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Potential virtual learning challenges for the upcoming fall semester

Coronavirus cases continue to spike and parents and students could be faced with switching to virtual learning for the upcoming fall semester.

Posted: Jul 20, 2020 5:27 PM
Updated: Jul 20, 2020 5:31 PM

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. 

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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. 

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1230264

Reported Deaths: 19173
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles4009197655
San Bernardino936711129
Riverside873831437
San Diego82043997
Orange785531577
Kern41827448
Fresno38568481
Sacramento37415576
Santa Clara35085476
Alameda29918512
San Joaquin25740502
Contra Costa24275261
Stanislaus22162426
Tulare20793308
Ventura19952175
Imperial16272356
Monterey15621122
San Francisco15571160
San Mateo14458170
Sonoma12319157
Merced11773179
Santa Barbara11520135
Kings1127087
Solano1064881
Marin7777129
Placer662270
Madera629085
San Luis Obispo614536
Shasta496347
Yolo489377
Santa Cruz449028
Butte400859
Sutter333216
Napa309017
El Dorado24474
Yuba203610
San Benito189316
Lassen17933
Tehama171025
Mendocino158023
Nevada13119
Tuolumne10358
Glenn9518
Lake92719
Humboldt8989
Colusa7236
Siskiyou6242
Amador59016
Mono5483
Calaveras47822
Del Norte3391
Inyo29016
Plumas2150
Trinity1590
Modoc1430
Mariposa1392
Alpine500
Sierra190
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