Blogger says you can have a kid or a job amid COVID-19, not both

In a story first reported in the New York Times, blogger Deb Perelman said working parents are facing a new dilemma as the economy reopens in this pandemic.
2:45 | 07/06/20

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All right, George. We turn to new concerns for working parents in this pandemic. With schools looking at very modified schedules this fall one mother writing in "The New York Times" that our economy is making it clear right now you cannot have a kid and a job. Becky Worley spoke exclusively with the author and good morning to you, Becky. Reporter: Good morning, T.J. Because of covid schools have to reduce the number of students in a class. But they have to do it with the same number of teachers, so to make the numbers work that means a rotating schedule. Kids in classrooms part time and learning remotely from home part time. Now, parents, if kids are only in school part time, but we need to work full time, how is that going to work? Across the nation school districts are deciding what the classroom will look like this fall as parents struggle to hang on. We can't keep up with this. Everybody is overwhelmed. And everybody has their hands tied. Reporter: In a "New York Times" article entitled in the covid-19 economy you can have a kid or a job. You can't have both deb Perelman says her school district is considering sending students back only part time, physically attending school one out of every three weeks but she says that does little to help parents desperate for normal routine. There are people who hit pause like been able to hit the pause button on a project under the idea that September would return some level of normalcy in child care and not having your kids there all day and now they can't and they're really afraid they'll have to leave the workforce. Reporter: The academy of pediatrics says they too want kids physically in class pointing to its major health, social and educational benefits. We really need to be working very hard as a country to really drive down the number of coronavirus infections and that's going to make the re-opening of schools in the fall much, much easier. Reporter: But for back to school there is no one size fits all solution. Since the virus looks different in different places -- We cannot protect kids from all risk. But we're going to have to decide week by week or month by month is it riskier to send kids to school and have everyone's health be in jeopardy or is it riskier to keep kids home and have everyone's finances and ability to pay their bills be in jeopardy? Reporter: It was one thing to do distance learning as an emergency sprint. Just make it to summer was the mantra in our house but I'm not sure how families are going to turn this situation into a marathon, T.J. A good point. Let's make it to summer then to fall and now we don't know how long we got to hold on. Becky Worley, thank you as always.

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