Mona Roy’s 19-year-old son, Aloke, has autism and lives in a residential program in Randolph, Massachusetts.

“We were separated, I think, for 130 days,” said Roy. “He couldn’t come home. He’s really mostly non-verbal, he didn’t fully understand.”

She also has a 16-year-old son with special needs who attends Lexington High School.

She knows being in school would be the best for him to get the attention he needs, but she also worries about his health in a crowded environment.

“Every parent will say we want our child to be safe,” said Roy. “On the other hand, if my choice is to keep him at home so that we’re all safe, and he doesn’t get the kind of education he deserves, then what am I

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