Parents face new reality after schools are closed for rest of school year amid pandemic

The Governor of California announced that all schools will be closed for the rest of the school year.

It was news this Valley Village Mom says she expected.

“With everything that’s going on there is no way I would send my child to school right now,” said Christa Pecha speaking to us via Zoom. She is mom to an LAUSD 6th grader named Alyssa and a busy 2-year-old, Xander.
 
She says homeschooling a Jr. High student with a toddler around definitely has its challenges. 

“It’s really hard to keep him entertained and at the same time help. You kind of have to figure it out, you know while he’s napping we try to do something and if we get it done we will and if we can’t, we can’t.”
 
To make matters worse...Pecha’s dog walking business, which was earning thousands, has evaporated.
 
“We had a lot of clients scheduling for trips and daily dog walking. It was great and now everything stopped and we’re just trying to figure out what to do next.”

In the meantime, the family is doing what it can to make ends meet.

“Just paying what we can. Our priority is to make sure there is food on the table for the family so if I have to be late on a few bills... I’ll just have to be late on a few bills.”

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On the bright side, Pecha says her daughter is coping well with being at home.

“They were born in a time with technology so there kind of used to communicating with their friends that way so it’s not that bad in that sense but it is definitely different.”

As for Pecha, she says she’s enjoying more time with the kids but also looking forward to the day she can walk these precious pups once again.

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The California Teacher’s Association released a statement this afternoon in response to the closure.

Saying that this is a tough situation for everyone. Many schools closed so quickly that teachers didn’t get a chance to say goodbye to their students.

“CTA members are working their magic to meet their students where they are. In fact, we’ve even seen caravans of teachers driving through neighborhoods to reach out and see their students.”

This is the new reality for school kids living through a pandemic.

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