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Valley parents, teachers adjust to schools switching to online learning

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Posted at 4:21 PM, Mar 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-30 01:09:47-04

PHOENIX — Parents and teachers across the Valley are taking on the challenge of teaching kids at home now that schools will remain closed through April 10.

"Having two kids do two separate assignments is going to be a real struggle," says Katie Nash a parent and high school teacher in Chandler.

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Nash says, "My youngest already doesn't like going to school which is going to be a struggle because I don't want to make my home also somewhere she doesn't want to be."

Mental health and device management are some of Nash's top concerns. As an educator, her concerns are even greater.

She says, "Some kids are going to to be able to get online and have those rich conversations with their classmates and other ones aren't going to have that."

Nash worries online learning will amplify the divide between families who have access to internet, technology, meals, child care and those who do not.

The Arizona Department of Education offers some resources online including access to free internet.

Nash recommend families communicate with students' teacher and know other options like paper learning materials are available.

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