Most schools ended last year virtually, with summer behind us and the start of the new school year, many parents are having to make hard decisions.
Several city employees share with City Savvy readers, their thoughts and concerns about kids returning to school.
Latashia Washington, Senior Office Assistant
Houston Police Department – North Belt Division
I have mixed feelings about virtual learning; however I know that this will be for the benefit of my children by maintaining their health and safety.
With virtual learning I hope and pray that we are able to get homework completed and I can thoroughly explain the lesson plans their teachers provide.
Lorena deAlejandro, Assistant Operations Manager
Houston Information Technology Systems
Over the past 5+ months I have thought about nothing but keeping my family safe.
I have had restless nights worrying about the impact this global pandemic will have on my children and their education.
As we begin discussing the return to school for our children I have watched parents on social media judge other parents harshly on their decisions regarding their children.
In my children’s school district no students will return to the school building for in person classes until October 19th, with a school instruction start date of September 8th, 2020.
My children are going into 1st and 5th grade.
During my time at home with this at the end of the past school year I realized how important face to face social interaction is for out children and without a doubt how much effort our amazing teachers put into educating and caring for our children who become their children by the end of school years.
How are teachers supposed to teach and also ensure that classrooms are sanitized, desks are properly social distanced and children are abiding by the mask rules set in place for them?
Teachers are already over worked and under paid and this just adds to their responsibilities.
It worries me to watch schools reopen and endanger not only our students but our teachers as well but I understand that there are many parents who have no other alternative to sending their children to school so that they can work and provide for their families.
How do we determine what is right for one child and what is right for another?
This is not a one size fits all scenario (much to the disdain of school districts) and we cannot tackle it as such.
Many families have experiences trauma during this time and are fearful to return to school or any other public activities. What will I do with my children when the time comes?
I will send them back to school if I must because my husband and I are both essential workers and when I get the call to return to the office, I must oblige.
I believe that any choice that a parent makes for their children is one they have churned over in their minds and hearts for months and whatever choice they make is not wrong, it is what is needed.
Sams Childge, Paralegal, Real Estate Section
School started, totally online. Children stay before screen for full days. I believe that their eyesight will be damaged.
Both my wife and I work for low salary. We have to pay $800 a month for day care. That is a heavy burden for the family. I do not understand why day care can open but school cannot.