While most of the kids in Washington’s public schools are dealing with computer screens and Zoom rooms, a dozen students work diligently at their desks at Meridian Charter School, many separated by tall, three-sided partitions that were originally set up as protection against Covid-19.

Head of School Matt McCrea said administrators later realized the enclosures wouldn’t do much to prevent the spread of the virus.

Now the cardboard is optional, but more than half of the students still use them as personalized organizers – taping up calendars, decorations and schedules.”It’s all a learning experience and it’s all playing out in real-time,” McCrea said.

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