“Essential workers,” ”Front-line workers,” “Everyday heroes,” these are some of the terms we’ve been hearing with more frequency since COVID-19 brought our normal lives to a screeching halt. These terms invoke visual images, such as medical providers, law enforcement, firefighters, workers in residential facilities, etc.

For those of us in the field of public education, we’ve been pondering whether we, too, are “essential” and if so, what this means for our work in these times.

Christine Miller is the executive director of Vida Charter School. For more information about Vida Charter School, visit www.vidacharterschool.com.

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