Bria Parkman-McCullough, high school teacher in Bridgeport, prepares for her class at a cafe. ÒI try my best to get to know their backgrounds even when they’re in a virtual setting because I feel like thatÕs what helps you connect with the students,” she said. “Those students who are on the fence about ‘should I come into school’ or ‘should I log into school or not?’ When you build that connection with them, that makes all the difference.Ó

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