Parents struggle with back-to-work season amid school closures

Emily Shalant is on deadline. 

She is launching her eponymous fashion line at Coterie, a post-Fashion Week trade show that starts Sunday at the Javits Convention Center. Shalant, a 20-year veteran of the fashion industry who was laid off at the start of the pandemic, cannot overstate the importance of the moment.

“This is the biggest thing for my line that could exist,” she said.

Shalant is also a single parent of two children who attend city public schools. On Tuesday, the second day of school, she learned her fourth grader would have to stay home for the next 10 days because another child in the classroom tested positive

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