As School Begins amid Virus, Parents See Few Good Options

Posted on August 2, 2020 7:32 am

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John Barrett plans to keep his daughter home from elementary school this year in suburban Atlanta, but he wishes she was going. Molly Ball is sending her teenage sons to school in the same district on Monday, but not without feelings of regret. 

As the academic year begins in many places across the country this week, parents are faced with the difficult choice of whether to send their children to school or keep them home for remote learning because of the coronavirus pandemic. Many are unhappy with either option.  

“I definitely think it’s healthy for a child to go back to