As school begins amid coronavirus, parents see few good options

John Barrett, Autumn Barrett
Posted at 10:59 AM, Aug 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-02 11:01:51-04

WOODSTOCK, Ga. — As the academic year begins in many places across the country this week, parents are having to choose whether to send their children for in-person classes or keep them home for remote learning because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Many are unhappy with either option.

Offering parents choices eases some of the problems facing schools. If some students stay home, that creates more space in buildings and on buses.

But the number of families with a choice has dwindled as the virus’s spread in many areas has prompted school districts to scrap in-person classes — at least to start the academic year.

In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to announce this week which school districts can reopen for the academic year, which starts in September.