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Older NYC high school students working during coronavirus pandemic struggle


She has no time for schoolwork — so Maira Ramirez feels a pang of guilt when her phone buzzes with class assignments while she’s working double shifts at a kosher market to support her financially-strapped family during the pandemic.

“I would be at work and see the notifications pop up on Google Classrooms,” said Ramirez, a 20-year-old student at West Brooklyn Community High School — a transfer school for students who have struggled in traditional high schools.

“I’d be like ‘Damn, I can’t even do them.’”

Since the coronavirus hit and her mom lost her job as a cleaner, Ramirez has worked 12- to 14-hour shifts many days to help cover her family’s financial gaps. Sometimes she gets to work at 9 a.m. and isn’t able to get to bed until 1 a.m.. She has hardly a minute to spare for the remote learning assignments she needs to graduate this June.

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Source: Daily news