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Parents Respond to Back-to-School Plans

Local schools have begun announcing plans for the fall. 517 Magazine spoke to a few parents for their reactions.

Local schools are coming out with announcements for how they plan to start the school year, and area parents are chiming in.

Holt parent Amy Berry planned on sending her two kids to school until Holt very recently announced a 100% remote learning plan.

“I feel mental health and social skills for kids are outweighing the physical risk right now if proper precautions are upheld,” Berry said.

Berry was disappointed to hear the in person option was being taken off the table.

Asking to be anonymous, a parent in DeWitt Public Schools shared that parent surveys seem to lean toward about 50% of parents wanting their kids to go back to school.

“My family has decided to keep our kids home and participate in the virtual option,” the parent said. “Are we worried about sending our kids back? Absolutely.”

The DeWitt parent is also worried about his or her spouse, who teaches within the school system and is now faced with a decision on keeping the job — because of both health concerns as well as the need to stay home with the children.

As a grandparent and great-grandparent who takes care of three children of family members, Lansing resident Abbie Hunt strongly supports the online approach the Lansing School District is taking.

“As someone who has both learned in and taught online classes, I find myself hoping that the school district has come up with a really good model,” said Hunt.

A scroll through several Facebook groups show opinions vary greatly, with major concerns being about who will care for the kids if a parent has gone back to work and the expense of needed materials including computers or iPads.

Berry’s words may resonate with some.

“We should give extra grace and empathy to others right now,” she said. “It’s is all so confusing”.



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