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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: 3573549

Reported Deaths: 52491
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles119295421467
Riverside2897733792
San Bernardino2867552940
Orange2614083921
San Diego2606253303
Santa Clara1107551781
Kern103422877
Fresno955481443
Sacramento935281484
Alameda807771242
Ventura77749852
San Joaquin668291126
Contra Costa62720681
Stanislaus56235949
Tulare48013761
Monterey42261328
San Mateo39059515
San Francisco34291422
Santa Barbara32050413
Solano30115164
Merced29147401
Sonoma28193298
Imperial26909635
Kings22082220
Placer19861232
San Luis Obispo19696235
Madera15496214
Santa Cruz14671183
Marin13231197
Yolo12851185
Shasta11017174
Butte10970163
El Dorado9160100
Napa905369
Sutter888097
Yuba577337
San Benito577261
Lassen562419
Tehama508652
Nevada397274
Tuolumne396059
Mendocino381643
Amador346641
Humboldt321033
Lake316441
Glenn223023
Colusa213613
Calaveras191049
Siskiyou176014
Inyo131337
Mono12144
Del Norte10035
Plumas6536
Modoc4564
Mariposa3957
Trinity3705
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Alpine820
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