Kaiden Jackson is one of 60 students at the Shafer Center, a school for students on the autism spectrum. During the pandemic he has been working with. (Courtesy Photo)

By Alexis Taylor
Special to the AFRO

Karen Shepherd has done better than some during the coronavirus pandemic.

She still has a job as an outreach specialist in a D.C. medical office. She still has a roof over her head, when many across the nation have lost their homes.

But she also has four school-aged children. With four different teachers and four unique sets of expectations for each of her four scholars. And a full eight hour work day.

“I am stressed out to the max,” said Shepherd, a single mother of children ages 13, 12, 8, and 5. “I have a friend helping, but she has kids herself. I can’t afford to pay anyone full-time.” 

For Shepherd, distance learning is the safest option, but it leaves her with one question: “Who’s going to watch my four kids?” 

It’s a very real concern for the parents of 35 million students expected by the National Center for Education Statistics to attend an elementary or middle school in the Fall 2020 semester. 

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