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Parents struggle with balancing schedules, work, and education as hybrid models become the norm

Parents say quality of education is among the top-concerns as districts across the region consider various forms of ‘hybrid’ learning models.

Over the last several days, most districts have unveiled various plans for learning in the era of COVID-19.

Deb Tilton is a mother of three, ranging from pre-school to first grade. She works full-time from home, and her husband works from home on occasion as well. However, their jobs don’t allow for flex scheduling, so they have to work during normal business hours.


That poses a big challenge. But it’s definitely not the only one.

“It’s not just that we both are working – it’s that our kids are so young, and we are not educators. We are not trained educators,” she told WSYR-TV.

“We set up a classroom in one of their bedrooms, and that was the classroom. But it’s still one of their bedrooms, in their home. And I’m mom, I’m not the teacher, so the dynamic is very different than it would be with them and their teacher. I can’t pull the same things out of them that their teacher can. They respond very differently to mom,” she added.


The kids also attend separate districts, which means that daycare poses a major problem.

“It’s like trying to put a puzzle together without all the pieces,” Tilton added.

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