A Greenwich family says there are not enough special
education teachers for those who opted for remote learning, and they say
their fifth grader is now risking his life by going to school.
Allyson Buck says her three children, including Sam, her
10-year-old, are learning from home this school year. Sam is one of 250 people
in the world with “vanishing white matter disease” – a genetic disorder that
affects the nervous system and causes neurologic symptoms.
If he contracted COVID-19, it could be fatal.
Buck says learning from home became impossible for Sam.
“We were never assigned a special education teacher before
school started, so within a few hours we knew it wasn’t sustainable,” she told
News 12. “Sam can’t move his hands really well. He can’t read. He can’t write.”
Buck says it’s a huge risk to send Sam back to Glenville
Elementary School, but she has no other option. Sam goes in for an hour a day
to get his physical and occupational therapies, but it’s too dangerous for him
to eat or use the bathroom there.
“Ideally, you could have had a special education
teacher in a room with kids like Sam. That would still make us nervous, but it
would be the best-case scenario,” she says.
Normally Sam would have a para-professional assigned to him
all day, but the district told Buck there is no help they can give him while
learning at home.
News 12 reached out to the school district but did not hear back.