“His LA teacher told him she had over 100 students to look after in multiple grades,” says Jennifer. “And she’s been constantly sick so it takes months to get assignments marked and returned.
“Asking for help might take three days to get a response. They recently hired another teacher and it has improved slightly. But it wasn’t good for months.”
Jennifer says online school is geared towards those who do best by reading and filling out worksheets, but that rarely works for ADHD kids. “He literally needs someone to sit with him and discuss and help constantly,” she says.
It’s been a challenge but Jennifer believes it’s a necessary one.
“I work but we are mainly supported by my husband. If he gets ill, he has no disability insurance. So how do we live? I have fibromyalgia; if I add Long COVID to that, how will I care for my son?” she says.
Plus, she does not want to chance adding cognitive challenges — a potential side effect of COVID — to the neurological challenges her child already experiences.
And she feels lucky that they’re able to do it, recognizing many families cannot. For many families, there simply are no options. Their children need to be in school in order for the parents to work and pay bills.
That is why on a society level, Bakshi and Kimberly would both like to see more changes happen. Bakshi says air purification is a simple thing any building can do, and it’s something with benefits that extend beyond COVID.
“It will help with so many different things like allergies and asthma and other respiratory viruses. So, I think that’s relatively easy and should not be a very polarizing thing,” says Bakshi.