Parents organizing in California to demand school campuses reopen. Will leaders listen?

BY SAWSAN MORRAR

Mike Creedon of Davis sits with his first grader during his online classes. Getting a child so young to sit in front of a screen for school lessons is challenging. And then his son starts sinking down in his chair, and before Creedon knows it, he’s on the floor.

Like thousands of others across California, Creedon’s children, ages 6 and 9, have been out of school since March. Recently, he’s heard national, state and his local county health officials say students should return to school soon. But his children are still sitting in front of computer screens learning math and language arts lessons.

Creedon, an airline pilot and military reserve, reduced his options to accept work in order to help his children. He said he isn’t confident that Davis Joint Unified School DIstrict will return to a full, in-person learning schedule in the fall.

“What sticks out to me the most is the damage we are doing to these children,” Creedon said.

Kimberly Buchholz, a parent to a third grader and a first grader in the Sacramento City Unified School District, said her children loved school before they were confined to learning from their teachers on Zoom.

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