Coronavirus impact: Bay Area parents, teachers, students share challenges of virtual learning since start of school

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — It’s been more than a month since public school districts in the Bay Area opted to return to online classes and educators and parents are starting to recognize the negative consequences of virtual learning.

“I am of the point of view that the public health interest of these children is served by getting these schools open,” stated CDC Director, Robert Redfield.

“There is no substitute for being in school like with your students,” added Mark Sanchez, a teacher who serves on the school board in San Francisco.

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While everyone acknowledges that in-person learning is best for students, many feel the virus and its potential for spreading have left us helpless, with no other option but to continue with remote learning.

“It’s going ok, but I miss my friends for real life,” said 4-year-old Marion, sitting on her mother’s

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How a Granite Bay High School family is handling distance learning

Like so many other kids, Josh Kerekes goes to class in his bedroom, on a laptop.



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Kerekes spent most of his freshman year inside Granite Bay High School. The school switched to online learning at the end of last school year, a transition that had a bumpy start.


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He says things got easier toward the end of last year, and this year he was supposed to have started in-person classes. Then, the school had to make a change right before school started.

After that shaky start, his mother, Annette De La Cruz, was worried about how things would start out this year. But she says Granite Bay had things on track from the beginning.

Both Annette and her husband work in the medical field and have an older daughter at home going to online community college, so

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