There is a raging debate in my town over whether school should be 100% remote in the fall, or whether we should do a hybrid approach. The school board had recommended hybrid, but the teachers union wants full remote and is threatening to strike. I live in the suburbs and like most of the Northeast, our community’s coronavirus rates are very good. I think we all expect that things will go downhill over the fall with cold and flu season school and will end up remote eventually, but I was really hoping my son could start out in-person at least a few days a week to get to know his teacher and bond with her and the other kids. Also, he is in second grade and remote learning in the spring was just horrible, and the idea of going back to the daily battles over assignments with very little live instruction is terrifying. My husband and I both work full time in very demanding jobs, and we also have a preschooler and a baby. We have no child care. My husband’s income has been significantly impacted by COVID, but his work hasn’t actually slowed down all that much. Our life has been a total shit show since March. I’ve been holding it together, hoping the schools would reopen in the fall, at least partially. The idea that we might start out 100% remote, knowing that we‘ll never go back in person this school year if we do that, is driving me crazy with stress. I am in tears every day over the idea of full time remote learning and trying to balance work and child care. And I am feeling irrational anger at the teachers for refusing to go back, when teachers in private schools and private daycares are all going back without a fuss (not to mention doctors, nurses, everyone else who works in hospitals and medical offices, grocery store workers, store clerks, etc). We will obviously need to hire a tutor to assist, but that will cost tens if thousands of dollars that I wouldn’t otherwise have to spend if the teachers were willing to go back in person. It makes me so upset. Is anyone else feeling this way? I see all these parents posting on my community’s Facebook page that we should not go back in person if the teachers aren’t comfortable with it, and if we get to work remotely, they should too, and the classroom experience wont be pleasant so we should do remote. I don’t get it — do they all have a stay at home parent, or are they wealthy families with nannies? I am feeling enormous stress, and frankly, rage about the situation. And a lot of it is directed at the teachers union since they seem to be there roadblock to starting with a hybrid approach. Am I the only one?