As officials mull whether and how to reopen schools come fall, parents are on the edge of their seats.
Some school districts are still looking ahead to in-person classes, as others plan to implement online options for parents who may not feel safe sending their children back to school.
For some parents, however, choosing whether to send their children back to the classroom or use online schooling options isn’t simple — especially when it comes to balancing their children’s education with work responsibilities.
“We have it good in many ways, however it’s still been a real challenge for us over the last few months,” parent Deb Perelman told KTRK.
Perelman’s husband Alex was recently laid off and the pair are struggling to juggle caring for their two children with work obligations, according to the outlet.
As the new school year looms, Perelman said she worries moms might have choose between working and taking care of their children full-time, KTRK reported.
“Childcare has always been an issue. It’s never been easy for working parents to figure out what to do with their kids all day. And this isn’t a new problem,” Perelman told the outlet. “It’s not okay to tell working parents that they should lose their livelihood. It’s not okay to say that you can go to a bar or restaurant or hair salon, but your kids can’t finish kindergarten.”
Haley Campbell, 29, decided to resign from her full-time job as an insulin pump technician in Idaho to homeschool her