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Imperial County parent voices her concerns over lack of in-person learning

Parent says two-hours a week isn't enough to keep kids on track - News 11's Wiley Jawhary reports

EL CENTRO, Calif. (KYMA, KECY) - One parent reached out telling us her kids have been struggling and that two hours in person just isn't enough. The pandemic has brought many inconveniences to daily life, the biggest one for Sonia Hernandez a parent of four, is her kids struggling with online learning.

“We tried to help them as much as we can but at the same time but at the same time the challenges of not knowing the technology and the kids are learning common core so it is difficult for us to try to teach them," she said.

Patience running low for Hernandez telling us her four kids used to be A and B students, but now they’re getting lower grades than normal.

She’s voiced her concern of slow progress to the district wondering what they're doing with funding coming from the state for schools to reopen.

Richard Rundhaug is the Superintendent for the Brawley Elementary School District. He says the district received about one million dollars from the state to re-open. They're using the money for emergency supplies, like hand sanitizer and cleaning items, as well as water bottles and to help them re-open in the summer.

“Our summer school program we anticipate will be 100% in person, and in the fall we expect to go back to normal maybe some caveat like the face mask and so forth," he said.

Local health professionals like Dr. Vo adding vaccinations should play a role before returning fully to the classrooms.

“I would like to see at least 80% of the students get vaccinated," he said.

As for the El Centro Elementary School District, they tell us they’re offering in school learning for two hours per day four days a week and they look to revisit more opening by this fall.

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