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NYC schools facing unprecedented levels of chronic absenteeism

04.22.2022 | NY Daily News | “The DOE really asked a lot of parents during the pandemic. It’s a much harder ask for parents who don’t speak English,” said Rita Rodriguez-Engberg, the director of the Immigrant Students’ Rights Project at Advocates for Children.

Orquiria, a Bronx mother of two city public school students learning English, said delays in receiving city-issued iPads and difficulty understanding how to access virtual classes contributed to her kids’ frequent absences last year.

“They missed many of their classes,” said the Bronx mom, who asked to use only her first name to protect her kids’ privacy. Read article