At Pin Oak Middle School, Elise Friou gets intensive reading instruction. She’s 13 years old, in sixth grade and has Down syndrome. While her mom Jane Friou says she’s made a lot of progress, Elise still reads somewhere on a second-grade level.
Keeping up with reading isn’t what worries her mom the most, though, with school closed. She’s more concerned about Elise keeping in touch with other kids.
“People give her energy, and just saying hi to people in the hallway and eating lunch with friends is as important to her as learning is to me,” Friou said.