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Parents and teachers prep as many return to school Monday

Parents and teachers prep as many return to school Monday
Posted at 1:53 AM, Aug 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-24 05:11:09-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Abraham Ramirez is dad to five-year-old Rebecca and toddler Ashlynn.
He says, his family is as ready as they can be for Kindergarten.
"We had her practice and login into the google classroom," Ramirez said.

While another dad, Javier Hernandez, says that he understands the decision for classes to be held online, but worry that children may get left behind.

"I think it's sad that some kids won’t be able to go to school for the first time or get back in right away," said Hernandez.

"You're kind of setting up kids to fail, you're giving them a computer, and expecting everything to be done-- when kids need to be hands-on."

Monday is the first day of school for both the Kern High School District and the Bakersfield City School District.
After a great discussion, both districts have chosen to have all classes online.

While teachers have the option to teach from either their homes or classrooms virtually.

Amber Logsdon who is a 5th-grade teacher at Voorhies Elementary School, says she has some unique tools awaiting her class.

"I have created a Google slides to create a virtual classroom and I used my bitmoji-- that looks like me inside the classroom," said Logsdon.

"So I created a background that looks like my classroom and different slides for like different classes."
Logsdon says she will be teaching both at home and in the classroom.

Adding that she's pretty confident about the communication she's already had with her class of 28.
Logsdon shares these tips for parents when getting kids ready for school.

"My tip is to have them get up, get ready as if they were going to be going to school," said Logsdon. "I just really think that having a plan every morning [helps] and making it feel as normal as it can be."