Parents ‘devastated’ they can’t walk their toddler in class for first day of school amid COVID-19

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Parents of incoming kindergarten and pre-k students say they’re heartbroken they won’t be able to walk their little one in on their first day of school.

In a few short weeks, three-year-old Raegan will be starting school for the first time.

Usually on the first day of school for kindergarteners and pre-k students parents walk their children in so they can get acclimated and to help ease any nerves. But this year Raegan and many others won’t get that opportunity.

“It’s kind of upsetting for me,” Victoria McNichols said.

Officials say coronavirus state guidelines are only allowing essential visitors in the school. This means Raegan’s mom will have to say her goodbyes from the car.

“She really is attached to me… I think she needs that push to get into the door versus someone taking her,” McNichols said.

Mcnichols says she understands the school wanting everyone to be safe but thinks there should be an exception for the little ones.

“It’s a very emotional and difficult time when it comes to bringing your child to school for the first time,” she said.

Carina Russell says she’s devastated she won’t be able to enjoy that milestone.

“You can’t get that moment back, you can’t get the first day of kindergarten to do over,” Russell said.

Russell says it’s not fair her daughter’s school isn’t allowing her to be there for such a monumental moment.

“Not letting at least one parent come in is a little far fetched,” Russell said. “You look forward to that their wholes lives I will definitely be emotional.”

Both mothers say they want the best for the students but don’t know if this is the right way.

Full statement from Ascension Parish Schools:

“State guidelines only allow essential visitors in the schools. Since we would not be able to accommodate multiple parents arriving with their pre-k students on the first day of school (Aug. 31), we are scheduling individual appointments for pre-k students and their parents to visit the classroom and meet their teacher before the start of school. This will ease the transition for the student while complying with safety measures such as small groups and cleaning between groups.”

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