Americans are trying to adapt to a new way of life in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic. Parents with school age children have been challenged with trying to maintain a safe household, while making sure their child’s education doesn’t fall beneath standards.
Since schools began to close in early March, school officials began to implement technology into their curriculum with online distant learning. Many schools have begun to use Google or Zoom apps to keep the lines of communication and learning open between them and the students who have been confined at home since the pandemic caused stay-at-home quarantine orders to be established.
Distant learning has its pros and cons, as teachers are available and online for support and advice from students during virtual classroom hours. The virtual classrooms make it possible for teachers and students to interact with each other daily and continue the school year until it is safe to return. However, for those households without internet, computers, and other devices to keep them connected for online learning, this could definitely pose a challenge.
“They are trying to fit 8 hours of work into each day. That is so unrealistic for our circumstances right now. They are setting our kids up for failure“, states a parent of 4 school age children.
“It’s especially rough for parents with no internet, printer, ink or paper for the printer, because certain teachers want things submitted a certain way for credit. I’m not made of money. Especially not being an essential worker“.
Some schools have given loaner laptops to students and utility companies have offered discounted internet services, but many parents say that curriculum has changed so much, that some of the homework is difficult for them. “They have a whole new way of figuring out math problems from when I was coming up. Sometimes I have to sit in on a session with the teacher”.
With hopes of returning to some level of normalcy, many parents believe that the school year is over. Some speculate that their children will not be returning back to school. Although, there are no talks of summer school to make up for lost time, there are talks that many elementary, grade and high school students will be passed on to the next grade.