The New Normal: Lesson planning for a pandemic

Kindergarten teacher Caitlin McNulty helps keep education accessible, safe and equitable during the coronavirus lockdown.

Caitlin McNulty stands outside a closed playground covered in caution tape, a common sight in the coronavirus pandemic. During Washington state’s COVID-19 lockdown, McNulty reflects on the emotional impact of isolation on her students.

"I'm worried that my grandparents are going to die." "I'm worried that when I come back to school not all my friends will be there." These are some of the statements that Caitlin McNulty, a kindergarten teacher in Shoreline School District's North City Elementary, has to navigate. Teaching remotely from her apartment, McNulty and her colleagues have faced many challenges as they aim to provide an equitable education to students in isolation during the coronavirus pandemic.


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