KENT, Wash. – Just weeks away before the next school year starting, many school districts are still working to figure out their reopening model.
On Monday, Kent schools announced their decision to conduct only remote learning at the start of the 2020-2021 school year.
Jennifer Kassebaum is a mother of 6, with her two youngest children still in school. She said schools need to significantly improve what they are offering online.
Her 15-year-old, Logan, is having a hard time processing the reality of not stepping foot into Kentridge High School in Kent any time soon.
“He sat at the kitchen table this morning and he is 15 with his chin quivering, tears rolling down his face because he is not going to be able to go to school until at least October,” Kassebaum said.
Logan is developmentally disabled and needs special education. And the online learning provided by the Kent School District in the spring was disorganized, dismal and disappointing Kassebaum said.
“I am disappointed in the system with all the technology we have, there wasn’t a better transition,” she said. “I am absolutely not disappointed in the teachers. Logan has a fabulous teacher.”