School bells have stopped ringing as COVID-19 has forced students and educators to stay home for the rest of the 2019-2020 academic school year.
While students may be enjoying what feels like an extended “break,” LS2group parents explain how the pressure is on to navigate distance learning and educational activities as they also balance working from home.
“It’s a juggling act to be sure,” said Aaron Clutts, creative director. “My wife does the lion’s share of the teaching since her place of business was temporarily shut down. But there are quite a few mini-breaks in the day where I can step in and keep them entertained.”
Teachers and school districts throughout the state have made lessons and resources available online to keep students engaged. While these resources have helped ease some of the pressure off parents, keeping their kids interested can still be a struggle.
“It is challenging to keep all my kids occupied and interested,” said Lindsay Witte, vice president, director of finance. “In addition to utilizing our school district’s online resources, we also try to get the kids outside to play as much as possible.”
Parents are thankful for the creativity of teachers and schools to keep students connected and the extra efforts they’re making to be as accessible to parents and students as possible.
“Our child’s teacher has had themed class meetings,” said Charlotte Eby, managing director of government affairs. “For instance, one day was Hat Day, which the kids loved as it allowed them to dress up in a silly hat if they chose. I believe the best part is the chance for students to interact with other students their age who they miss seeing every day.”
Along with keeping their kids busy, parents who have been forced to work from home have had to find unique ways to adjust their schedules to find the perfect balance.
“I have been starting my workday a lot earlier so that I can still accomplish my work and not get too behind from interruptions. My husband is also working from home so we try to tag team as best as we can,” Witte said.
Overall, during these uncertain times, parents are rooting for one another and reminding each other what is important to keep in mind.
“The best advice I heard was that, even at school, kids don’t constantly learn for eight hours,” Clutts said. “Give yourself a break as a parent and try not to cram too much schooling in every day.”