Parents adjust to distance learning during coronavirus pandemic

Jacquie Slater & WNYT Staff
Updated: March 17, 2020 09:30 PM
Created: March 17, 2020 06:08 PM

A growing number of parents are now juggling work and homeschooling, as kids across the region are home due to concerns about the coronavirus.

Some employees at NewsChannel 13 are feeling the impact, including Jacquie Slater. She spent the day getting her children geared up and online for the first day of distance learning.


Saratoga was one of 31 districts in a five county radius to cancel classes until April 20. Although classes are canceled, they are not shut down. Teachers are emailing students and parents instructions with daily lessons and assignments.

All schools had designated times on Tuesday for parents to pick up supplies, including computers or devices if kids don't have access to them at home.

Starting Wednesday, all students in the district can pick up breakfast and lunch bags to help them get through these difficult times. If kids don’t have transportation, they’ll bring the food to them.

“We’re taking this one day at a time, evaluating. We’re not going to turn anybody away. Any child under the age of 18, who is a resident of our school district, will have the opportunity for breakfast and lunch every day the school is closed,” said Superintendent Michael Patton.

To hear more about Jacquie Slater's experience with distance learning, click on the video.

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