EUGENE, Ore. --- On Monday, some of the youngest students in Eugene's Bethel and 4J School District's will head back to the classroom for in-person instruction. However, there are a lot of questions and concerns from parents who are unsure if they want to take that next step at this point in the school year.
The Bethel School District will welcome back Kindergarteners for their first week of Hybrid classes. Meanwhile, 4J students in Kindergarten and First grade will begin an on-site Hybrid transition and have orientation in school buildings before their first full week of Hybrid learning starts on March 29.
The order states that schools must offer in-person options for students in grades 6 through 12 by April 19th and students K-5 by March 29.
Some parents see the introduction of in-person learning during this point of the pandemic to be dangerous while others think it’s a great opportunity.
Lyndsey Frye has a daughter that attends Adams Elementary school in Eugene. She said she’s been put in a tough position because of the lack of before and after school care programs for her child.
"It's an impossible situation for parents because our children are forced to either stay home and not get the support that they need and deserve,” Frye said. “Or we have to figure out how we're going to get them to school when the hours don't match up.”
Amanda Padilla has four children including an 11-year-old son with educational special needs that attends Buena Vista Spanish Immersion Elementary School. She said homeschooling is a very difficult task for her and her family.
“I'm confident that with taking precautionary measures, going back to school is in the best interest of all my children,” Padilla said.
She also said she believes parents and guardians should do whatever makes the most sense for their specific situation.
Gladyss Dean is a mother of three and said the health of her family is her top priority.
“Our family being a multigenerational and shared parent house, we really can't take our kids back into school,” Dean said. “But now we're facing this choice of keeping our families safe or risking the quality of our children's education.”