The good news – and more than good, in some ways it feels miraculous – is that 11-year-old Phoebe South is genuinely looking forward to starting secondary school in September. “I feel quite excited about it now,” she tells me, from a beach in Devon where she’s on holiday with

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People who work at grocery stores can't work from home. Here, Anthony Capone, a Vons supervisor in Torrance, greets customers in April. <span class=(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)" class="lazyload" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://i1.wp.com/media.zenfs.com/en/la_times_articles_853/0092adce902ce3792a9282643a3598c2?w=75&resize=75 75w, https://i1.wp.com/media.zenfs.com/en/la_times_articles_853/0092adce902ce3792a9282643a3598c2?w=100&resize=100 100w, https://i1.wp.com/media.zenfs.com/en/la_times_articles_853/0092adce902ce3792a9282643a3598c2?w=150&resize=150 150w, https://i1.wp.com/media.zenfs.com/en/la_times_articles_853/0092adce902ce3792a9282643a3598c2?w=240&resize=240 240w, https://i1.wp.com/media.zenfs.com/en/la_times_articles_853/0092adce902ce3792a9282643a3598c2?w=320&resize=320 320w, https://i1.wp.com/media.zenfs.com/en/la_times_articles_853/0092adce902ce3792a9282643a3598c2?w=500&resize=500 500w, https://i1.wp.com/media.zenfs.com/en/la_times_articles_853/0092adce902ce3792a9282643a3598c2?w=640&resize=640 640w, https://i1.wp.com/media.zenfs.com/en/la_times_articles_853/0092adce902ce3792a9282643a3598c2?w=800&resize=800 800w, https://i1.wp.com/media.zenfs.com/en/la_times_articles_853/0092adce902ce3792a9282643a3598c2?w=1024&resize=1024 1024w, https://i1.wp.com/media.zenfs.com/en/la_times_articles_853/0092adce902ce3792a9282643a3598c2?w=1280&resize=1280 1280w, https://i1.wp.com/media.zenfs.com/en/la_times_articles_853/0092adce902ce3792a9282643a3598c2?w=1600&resize=1600 1600w" data-src="https://i1.wp.com/media.zenfs.com/en/la_times_articles_853/0092adce902ce3792a9282643a3598c2" data-src="https://i1.wp.com/media.zenfs.com/en/la_times_articles_853/0092adce902ce3792a9282643a3598c2"/
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The Los Angeles Unified School District and United Teachers Los Angeles agreed upon a deal for online learning just before the first day of school on Aug. 18. <span class=(Los Angeles Times)" class="lazyload" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://i1.wp.com/media.zenfs.com/en/la_times_articles_853/1d7737e6b0af64eb3edf4e951c9a4194?w=75&resize=75 75w, https://i1.wp.com/media.zenfs.com/en/la_times_articles_853/1d7737e6b0af64eb3edf4e951c9a4194?w=100&resize=100 100w, https://i1.wp.com/media.zenfs.com/en/la_times_articles_853/1d7737e6b0af64eb3edf4e951c9a4194?w=150&resize=150 150w, https://i1.wp.com/media.zenfs.com/en/la_times_articles_853/1d7737e6b0af64eb3edf4e951c9a4194?w=240&resize=240 240w, https://i1.wp.com/media.zenfs.com/en/la_times_articles_853/1d7737e6b0af64eb3edf4e951c9a4194?w=320&resize=320 320w, https://i1.wp.com/media.zenfs.com/en/la_times_articles_853/1d7737e6b0af64eb3edf4e951c9a4194?w=500&resize=500 500w, https://i1.wp.com/media.zenfs.com/en/la_times_articles_853/1d7737e6b0af64eb3edf4e951c9a4194?w=640&resize=640 640w, https://i1.wp.com/media.zenfs.com/en/la_times_articles_853/1d7737e6b0af64eb3edf4e951c9a4194?w=800&resize=800 800w, https://i1.wp.com/media.zenfs.com/en/la_times_articles_853/1d7737e6b0af64eb3edf4e951c9a4194?w=1024&resize=1024 1024w, https://i1.wp.com/media.zenfs.com/en/la_times_articles_853/1d7737e6b0af64eb3edf4e951c9a4194?w=1280&resize=1280 1280w, https://i1.wp.com/media.zenfs.com/en/la_times_articles_853/1d7737e6b0af64eb3edf4e951c9a4194?w=1600&resize=1600 1600w" data-src="https://i1.wp.com/media.zenfs.com/en/la_times_articles_853/1d7737e6b0af64eb3edf4e951c9a4194" data-src="https://i1.wp.com/media.zenfs.com/en/la_times_articles_853/1d7737e6b0af64eb3edf4e951c9a4194"/
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Katrina Mulligan says her decision to organize a homeschooling “pod” – a modern version of a one-room schoolhouse, with a small group of parents splitting the cost of hiring teachers – wasn’t done lightly.

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread across the nation, she’s grown increasingly wary about her

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