Outbreaks strand some students at home with minimal learning

              Five-year-old Berkeley Goss reads through his favorite book about bugs inside his Monroe, N.C. home. His parents, Jeff and Emily Goss chose to pull him out of the Union County School District where he had attended the first week of in-person kindergarten fearing the lack of mask requirements would lead to a COVID-19 infection for Berkeley or his at-risk family members. (AP Photo/Sarah Blake Morgan)
              Five-year-old Berkeley Goss reviews class work with his mother, Emily, inside their Monroe, N.C. home on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. Berkeley was forced to quarantine after a classmate tested positive for COVID-19 during the first week of in-person kindergarten. He was among seven thousand students to do so in the Union County School District where leaders have chosen not to require masks and end contact tracing. (AP Photo/Sarah Blake Morgan)
              Emily Goss goes over school work at the kitchen table with her five-year-old son inside their Monroe, N.C., home on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. The Goss' have decided to homeschool Berkeley after the Union County school district chose not to implement a mask mandate for children. (AP Photo/Sarah Blake Morgan)
            Jeff and Emily Goss read with their five-year-old son on Monday, September 13th, 2021 inside their Monroe, N.C. home. After a year of strict quarantining, the Goss' were eager for Berkeley to begin in-person learning in the Union County School District. But after board members chose not to require children to wear masks and eliminate contact tracing procedures, the Goss' decided to homeschool Berkeley. (AP Photo/Sarah Blake Morgan)