Zooming In

A Boston Family’s Back-to-School Journey Amid COVID-19

Leiya Silveira

13, Hyde Park

Leiya is a seventh grader at the Eliot School in Boston, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, she has been learning remotely through Zoom.

Leiya has dyslexia and ADHD, which require special programs and extra assistance with learning.

Fabienne Eliacin

Hyde Park

Fabienne is a board member of CPLAN, a parent-led volunteer non-profit organization aimed at improving education policy in Boston.

When schools closed due to the pandemic, CPLAN launched a learning pod at the Lena Park Community Center, where a small group of students can learn together with the support of volunteers.

Boston Public Schools started the academic year remotely, but on Oct. 1 offered an in-person learning option to high-needs students. Some parents, including Fabienne, chose for their children to continue remote learning.

On Oct. 15, Boston City Hall and the Zakim Bridge were illuminated in red to raise awareness about dyslexia.

Leiya continues to take dance classes over Zoom, but Fabienne says she misses the social interaction of in-person classes and playing team sports.