In virus era, back-to-school plans stress working parents


Vicky Li Yip, left, sets up a bubble machine for her children, left, to right, Kelsey, 8, Toby, 10 and Jesse, 5, outside their home, Friday, July 10, 2020, in Houston. Vicky Li Yip works from home and says online schooling has been exhausting, even with her husband helping out. But with her city becoming a national hot spot, she has been considering what it would mean for her children to face possible exposure every day. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — For children, school is an opportunity to learn and make friends.

For many parents, it’s more: a safe place for their children to stay while they are at work, or even a necessity for them to be able to work.

The outbreak of the new coronavirus has seen these two versions of school collide in ways that have thrown lives into disarray.

Now President Trump is demanding that schools reopen in the fall, but with the virus resurging across the country, many working parents say there are no good options.

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