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Families who aren’t fluent in English are struggling with distance learning during COVID-19 pandemic


The school year had just begun when Maria Garcia’s older son got stuck on a math problem he couldn’t solve. “I found him crying,” Garcia, a mother of four, told WCPO. “He said they usually get to ask questions at the end of class, and when he was going to ask, the teacher said time ran out and stopped the call.”

Like so many parents across Greater Cincinnati, Garcia is struggling to help her children manage the remote learning that’s taking place this school year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The struggle is compounded, Garcia said, because she doesn’t speak much English.

Across the Tri-State, advocates say, parents who don’t speak English are left trying to help their children navigate a new way of learning with instructions that often are written and communicated with only English speakers in mind.