Parents balance home-schooling with work during health emergency

Boy sitting at desk in front of laptop with faces on it.
Seymour Rasmussen, 10, engaged in online learning on Tuesday at his St. Paul home during the coronavirus pandemic. He attends Cyber Village Academy, which was shuttered by Gov. Tim Walz's order in response to the pandemic.
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With the closure of K-12 schools across the state because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many parents have suddenly found themselves in charge of their children’s education. Schools are making plans for distance learning that will be implemented at the end of the month.

Until then, it’s up to parents to provide instruction for their children. And many of those parents are also trying to work from home at the same time. We share some advice for approaching this challenging situation.


  • Annie Mason, program director of elementary teacher education at the University of Minnesota

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