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Attendance Issues: Children are Skipping School at an Alarming Rate

The coronavirus pandemic has undoubtedly brought about many changes in our daily lives, especially when it comes to education. One of the most alarming trends that has emerged is the increasing number of kids who are missing school at a concerning rate. With schools transitioning to online learning, parents struggling to balance work and childcare responsibilities, and the overall disruption of routines, it’s no wonder that some children are slipping through the cracks.

According to recent reports, children of all ages are missing out on valuable classroom time due to various factors related to the pandemic. Some families have chosen to opt out of virtual learning altogether, citing technical difficulties or lack of access to necessary resources. Others are dealing with illness or quarantine, forcing kids to miss school for extended periods of time. And still, some students are simply falling behind due to the challenges of remote learning and lack of in-person support.

This trend of kids missing school at an alarming rate is not only worrying for their academic progress but also for their overall well-being. School provides a sense of routine, social interaction, and support for many children, and the lack of these elements can have long-term consequences. A recent study found that students who miss too much school are more likely to drop out and struggle academically in the future.

As the education system continues to navigate the challenges of the pandemic, it’s crucial that parents, educators, and policymakers work together to address the issue of kids missing school. This may involve providing additional resources and support for families, implementing strategies to engage students in virtual learning, and finding creative solutions to ensure that all children have access to quality education, whether in-person or online.

In light of this concerning trend, it’s important for news outlets to continue reporting on the issue of kids missing school at an alarming rate. One exemplary article that highlights this topic and provides valuable insights is “The Impact of the Pandemic on Students’ Attendance: Why Kids Are Missing School at an Alarming Rate” published by The New York Times. This article delves into the various reasons behind the increase in school absenteeism, offers expert opinions on the matter, and discusses potential solutions to address the issue.

Overall, the pandemic has significantly changed the landscape of education and families’ lives. By staying informed and actively working to support our children’s education, we can help mitigate the negative impacts of kids missing school and ensure that every child has the opportunity to thrive academically and personally.

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Forest Lawn Drive now free of RV encampment and parking

Nancy Sexton was thrilled when city crews cleared out more than 50 RVs in December that had been parked near her business for months, blocking parking spots and leaving behind trash and waste on Forest Lawn Drive.

Then she realized the long stretch of road near Barham Boulevard in the Hollywood Hills was suddenly off limits for not just parked RVs, but all parked vehicles. Much of the curb was painted red. No parking signs lined the sidewalk.

“It’s a dumb decision,” said Sexton, who owns the Muse Rooms, which offers leased office spaces. “It’s frustrating.”

The more than 50 RVs, which had been stationed along the winding road for months as a semi-permanent living encampment, were removed in December as part of the city’s operation known as Inside Safe. One goal of the program, which is part of Mayor Karen Bass’ initiative to bring people living on the streets indoors, is to end the cycle of homeless encampments being cleared by the city only to return a few weeks later.

But days after the RVs were removed, Sexton said, the curb was painted red and parking was limited. The new red zone is about a quarter mile long, running between Warner Bros. Studios’ Gate 9 entrance and North Coyote Canyon Drive.

The areas that do allow parking, meanwhile, have two-hour limits.

City officials also said the decision to restrict parking was done out of fire safety concerns, not to keep the RVs from resettling along the road. Sexton has her doubts.

The lack of parking along the street suddenly imposed a new, unexpected expense on her clients, prompting some to look elsewhere. The red curb has also become an irritation for some students and workers at the New York Film Academy and businesses nearby.

A road with RVs lining its right side.

RVs are parked on Forest Lawn Drive on June 27, 2023, in Burbank.

(David McNew/Getty Images)

Since the no-parking signs went up, Sexton said, she’s lost two regular members and two potential clients. All of them had aired concern about the lack of street parking and the added expense of paying $12 a day at the parking structure on site.

The parking fee, Sexton said, doubled the monthly costs for some members.

“I didn’t know how much of a problem it was going to be until there were people saying, ‘I can’t pay $12 a day,’ ” she said. “I’m really feeling it now.”

The situation highlights some of the unintended results as city officials look to address homelessness and the concerns of businesses and homeowners affected by makeshift encampments, whether they involve tents, vehicles, or both.

RV encampments have sprung up across the city amid a housing crisis that has left many people priced out of permanent homes. Local officials have looked for ways to address the issue, including new regulations that have targeted overnight RV parking.

According to the mayor’s office, the Inside Safe program has addressed 39 encampments so far, moving more than 2,400 people into interim housing and an additional 440 into permanent housing since December 2022.

Bass spokesperson Zach Seidl said the RVs that were removed from Forest Lawn Drive were themselves causing parking issues in the area, as well as raising other significant safety and public health concerns.

Members of the surrounding community have said removing the RVs “has helped on all three fronts,” Seidl said in a statement. “This operation has saved lives.

Stella Stahl, spokesperson for Councilmember Nithya Raman, said the city has helped many of the RV residents along Forest Lawn Drive to find housing indoors.

In a statement, Stahl credited the decision to limit parking to a request by the Los Angeles Fire Department, which called the area a “high fire severity zone.” A 2019 brush fire in the area burned more than 30 acres and threatened homes and businesses.

In a Sept. 19, 2023, letter, LAFD Assistant Chief Dean Zipperman asked the city Department of Transportation to install “Tow Away No Stopping Any Time” restrictions on the road due to the stopped and parked vehicles there.

To avoid the hassle of looking for parking, cinematography students Sanchin Vinay, Yifan Xiang, and Davide Picci carpool to their classes at the New York Film Academy, which shares a building with the Muse Rooms. Eliminating the RVs has opened some spots to them, although Picci said they’d been able to find spaces on the street before — “really far down.”

A couch on a sidewalk near an RV.

The curb along Forest Lawn Drive, where someone has left a couch.

(Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)

Sometimes they pay the $12 for the daily parking to avoid being late for class. Carpooling helps cushion the cost.

Leslie Bates, a film production instructor, said she heard of students and faculty members having “volatile” interactions with the RV residents.

Now that the RVs have

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