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KC metro parents prepare for ‘a few bumps’ as schools return

Some expect a challenging semester
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Posted at 6:12 PM, Sep 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-07 19:54:37-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — On the eve of the first day of school for many around the Kansas City metro, some parents expect a challenging semester.

A chief concern for many is fitting in students’ virtual classroom time and pre-existing family work schedules.

Melissa Jennings, a parent to two Kansas City Kansas Public Schools students, said she is not "mentally prepared" for the school year to begin.

“It's very stressful right now,” she said, when discussing classwork for her son, a two-time brain cancer survivor.

Jennings said she is thankful to work remotely but knows not all households have the same flexibility.

Lance Lesslie, the father of a second grader in the Olathe Public Schools District, said the school year will be more demanding, with most of the demands on parents.

“I expect that there's going to be a few bumps," he said. "Right? I mean, that's just the way it goes,” Lesslie said.

Taking advantage of remote learning, the Lesslies are planning a trip to Magic Kingdom in the middle of typical class hours.

“We think that, while we have the opportunity, we can do additional supplementary education,” he said.

Olathe and KCKPS are just a few of the multiple districts beginning virtual, in-person and hybrid classes on Tuesday.