1.7 million American kids cant go to school because of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey — and it could have disastrous consequences

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  • We have friends, family and clients whose lives are being touched and impacted in a very challenging way right now with the hurricane – we’re praying each day for them, their families and their companies and their communities
  • This was a challenging article to see how this is affecting children with their schooling
  • Six of the largest school districts in the United States have closed due to the devastating effects — both real and anticipated — of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma
  • These six districts — Houston Independent, Orange County, Broward County, Miami-Dade County, Hillsborough County, and Puerto Rico Department of Education — serve 1.65 million students in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico
  • Closures of this magnitude are not normal in the education world, and so there is little hard data on what will happen to kids long-term
  • The best evidence comes from previous natural disasters, with Hurricane Katrina being the most recent example
  • Nine months after Katrina engulfed Louisiana’s shores, the average New Orleans family had already moved 3.5 times and 20% of kids were missing 10 or more days of school per month or hadn’t enrolled at all
  • Five years after the storm hit, one report found, 40% of families still didn’t have stable housing, and 34% of kids had been held back, nearly twice the regional average at the time
  • The article touches on the stress and challenges that are introduced into a child’s life following a natural disaster like this – just weighs on my heart.

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1.7 million American kids cant go to school because of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey — and it could have disastrous consequences