COVID took loved ones from families all over the five boroughs. According to data from City Hall, as of Sept. ...

Tamika’s family (L to R) Kennedy, Taylor, Kiara and Yvonne

Tamika Hall is struggling with the right way to educate her kids during the COVID-19 pandemic. Her decision to homeschool her children was wrapped in the fear of putting her children in harm’s way if they went back into an actual school building. She didn’t want to lose them.

“I have some errands as I have decided to create a classroom type environment inside my apartment,” said Hall while walking through the IKEA in Red Hook, Brooklyn. “I’m trying to set up the classroom…on the hunt for L-shaped desks.”

Hall has six children, three of them being school age. One starts 6th grade at Tompkins Square Middle School. The other two start 3rd and 4th grade at The Neighborhood School in the East Village of Manhattan. She said the city’s plan isn’t good enough for her. She also said other parents of children at The Neighborhood School agreed about the dangers of sending their kids inside the school.

“Loss” and “danger” are words that the full-time marketing director could go without hearing for a while.

Read more at the New York Amsterdam.