Central Falls mom says virtual learning isn’t virtual at all

CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (WLNE) – School has been tough for parents, students and teachers, but one mom in Central Falls says their virtual learning isn’t virtual at all.

Meghan Graham says there weren’t enough laptops in the district to go around, so only high schooler’s got them, while the others get paper packets sent home.

Graham has three kids in the district. Her kindergartener, first and third grader all go to Ella Risk Elementary School. She said back to school was not what she expected.

“I’m not qualified to be a teacher,” Graham said. “They’re in important grades and this is going to affect them going forward.”

Central Falls was one of the districts that did not get the green light to re-open by the Governor. Families had the option to choose a hybrid or virtual model. Graham chose hybrid.

However, on the days when her children are working from home, she says they finish their work in an hour or two.

“My daughter, she had different letters, like just coloring the letters,” Graham said. “I mean she’s in first grade, but she’s learning to read, she knows power words and things like that. She’s known her alphabet since she was in preschool, I feel like it was just busy work.”

She sent pictures of just some of her kid’s assignments. One of the assignments for her first grader asked to connect the dotted lines of a number. Another assignment asked to circle the following words in a snow globe, but no words were assigned so they picked their own. For her third grader, he was assigned addition and subtraction, but there are no virtual lessons, so they can’t ask questions unless they email the teacher.

“I’m really concerned. My third grader has ADHD and it’s hard for me to keep him engaged. I don’t feel like they’re gaining anything this year.”

Graham says she doesn’t blame the teachers and knows they’re doing the best they can with what they’re provided.

“The Governor was the first person to say we weren’t going for in-person and then just left us to figure it out,” Graham said. “Where are all the devices? There are so many other districts, there are so many other options to fix this and nobody is doing anything.”

ABC 6 reached out to RIDE for comment. We are waiting to hear back.

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