COFI Parent Speaks About Coronavirus Pandemic Effects

“[COFI parent leader Orzella] Denton hasn’t been outside since schools closed. Her food supply is nearly gone. She didn’t know that Chicago Public Schools offered food delivery.

A relative drops off groceries when she can. Denton said she has tried to stave off anxiety by emulating her daughters’ school schedules down to recess breaks, where they do stretches and jump up and down in the apartment. She doesn’t have a laptop or iPad, so they read books and work on sight words.

Rent and utilities are immediate concerns, said Denton, who was hospitalized earlier this school year. ‘I let my light bill get up high and I let my gas get up high, ’cause I’ve been sick. I’m just trying to keep up.’”

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