RALEIGH, N.C. — While the school reopening bill cleared the Senate Rules Committee, some parents are still nervous about sending their kids back to the classroom.
Parents and teachers alike say there are both advantages and disadvantages to going back to in-person learning.
Dr. Patricia Hilliard, a research scholar at N.C. State, says parents are still trying to weigh what's best for their child's education, as well as their health. But many families don't have the privilege of staying home.
"I can only imagine the stress it would cause. You want yourself safe, your children safe, but you also want your children to learn and grow. You want the academics and social skills as well," Hilliard says.
She believes the pandemic gives school systems the opportunity to re-evaluate education, and what's best for every student.
"We start to disrupt those systems that haven’t been working for minority groups, and we really start to implement those innovative new strategies whether it's blended learning, personalized learning, flexible schedule, that's going to work for each and every child regardless of their situation," Hilliard says.
She also says these decisions should be a collaboration between communities, states, schools, and parents.
"The goal of that structure would be one in which the learning would not be interrupted based on weather, based on experience level of an admin, experience of educators in a school in a building, and one in which thats one thats student centered," Hilliard says.