Tracking Down LAUSD’s ‘Missing’ Kids Takes Its Toll on Teachers

Tens of thousands of students in the state’s largest public school district are not logging on to online classes. And LAUSD’s attempts to check in are becoming a growing cause for concern.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the district has been unable to make contact with 8,400 high school students (7%).

One of the teachers going the extra mile is Keara Williams, who leads an Advanced Placement English class. Three weeks into the school closures, the Times reports that two-thirds of her juniors have been MIA.

Some kids have had problems with the programs the schools use. Some lack internet access. Others may feel depressed and are having a hard time coping.

It’s not easy for Williams either.

“I miss my kids. I miss them so much,” she told the Times. “I just want to... I want to help them. I want to teach them. I think I’m getting a little emotional. I wish I was in a class and I wish I had my white board and my marker and I wish I had all of them in one room because it is not easy.”

She is doing the best she can in bizarre, unfamiliar territory.

No one is exactly sure how long this will last, but it doesn’t look like it’s going to end anytime soon.