Education

What back-to-school looks like in Durham County

Posted August 17, 2020 3:51 p.m. EDT
Updated August 17, 2020 4:57 p.m. EDT

— The first day of school looks different across the state amid the coronavirus pandemic, and Durham is no exception.

Some teachers are still going in to the schools to teach from their classrooms-- virtually, of course.

Tammy Chance of Hillside High School has been a teacher for 27 years.

In this year that's unlike any other, the familiar excitement is still there alongside added concerns.

"The excitement is there to start a new school year," she said. "But just a little anxious over all the changes that are taking place.

Those changes include an all-remote start to the school year for students.

"I don't want to get emotional," Chance said. "It's hard. I think every teacher does it because we want to help our young people and grow them, and so it is kind of hard not to have them here."

Chance said that only 5 of 18 students who were registered for the class were in attendance on Zoom. citing technical issues.

The technical issues that are occurring statewide have thrown a wrench into an already difficult situation for parents.

Ashley Canady has four kids enrolled in Durham Public Schools and is the resident council president of McDougald Terrace.

"It was the most stressful thing I’ve been through in years," she said. "It was a piece of work. It was hard. We still didn’t get logged in."

Canady said she stopped trying after receiving a call from the school system informing her of the issues.

"We’d been up since 6 o’clock trying to get it to work and it didn’t work," she said.

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