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Facebook group offers support to parents juggling work, virtual learning

Posted at 3:32 PM, Sep 15, 2020

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — If you're about two seconds from pulling your hair out from juggling work and virtual learning for the kids, you're not alone. And now, thanks to a virtual club, there's some help for you.

"There are 3,200 members now, in a little under two weeks," said Ashley Tolson.

Tolson launched the Facebook group "We Support Fayette County Public Schools" as a vehicle for parents to share the concerns and the struggles they face while having the kids at home for school.

"People are sharing encouraging positive stories, and they can also give advice and support to each other to best navigate these uncharted waters," Tolson said.

Admittance into the group is handled on a case by case basis, as Tolson wants to make sure people join for the reasons she intended. The group is not a forum for politics or other opinions you might want to bring about the district's decision to begin the school year online.

"As a teacher, I was invited to join a group like that," Tolson said, "But I noticed that the implication was that kids aren't learning virtually. But with NTI and 2DL, we are seeing that the kids are learning."

Tolson felt qualified to start this group given she's experiencing the virtual learning world from both ends of the spectrum.

"I think I understand what a lot of people are experiencing because I'm doing it too," she said, referring to her dual role as a Tates Creek Elementary School teacher and mother.

She's doing the best she can, and she knows her colleagues are too. But sometimes, in the middle of a pandemic, your best could still use a little reinforcement.

"Purely to see the silver lining in a challenging situation," Tolson said.

With more than 3,200 members already, it certainly seems as if many Lexington parents are feeling challenged and benefitting from the support.