As school districts throughout the U.S. confront how to safely educate students during a global pandemic, rural districts face difficult challenges. Fewer resources, racial inequity, inadequate transportation and access to broadband are exacerbated whether instruction is delivered in classrooms or online. How are teachers and students working together to learn during COVID?

This series, a collaboration of 7 nonprofit newsrooms in Oregon and across the U.S., examines how COVID-19 is changing the 2020-21 school year. The series pays close attention to the disproportionate impacts on Spanish-speaking communities, American Indian communities and those who live in poverty.

Participating newsrooms include Underscore News/Pamplin Media Group, Charlottesville Tomorrow, El Paso Matters, Iowa Watch, The Nevada Independent, New Mexico in Depth and Wisconsin Watch/The Badger Project. This collaboration funded by a grant from the Walton Family Foundation and coordinated by the Institute for Nonprofit News.