As Parents Push to End Virtual Learning, Some Local Districts Are Returning Students to School

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With Montgomery County incident and positivity rates creating a window of opportunity, Lower Merion School District has decided to begin the gradual return to school. Image via The Philadelphia Inquirer.

As parents continue to press for an end to virtual learning, some local school districts are opting to gradually start returning students to schools, write Maddie Hanna, Kristen A. Graham, and Melanie Burney for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

While some parents were pleasantly surprised by this fall’s online learning that turned out not to be as much of a challenge as they were envisioning, others are facing major difficulties.

For Christina Jarosz’s two children in the Hatboro-Horsham School District, virtual schooling has been a challenge.

“My 13-year-old has started drinking coffee, and I don’t know whether that’s a good parenting decision or a bad parenting decision,” she said. “But he needs it. This is really hard for him.”

In response to parent’s concerns, Lower Merion School District announced earlier this week it will begin a phased reopening by returning kindergartners to school the week of September 29. By the week of October 19, all grades should return.

“We realize that virtual instruction is not ideal, especially for our youngest learners,” said spokesperson Amy Buckman.

Read more about the issue at The Philadelphia Inquirer by clicking here.

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