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Parents feeling the pressure as schools roll out virtual learning

Posted at 4:54 PM, Mar 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-17 22:19:18-04

PHOENIX — With statewide school closures keeping more than a million students out of class, some Arizona schools and districts are rolling out online learning options.

Lizzy McMillan lives in Phoenix, but runs her own photography business out of a studio in Mesa. She is a wife and mother of three who is now trying to add "teacher" to her list of titles. McMillan's two oldest just switched to online learning.

"We had over 30 different documents to download," she said. "We're definitely feeling the crunch trying to keep our business going as long as we can before any additional restrictions are placed, and keep the kids entertained and learning."

It is an impending reality for many other parents too. Valley Christian in Chandler is taking its K-12 schools online starting Wednesday.

"Obviously a little flexible with how long we're anticipating being out, but for the time being students are expected to log in every day, check their assignments to complete their homework, and upload any assignments," said Director of Communications and Marketing for Valley Christian Schools Bryan Winfrey.

Tolleson Union High School District recently told parents online instruction starts Thursday and promised to help support those who cannot access the software once this initial emergency passes.

The Kyrene District is also providing several at-home learning resources and Scottsdale Unified School District is telling families, "information about remote learning is forthcoming."

"Moms, dads, all of us, you know, trying to keep that balance of giving your child the attention and love that they need, not stressing out over finances and the economy, client's questions and emails, it's a hard balance for sure," said McMillan.