Yonkers mother and father categorical issues about remote-learning challenges this fall – Information 12 Westchester

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News 12 Staff

Aug 21, 2020, 11:10am EDT

Updated on:Aug 21, 2020, 11:10am EDT

Yonkers parents are sounding the alarm about online learning and the challenges it brings to low-income parents.

As the school year approaches, Yonkers single mother Nikisha Osborn has an important decision to make: resume her career as a home health aide or stay at home with her two school age children. Her son, second-grader Denzel, needs extra attention because he has special needs.

“Who’s going to babysit him when I go back to work? I have to go back to work. Like I said, I’m trying to figure it out as we go along,” Osborn says.

Osborn is not alone in her worries.

For Osborn, it’s an overwhelming situation.

The other issue is getting computers and tablets to all kids in a Yonkers district that simply can’t afford it.

“This is a community that has been underserved in many ways,” says Yonkers City Councilwoman Tasha Diaz. She did her small part to do something Friday as she raffled off a free iPad. The winner was a smiling first grader named Dalia who will now have the vital tool she needs to learn in the time of COVID. But there are other kids out there who aren’t quite fortunate.

Diaz says COVID has exposed many long-standing problems in her community, and in many ways, made them worse.

“It’s going to be very difficult. People are going back to work. They have to feed their families but now they have to worry about feeding these families, babysitters and also having to come home and working with their children,” Diaz says.

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