Mask requirement leads Arkansas mom to quit school job, teach her kids from home

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A Valley Springs School staff member has resigned from her position to stay home with her children to do virtual learning.

Shrable served as a Para-professional at Arkansas’s Valley Springs School District, helping students in need of life skills.

She decided to quit her job as an educator after learning how COVID-19 would impact her own kids heading back to the school this fall.

“I won’t be there for my students this year, and that breaks my heart,” said Shrable. “But as parents, we wouldn’t want to spend our days doing what the kids are doing. And if we don’t want to do that, we aren’t making our children do it.”

The spread of the coronavirus is on Shrable’s mind, but mostly she believes the strict mask policies in schools state-wide and limited interactions in the classroom and recess could be mentally draining for her kids.

Shrable said that’s why she ultimately chose to leave the school and become a teacher to her children in their home.

“It’s not fair, and if that’s how it’s going to be then I want them to be home and comfortable,” said Shrable.

The mom of four will teach three of her kids. One is finishing up elementary school, another just getting started, and her daughter is starting high school.

She feels the heartache knowing her daughter will miss out on many of her first high school experiences, but Shrable believes turning her full attention to her children’s education is the best choice for them right now.

“We love our school,” said Shrable. “We absolutely love Valley Springs and I hope one day we can go back and everything go back to normal.”