The noisy renovations at the house next door aren’t getting in the way of 15-year-old Daija Showers’ schoolwork. Her eyes are glued to her laptop as she stares down her geometry work.

“It’s kind of hard, but I will get it … eventually,” she says. “I find school very important to me because of the road that I want to take.”

Daija wants to be an attorney. She was concerned about how being an at-home learner as a freshman at Lincoln High School would impact her studies, but her mom didn’t want to take any chances with COVID-19. Daija’s younger brother is undergoing chemotherapy for a mass near his lung. They have been virtual students for the entire 2020-21 school year.

“I found it hard at first with the complications of the computer, but I got used to it.”

In January, Daija became one of the first Dallas ISD students to test a new way to access the internet at home. Only 50…

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