Parents concerned about childcare as hybrid learning models become prominent contenders for fall

School districts around the region are expected to go with a hybrid model for learning this fall. While plans exist for more in-person learning, many do not expect schools to resume full-operation, and if they do, there’s a chance learning goes fully-remote if infection rates rise.

For some parents, the prospect of a hybrid schedule is raising more questions than answers.

Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon has previously expressed his concern about hybrid models. He points out that childcare issues create havoc, and that learning will be difficult in those circumstances.

Amanda Burt, a local educator and working mother, tells CNYCentral.com that if something isn’t done to help parents overcome that issue – many will have to choose between their children and jobs.

“That has been the case, people will have to choose between their livelihood and the safety and security of their children and there will be more fall out after that if children are left at home by themselves,” she said.

This will impact low-income, and single-parent families the most.