Some parents are starting to worry as teacher work stoppage continues throughout the state. While some worry how they will feed their children, others worry who will watch their child while they work. Parent, Ashley Byrd, said she feels as if it may be a loss of her child’s education.
“My daughter is pretty young, so I just think being out of school causes structural issues, and I think she behaves better when she’s in school and has that structure,” Byrd said.
Byrd is the mother of a 3 year old that attends school in Mount Hope. She said she feels blessed she has the resources to have someone watch her child while she’s at work, and has someone to feed her, but not everyone is that fortunate.
“I didn’t know there was such an issue with food and children going hungry until this happened and it really is a concern,” Byrd added.
She told us, as bad as it may seem right now, we can’t forget that the teachers have kids of their own.
Byrd said she doesn’t mind her child missing school if that means the teachers get to benefit.
“I really believe that they care about the children but they also have to take care of their families,” Byrd said.
Byrd believes there are ways to look at this from a different perspective; by doing something she knows best, being a parent.
“I think if parents take this time to still spend time with their kids, and maybe not taking the place of the teachers but parents are educators as well, and hopefully they can continue to work with their children on something while they’re home to utilize the time and benefit from it as well,” Byrd said.