CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (Iowa's News Now) — Many students for the Cedar Rapids Community School District are still learning online only, after the derecho damaged every single building for the district.
However, that left parents and students still learning English, scrambling to find out how to navigate this new world.
This led to a case worker at the Catherine McAuley Center reaching out to families who seek resources there, which includes many refugees.
It turned out, many parents didn’t know what online learning actually entailed, or how to make it happen.
Also, many families didn’t have a way to get online.
“There was nobody to help us and the network wasn’t working that well, like 30 seconds and you get kicked out of the meeting,” said Kasa Mukucha, a CRCSD student utilizing the center.
This led to the center opening up their new building for students who need extra help, or need internet access.
“Other students is home because they have network, but us, we don’t have network,” said Anna Kasore, another student using the center.
A few teachers from CRCSD are at the center every day, helping provide assistance to students utilizing this space.