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July 20, 2020

I feel for exasperated students and parents who are learning that in-person classes this coming fall will be replaced with continued online teaching. I suppose that’s one of the biggest consequential takeaways of not enough people wearing masks out in public since the pandemic began in March. Sadly, this negligence has contributed to the return of skyrocketing coronavirus cases.

Seeing lock downs again is not unrealistic. So, however frustrating, and difficult, parents are taking it upon themselves to juggle job responsibilities and simultaneously making sure children get their schooling. From small “classroom bubbles” to rotating virtual learning groups, and Facebook solution groups run by parents to grandparents raising their grandchildren and stepping in to do the teaching – parents aren’t ready to compromise their kids’ education.

What is realistic is that Covid-19 will be a part of our lives for a long time to come. These “temporary” learning solutions might well become models for long-term teaching alternatives.

This is a big storm, but one we can weather. Only if we all pull together.

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