Tens of thousands of children across lafayette have returned to the classroom to begin the 2021-2022 school year in person however, there are many parents who disagree with in-person learning.
Researchers believe online learning can be as good or even better than in-person classroom learning. I spoke with one parent and she says her daughter learns better in the classroom.
Mickey Edmond says, "I have a first-time high schooler so do I know the new method of learning and no especially not math so I prefer my kid go to school and I feel that she felt like that she learned better in person and I think that she was struggling more at virtual learning last year"
Some parents are raising concerns about sending their kids back to school during another coronavirus surge. but jay believes it will take time to get kids acclimated.
Jay says, "I think it's going to take a little bit of time to incorporate themselves back into a social atmosphere it's tough being off for a year not having that social grounding than having to jump right back into it so I think it's going to take a little time for some kids"
According to the Louisiana Department of health, the highly contagious delta variant is now widespread among children but neera believes in-person learning is more effective.
Neera says, "I prefer in-person I was more of a hands-on growing up I feel like virtual you don't get the full experience teachers may teach something way more different than a computer so I would prefer hands-on in the classroom.
The lack of a virtual option, and the opportunity to let parents decide what is best for their children doesn't sit right with many but Edmond believes this decision is for the best.
Mickey Edmond, "So I feel like with the vaccination along with mask and making sure you have sanitizer of course and just making sure they wash their hands every once in a while, that I feel like its more safe for the kids that are vaccinated to go to school"