instruction this school year. Others will still learn remotely, with in-person instruction one to three days per week, a measure designed to limit the spread of coronavirus.

To help parents assist children, Haitian-American District 45 Councilmember Farah Louis has called on the city Department of Education (DOE) to establish remote learning training. Teachers who have dealt with remote learning since the spring have noted the gaps in technology literacy, as well as the particular challenges faced by new English speakers. 

Public School No. 6 in Flatbush. Photo by Sam Bojarski

“If the kid’s struggling, the parents are struggling,” said Rita Joseph, who serves as both an ENL and technology coordinator at PS 6, a public school in Flatbush with a high population of English language learners. 

“My kid wouldn’t struggle, because I’m tech savvy,” added Joseph, who has a daughter who attends public school and is running in next year’s election to represent District 40 in city council. 


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Sam is a reporter for The Haitian Times and a 2020 Report for America fellow. He has covered Haiti and its diaspora since 2018. His work has also appeared in USA Today, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and...