The pandemic upended enrollment across California's community colleges. Students dropped out or elected not to enroll after facing problems with child care, jobs, family illness and frustration with taking courses online.
When students realize that moving back home with family or friends is not an option, campus resources become lifeboats. Learning to tap into those resources by any means available becomes a crucial life skill for such students.
Distance learning has challenged students and teachers to create a new learning experience. As students in the West Contra Costa Unified School District in the San Francisco Bay Area describe, they faced challenges around learning and orders to stay at home.