One after another, states closed their schools as the pandemic swept across the nation last March. For America’s students and their families, so much has changed: Students have learned to live without in-person classes, sports, proms, friends and teachers — and to live with remote classes on laptops, in quarantine.
Across the country photographers captured moments of loss, loneliness and fear — and also glimmers of hope and humanity. We’ve assembled 52 iconic photos to document those 52 unforgettable weeks. You can search our full photo history right here; and also watch the video above for a few of the notable standouts. As produced by 74 Video Director James Fields, here’s the past year in pandemic schooling — in 80 seconds.
—Edited By James Fields