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Parents and students react to RPS's Return to Learn Plan

Devin Martin
Created: August 07, 2020 11:30 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Families and students in Rochester now have to expect a new reality these next few weeks after the Rochester Public Schools' announcement earlier Friday afternoon. 

Families have to now manage adapting to distance learning or having their kids going back to school, "It was kind of surprising knowing that she's going to be in a hybrid model and my oldest is going to be doing distance learning,” Ana Rivera said.

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The announcement by the Rochester Public Schools has parents like Ana Rivera wondering what is next for her family, "My thought was my oldest would be doing a hybrid model and the youngest would do distance learning,” Rivera said. “If this is the way that we can keep them safe at least at the beginning, and then we have to, it's not in our hands."

Meera Shah has three kids and she says she's worried about the district changing its mind in the middle of the school year it's already stressful, "We're trying to come up with the least disruptive type of experience for the kids and like I said, I don't think this was an easy decision to make,” Shah said.

Bridget Bordelon is a teacher at John Marshall High School and she’s relieved, saying any news is good news, "As a parent, I'm happy for the kids to get back to school in whatever capacity they can be back to school in and I'm also just looking forward to the future when kids can be back in school full time because we know it's best for kids,” Bordelon said.

As far as her teaching, Bordelon says she misses her students but is prepared for distance learning in the upcoming school year, "I'm looking forward to it because I've learned a lot from teaching in the springtime and I have a lot more tools in my pocket for how to go about being effective teaching,” Bordelon said.

In addition, for one-eighth grader, the news came as a surprise, "I was heartbroken when they said we're going to go online. I doubled checked if I was really in eighth grade, it was that surprising,” Alliance Ingabire said. 


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