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Marissa Nelson | 16 November 2020
Angela Reyes, of Berwyn, used to work at a mental health hospital in the Chicago area. But after day cares shut down and classes moved online to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the mother of four had to quit her job.
Once day care was available, Reyes, whose oldest child is 8 years old, said her workplace wasn’t willing to accommodate her children’s day care and e-learning schedules.
“I’m in an impossible situation,” Reyes said. “I can’t just find a new day care. The day cares are limited right now … I can’t just come up with solutions. I need someone on the other end to work with me.”
Reyes’ two school-aged children have speech delays. In order to ensure they get the services they need, Reyes said she is partially homeschooling them and partially schooling them online.
“The teaching that I have to do with the kids is more hands-on with them because of the speech delay,” Reyes said. “Essentially, I’m doing a lot of remedial stuff. I’m getting a lot of support from the school to do that thankfully, but it’s still really, really intensive.”