Kids are protected from COVID at home, but they’re exposed to digital junk food ads on educational platforms – unless the USDA takes action.
BY MICHELE POLACSEK AND JULIA MCCARTHYSPECIAL TO THE PRESS HERALD
When schools closed in response to COVID-19, educational platforms, websites and applications became a daily part of students’ lives. Homes replaced school buildings, and computers replaced classrooms.
Maine recently secured internet access for students facing connectivity issues so all students can learn remotely during the coronavirus pandemic. Many Maine school districts are adopting hybrid models this school year. In Portland, about 10 percent of students are expected to learn remotely full time. Depending on the school, the rest may attend classes in person for several days a week while learning online the others.