"Poor kids are poor in almost every way."
Having served poor kids/families in rural, urban, and suburban settings (for over 40 years), I am convinced of the accuracy of that health official's assertion. There is clearly a multi-dimensional insidiousness to poverty.
I fiercely believe that quality public schools are the best chance that poor kids have of breaking the cycle of poverty that so persistently limits their prospects for happy, productive, and self-actualizing futures.
When public schools shifted away from face-to-face service last March, I immediately told my lovely bride of 43 years (Moe) that poor kids would suffer disproportionately. That the learning gaps we had been so focused on closing would only widen. I believe the evidence is bearing that out.
I worry mightily for the wellbeing of those poor kids. The longer public schools remain closed to face-to-face service, the higher price poor kids will pay.