To follow this up....Its a horrible situation with untenable choices.
So many women--well parents left the workforce in 2020 when we thought things were the worst it will ever be. But here we are. They've been trying to trickle back into the workforce and still experiencing categorical poverty. Like, they are technically homeless despite living with friends or a relative. Its not their home. This economy depends on 2 things: 1) People working 2) People buying stuff and spending money.
Period. I really feel bad for shift workers, and lower income earners who work 40-50 hours or multiple jobs to stay afloat.....And who have the jobs where you HAVE to be present at the workplace to DO the job.
And every other day, I see another parent upset because they have to either go leave without pay, burn precious vacation time, or work from home because a kid has to quarantine. Its been a never-ending cycle.
I know a mon who's kids have been on quarantine more than they've been IN school since early August. School started here on August 11th.
I worry now, when I send the little one back....how long before or if they are quarantining again? And then again? The 2 weeks of HW and classwork with our 2nd grader was like running a marathon. Of course she took a test on her 1st day back yesterday and got 100% on the reading and language arts part and did not do well on the math. You know she was heartbroken but her dad and I even more because we squeezed a lot of concepts in as much as possible. I was also studying everyday myself for a certification exam. So we are on NO sleep.