From left, sisters Marlene and Jocelyn Meraz sit on the steps of their home with their mother, Cynthia Brito Millan on July 2, 2021, in Oak Park. (Alex Rogals/Staff Photographer)

The Wednesday Journal and Evanston RoundTable newsrooms explored various aspects of how two high school districts in similar Chicago suburbs – -Oak Park and Evanston — addressed the social/emotional needs of students, particularly students of color, after the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted their lives in March 2020. 

Each newsroom explored the various solutions deployed by administrators in those respective high school districts and the community’s responses to those solutions. 

The two pieces are part of a collaboration that includes the Institute for Nonprofit News, The Beacon/KCUR; Bridge Michigan/Side Effects Public Media; Cicero Independiente/South Side Weekly; Detour Detroit/Planet Detroit/Tostada Magazine; Evanston RoundTable/Growing Community Media; Madison 365/Wausau Pilot & Review; and MinnPost/Sahan Journal.

The project was made possible by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation with additional support from INN’s Amplify News Project and the Solutions Journalism Network.

Read each of the stories by clicking the links below:

OPRF confronts Catch-22 – stress, F’s and more stress

How Evanston educators responded to COVID-19

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