Orange Zone: Parents and teachers discuss the impact of going to full remote learning

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Darlene Maclay is a Williamsville mother of twins, one boy and one girl  — they’re both seniors in high school and like many kids in Erie County’s orange zone, they have to go back to full remote learning. 

“We’re going to have an educational pandemic in this country, because these kids are falling behind, and we’re going to have a mental health issue with this kids because they need some level of interaction,” Maclay said.

Some of the parents in these zones question the requirements laid down by the state for schools to reopen.

“I almost feel like, at the state level, the standard that they put before us, there’s very few school district’s who can meet that. It’s like sabotage. I don’t understand how a hard line has been drawn when it comes to our kids,” said Michelle Mckinstry Williamsville parent.

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