For generations, school kids went to bed dreaming about the possibility of a snow day. No one would have imagined today’s scenario. When winter storms blanketed the Midwest and moved to the East Coast, the bedtime prayers for millions of students asked higher powers that be to let them return to the classroom.
When the coronavirus pandemic first reached our shores, schools and businesses closed to help mitigate the spread. Science has taught us many things we didn’t know a year ago. For example, public health officials first suggested mask-wearing by members of the general public wasn’t necessary. Obviously, public health guidelines have evolved as the science tracks and determines what works and what doesn’t.
After shutting down in-person instruction last March, classrooms across America started the school year last fall with a mix of options, from hybrid to virtual-only, and in-person instruction. Uncertainty created hardship for parents working to balance their paying jobs while juggling hybrid or virtual learning schedules for their kids at home.
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