Education under siege: Maine’s poorest schools facing ‘uncharted waters’ in the age of COVID

 

Cathy Roy and Faith Owen review allergies of specific children while putting together lunches at the Thomas J. McMahon Elementary School in Lewiston. The Lewiston district, like many across Maine, offers free breakfast and lunch to all students, and sends food home so no one goes hungry. Andree Kehn/Sun Journal Buy this Photo

LEWISTON — Christal Smith’s two oldest kids have always struggled in school. When COVID-19 shut down in-person classes at their Lewiston elementary school last spring, their learning all but stopped.

“There was no organization. There was no schedule. There were no plans,” said Smith, 31. “There was

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