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Staff Photo by Robin Rudd / Times Free Press education reporter, Meghan Mangrum, interviews students on the first day of school at Chattanooga Preparatory School.

In our new reality that is the coronavirus crisis, things seem to change on a dime.

As reporters, it feels like we'll be chasing one update one minute and have to pivot to something new seconds later.

I'm sure our readers — students, parents, families — feel the same way.

As the education reporter, I want to make sure that we don't lose sight of the well-being of some of our most vulnerable.

Whether it is where to pick up meals for hungry kids who are going without, how the school district will pay staff suddenly sidelined by school closures or what happens to high school seniors as they try to graduate — these are my first priorities.

There will be bigger stories in the coming days, weeks and months about the long-term effects this pandemic will have on higher education, online learning and student achievement. It will affect our health care system, the economy and how we deliver information.

And we'll be there for that too. Stay with us. We are all in this together.

— Meghan Mangrum, education reporter, mmangrum@timesfreepress.com, 423-757-6592.

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