Mother says her 1st grader, learning remotely, has no teacher

According to Levasseur, her daughter has been getting about 30 minutes of school per day, which consists of a meeting via computer and no class work.

 

WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE) -The hiccups in the reopening of Rhode Island schools continue, as a first grade class in Warwick, a district which is learning remotely, doesn’t have any teacher assigned to it according to one of the student’s parents.

That parent, Tara Levasseur, says her daughter Priya, who is enrolled at Holliman Elementary School, also hasn’t been assigned any class work so far.

“And I know it’s only the first week, but I don’t know how long this is going to go on for,” said Levasseur

According to Levasseur, her daughter has been getting about 30 minutes of school per day, which consists of a meeting via computer and no class work.

“I just don’t feel like 24 first grade students need no teacher and no classwork,” said Levasseur.

She says some of the other specialists in the school have been trying to help out for the first week, but she’s worried her daughter isn’t doing enough.

Now she’s bought home schooling supplies to try and make up the difference, but she isn’t sure that’ll help much.

“I work four days of the week so she goes to my babysitter’s houses who are teaching her the lesson plans I give her,” said Levasseur. “But I’m not a teacher! I don’t know where to begin!”

In emails Levasseur shared with ABC 6, the school’s principal says they are continuing to work to get, “The right person in the role as soon as possible.”

She’s also reached out to the superintendent and mayor, but has not heard back.

“I just am afraid that these are the foundation years of her education and I’m afraid that she’s missing out,” said Levasseur.

After reaching out to the Warwick superintendent, ABC6 was told that the 1st grade teacher was on a leave of absence and a substitute was needed.  According to the superintendent, “The Human Resources Department hired three different substitutes for that classroom.  After originally accepting the assignment each one of the substitutes declined to take the position due to different personal circumstances.”

Superintendent Thornton went on to say “In a true team effort, several members of the Holliman staff volunteered to teach the class so that students would receive instruction and learning activities last week. At this time we have secured a permanent substitute teacher for the First Grade position at Holliman Elementary School.”

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