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Parents struggling to balance work, at-home learning

Posted at 9:40 PM, Sep 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-09 21:41:25-04

MENIFEE COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — Parents across the commonwealth are finding themselves in a difficult situation, trying to balance their work-life with their kids at-home learning. For some, it may feel like there is no end in sight.

One of those parents is Menifee County mother, Amanda Burton. Burton has a nine-year-old son in 4th grade at Menifee Elementary School and a four-year-old son at Gateway Headstart.

Burton and her husband both work from home for Amazon and are having to balance teaching their kids while working.

"I was already juggling and making sure the kids got what they needed and trying to do my best at my job. My husband, he's in customer service and he's on the phone all day so not only do I have to teach the kids all day but I also have to keep the noise level to a minimum because he can actually get in trouble if there's background noise through the phone," Burton said.

LEX 18 reached out to Menifee County Superintendent Tim Spencer who says some students have been provided with internet hot spots or locations they can go to use WIFI. Starting this week, they are allowing some "targeted students" to return to the classroom for additional help. Overall, he has had a positive reaction from both staff and parents about the online learning process, so he was taken aback by this complaint.

"I really feel like so far we've really made a lot of adjustments to our schedules in order to meet the needs of everyone involved, but so far things have been very positive," Spencer said. "We've tried to answer all of our criticism whether it be a Facebook post or on our district Facebook or if someone has contacted the district principal we have tried to make accommodations for parents and students to meet the needs of our kids."

Every student in the district has also received a Chromebook to complete their learning.

Spencer says they are working to return students to the classroom and says he's hopeful it will be possible soon since Menifee County has a very low positivity rate.