CHICO Calif. - With school starting in one month and as coronavirus cases continue to spike, parents and students could be faced with virtual learning.
"They need to be in school and learning," said Laurie Bethke. "Distance learning is not super effective, and I just think that the kids aren't really spreading this, so I think it is super important that we get them back in school. "
Parents struggle with the thought of having to play the role of parent and teacher.
"I'm just not a teacher," said Kelly Schill. "I'm a working professional and a mom."
"I haven't been to school in lord knows how long," shared Blanca Segura. "So what they are teaching now is not the way I was taught."
"For working parents, how are they going to be able to effectively teach their kids while trying to do their jobs at home and keep them engaged and not just putting them in front of the tv," said Bethke.
If students can't return to the classroom and will be stuck at home for the upcoming fall semester, parents said they will be mainly concerned about their children's mental health.
"I worry about mental health for not just my child but for any other child," said Blanca. "You know a lot of times school is their scapegoat, school is their safe heaven so for me that has probably been the most difficult thing to swallow is just how are these kids handling their mental health."
Parents would like to see their kids go back to school but understand why keeping them at home could be best.
"Until we have a little bit more control around everything, it makes more sense to just keep the kids at home in my opinion," said Schill.
From educational concerns to mental health worries, parents on both sides of the issue can only wait to see what happens.