COVID rates are down, but some Bronx parents are not ready for in-person learning
For the first time in almost a decade, Bronx mom Lourdes Jibodh did not receive a letter from her son’s school saying that his promotion to the next grade level was in doubt.
Instead, her 17-year-old son Christian Camacho has been performing well academically while learning online during the pandemic. The junior at Antonia Pantoja Preparatory Academy struggles with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, making it difficult for him to focus, especially in a crowded classroom with all kinds of distractions.
Remote learning proved to be a boon for Camacho, and his mom is not ready to give it up. Jibodh is part of a vocal group of parents in the Bronx who are infuriated at city leaders for failing to engage them in planning for the upcoming school year, which they say should include an option for remote learning.
“It’s not Christian’s ADHD that is failing him, it’s the inequity and large class sizes that exist in the schools,” said Jibodh, adding that her son’s grades have gone from barely passing to C’s, B’s and even some A’s.
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