Parents of EBR students weigh in on distant learning

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Home school has been around for decades and now it’s the reality for millions of Americans.

“Now you’re asking kids to look at their parents as an educator.”

According to the department of education – one in four public school students do not have a computer. East Baton Rouge Parish Schools is looking to change that, by giving chrome books to its students.

“It’s just important that we get all of our students on the same playing field” said Jamie Noel, Principal of Sherwood Middle School.

On social media, parents have been vocal when it comes to distance learning. One comment read: having four in four different grades is hard and very stressful.

“It’s been challenging but we’ve had good support from other parents and so it’s working out” said Sarah, a parent picking up a chrome book for her student.

Chrisdelin Lyles is a long-time educator and mother of five. She said, the transition may be challenging because of the dynamics.

“Teaching is not easy; it is a huge responsibility. It is a career and so it’s not going to be easy for someone that’s not an educator to become one automatically.”

She said, no two days are alike and like most parents, they’re having to where multiple hats.

“Even as an educator, the anxiety sets in and the overwhelming responsibility” said Lyles.

As many around the capitol city get accustom to the new norm. Lyle said, distance learning will not be a walk in the park, and you should take it in strides.

“Just focusing on moment to moment, what can I do for my kids today? What’s one small step we can take towards making this day our new norm? Will my kids feel love, will they feel safe, will my kids be engaged? That’s going to look different from household to household. That’s going to look different from day to day and moment to moment.” 

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