Parents prepare for remote learning as 42% of students enroll to learn from home full time

Parents across New York City are doing the best they can to get their children ready to learn remotely.

News 12 Staff

Sep 16, 2020, 1:30 PM

Updated 1,341 days ago

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Parents across New York City are doing the best they can to get their children ready to learn remotely.
Department of Education officials say nearly 42% of students are enrolled full time to learn from home this school year.
The DOE says the rest will be starting hybrid models, which means a mix of in-person and remote learning. News 12 spoke to a mother and president of the District 8 Community Education Council Farrah Despeignes and she says there’s still many concerns and unanswered questions regarding blended models.
“It would have been better to have spent the summer mastering remote teaching and remote learning then having this rush to face-to-face teaching, because after all health comes before everything else if you’re not healthy then the education you received does not matter,” says Despeignes.
She chose to have her two children at Soundview Academy in the Bronx go full remote, but the reality is some parents don’t have that option.
News 12 spoke about those children who are special needs and will need the face to face interaction. Also, parents who need help because of the language barrier and lack of Wi-Fi access. News 12 is told schools like Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy is dealing with a teacher shortage. These are some things parents will have to navigate this morning as student’s log in. Despeignes says don’t be afraid to speak up for your child.
“Give your input, don’t be afraid to say I don’t like the way you want to do this because my child or children will benefit better from this world that way, so educate yourself, speak up,” says Despeignes.
Despeignes says it seems to be a learning process for everyone. As of now, schools are set to open their doors Sept. 21 for in person learning.


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