PULASKI COUNTY, Ark. — As schools across the country were forced to close during the pandemic, teachers had to quickly adjust to working from home.
For teachers who are parents, working from home also comes with the added challenge of having to balance in family life.
“It’s not perfect and we’re trying to make the best of it,” said Brittany Holt, who teaches at Crestwood Elementary. “Yesterday my dog kept running in trying to get rubbed and my 18-month-old baby is running around in the background.”
Holt knows classes work best during nap time.
She says more often than not, it’s technology that gets in the way of virtual classes.
“There’s a lot of connection problems with WiFi,” Holt said. “Everyday we try to see our students, so we can get face to face time with them, so they know we’re there for them and love and miss them.”
The Little Rock School district knows it’s not an easy transition. Executive Director for Curriculum and Instruction, Hope Worsham says they’ve tried to adjust school curriculums to better fit virtual instruction.
“I will say teachers have done a phenomenal job,” Worsham said. “We completely recognize that everyone is in a very different reality right now and that things are not going to look the way they would in a traditional classroom.”
Little Rock Schools are also trying to ease up on students. The district created a home help hotline. It’s also promising not to drop a student’s grade lower than it was before they started AMI days.
As teachers like Holt navigate an uncertain road ahead, she says it’s the support from her coworkers making all the difference.e
“We’re all in it together so that helps. I have relied on my teammates and our principal,” she said. “Hopefully we’ll start back in August and everything will go back to normal.”