When schools around the country abruptly stopped in-person learning last fall, many parents had one endpoint in mind: September. We’d slog through the Zoom classes and meltdowns and clinginess, push through the summer, and by the time fall rolled around, we’d be able to send our children back to school and reclaim some level of normality.
But recently a growing number of major school districts, from Los Angeles to Houston, have announced plans to start the new academic year online. New York City has said children will be in the classroom, at most, three days a week.
For some parents, the extension of online learning into the fall, as the coronavirus pandemic rages on, is a relief.
For others, it is devastating — and for many, it is a bit of both.
“It is an impossible situation,” said Annie Snyder, a senior learning scientist at McGraw-Hill. “There is no good