The coronavirus pandemic has led to speculation that this fall many high school seniors may elect to take a gap year – a year off from school during which they would travel or work or engage in other forms of personal development before beginning their college eduction. A gap year may prove to be an attractive option – even an advisable experience – that better prepares students to make the most of college when they do enroll.

However, different, and far more serious, gaps exist for thousands of high school students across the county, and the pandemic is only widening the already huge divide between students based on socioeconomic standing, between the haves and the have-nots.

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