CLOSE Volunteers deliver meals to the homes of quarantined students who attend a school for children with significant disabilities on Chicago’s north side. USA TODAYCHICAGO — By day five of her at-home quarantine, Emma Burkhalter lost it.She’d already done manicures and pedicures with her mom, read books and watched her favorite shows on Disney+. But the sudden halt to all normal school and social activities since March 7 finally bubbled up to a physical outburst, one of many her mom anticipates subduing while Burkhalter stays home for two weeks because an aide at her school tested positive for coronavirus. “My daughter is combatant because she can’t go out and play,” said Erin Folan, the mother of Burkhalter, who is 20 and has an intellectual disability.As the pace of virus-related school closures quickens nationwide, the shuttered Jacqueline B. Vaughn Occupational High School, which serves students with special needs in Chicago, has become an extraordinary test case for the restrictive new reality soon to be felt by millions of kids and families across the country. Before Friday, Vaughn was the first and only Chicago Public School to close because of the virus. Staff and students were ordered to quarantine themselves at home and monitor their health from March 7 to 19. Now the school’s 220-some students and their


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