With many school years altered due to the coronavirus pandemic, many parents and students are being forced to adapt to a new normal.
Sagan Williams and her 8-year-old son recently decided he will be using a hybrid of online and in-school learning this year.
“I’m still stuck in the sense of am I doing the right thing for him,” Williams said.
Williams says the decision was a tough one, she works full time and found balancing her job with her son’s schoolwork was difficult.
“It’s not feasible for me,” she said. “If I was just a stay home mom without the work accommodations I think I would be able to [but] I just, I can’t.”
But even with those challenges, she says she wasn’t ready for her son to go back to school full time, so she found a way to bridge to the gap.
Chasity carr is a former teacher in ascension parish. She recently created “Smarty Pants,” an option for parents who don’t want their kids to go back to school but aren’t able to keep them home.
“Nine times out of 10 the working parent is not a teacher and so they aren’t sitting in the classroom all day they don’t know whats going on inside of a classroom,” carr said.
Carr accepts kids from Pre-K to 5th grade. Her program will have multiple sessions each day, and only a few students will be allowed per session so they can socially distance.
“[There’s] between 400 and 800 kids in a school,” Carr said. “This place will only house in the morning for the face to face home school up to 10 children.”
The YMCA is also offering a distance learning program from 7 am to 6 pm. Virtual learning will take place during the assigned school schedule but afterward children will enjoy activities.
Williams says the transition hasn’t been easy, but she’s happy to see new options for working moms like herself.
Here’s a link to carr’s website: https://www.Thesmartypantsway.Com