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Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff
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Some teachers bringing their kids to school with them
Kindergarten teacher Gina Davis-Lawson says she enjoys having her daughter, Isabella Lawson, a sixth-grader, in her classroom at Huntertown Elementary School.
Isabella, who comes to Huntertown with her mom every morning, does virtual school work using a Chromebook and wearing headphones in her own “office space,” Davis-Lawson wrote in an email.
With in-person learning for students in Woodford County Public Schools delayed until at least Sept. 28 because of COVID-19, teachers in Woodford County Public Schools are allowed to bring their own school-age children to school with them, schools Superintendent Scott Hawkins said.
“I enjoy having her here and catching a glimpse of her classes,” Davis-Lawson said, “and it allows me to be a parent for the occasions when problems arise.” She said she’s able to help Isabella between live teaching and recording lessons for her kindergartners.
“There have been some technical glitches,” Davis-Lawson said, “but for the most part we are both enjoying seeing everyone, but can’t wait to be back in-person.”
Students are required to wear masks whenever they leave their parent’s classroom and teachers are supervising their own kids, Hawkins said.
“I know many of our teachers wanted to teach from their classroom just because ... they’ve got all of their stuff there,” he said. “And so they’ve ... created little areas for their kids within their own classroom so it won’t be a distraction for their own child or for their class.”
There are at least eight teachers at Huntertown Elementary bringing their children to school with them, according to Davis-Lawson. Four other teachers bring their kids with them every morning, she said.
Stephanie Lanter, a second-grade teacher at Huntertown, said it’s nice having her son Rusty, a fifth-grader, at school with her during virtual learning.
With very little family nearby to watch him, being able to have him in her classroom has relieved much stress as we prepared to go back to school, she wrote in an email.
“Once the district told us we could bring our kids while we worked, it was a big relief,” she said. “I could come to work and have all my supplies, technology, and support here in the building.” If she couldn’t bring Rusty to school with her, she would’ve had to work at home, she said.
“We have a special area set up in the back of the classroom for him,” Lanter said. She said having a schedule and being back in school during the day “makes life feel just a bit more normal.”
Kristin Kelley, a special education teacher at Huntertown, agrees. Her 11-year-old son is a sixth-grader and being in school “helps provide him with structure, routine, and some sense of normalcy,” she wrote in an email.
“Sometimes,” she added, “during his breaks he helps me with things I need for my students. Overall, we are enjoying the time together.”