Millions of children have returned to the classroom, while others have opted to continue distance learning. But one group of families says there’s no choice involved for them, and their needs are being forgotten. 15-year-old Zach Silva was excited to start high school in-person, but his hoped-for return to the classroom has not worked out as planned. Silva has Mitochondrial Disease, which causes cognitive delays, mobility and speech impairments. The teen has a special education plan and, at school, he would normally have a one-on-one aide by his side. But with COVID-19 social distancing protocols, aides aren’t going into students’ home, instead offering help virtually. 
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