EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH, La. (WAFB) - The East Baton Rouge Parish School System (EBRPSS) is reporting as of now, 11,000 students have signed up for the virtual-only learning model. That’s about 30% of students enrolled in the district.
“I can’t control what people do in their home and in public, but what I can control is what my child is exposed to; so, we’ve decided to be safe at home, and if that means that he has more screen time for a short period of time in his life then that’s what will happen,” said M.E. Cormier, a parent in East Baton Rouge.
Cormier says it was a pretty easy decision for their family to make; although, it was not the easiest transition.
“We definitely had a couple of weeks of a rocky start, but we are in a groove now and we have got a solid schedule and really strong support from the teachers. At this point the kids have got it; they are very smart they know where to go and to sit up straight and to pay attention and they’ve got all of their school supplies right there on their desk next to them as if they were in school,” said Cormier.
Cormier says she is balancing work from home while also playing the role of an assistant teacher - even finding time to have a little fun.
“One of the breaks of the day we do a dance party in the living room just to get some energy out and so that the kids can interact with each other, the siblings…and sometimes mom and dad need a break too; we’re all working from home,” said Cormier.
For now, at least 30 percent of parents in East Baton Rouge like Cormier have chosen virtual learning.
“What we do when we go all virtual is we free up those really important spots for essential families that have to go to school and we’ve made it safer for them by reducing the class size and keeping our distance at home, we’ve made it safer for those essential families to send their children to school because they must.”
Officials with the school system say they will reopen the virtual-only opt-in later in September once a decision about 6th through 12th-grade students returning to school or not has been made.
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