Jesse McCoy has quite the remote learning set up at his home in Astoria.
“But it's nothing like being in person. All we do is sit on our computers all day. It’s so boring,” he said.
So naturally, the fifth grader is disappointed in-person learning is now on pause.
He and his sister Jane attend P.S. 122 and they usually go there for live instruction one or two times a week.
They say their remote days just aren’t the same.
“I go on Google meets and it’s like hard to stare at just one screen like for a whole hour and like listen and learn on a computer. It would be way easier going in person. We could go to the bathroom and take a break,” she said.
Their parents Jenn Schulte and Brian McCoy know their kids are resilient, but they admit it’s been a challenge for everyone.
They say it’s unfair to punish students when positivity rates are lower in schools compared to the citywide average.
“I’m sorry, but if you’re gonna chose a gym being open over my child being able to go to school, I have a really big problem with that. It would be like Christmas morning for them. They would wake up super excited. I mean what kid is excited to go to school,” said Schulte.
Schulte and McCoy are also both looking for employment while juggling remote learning.
“It’s hard to teach your own children. Anybody who is a parent tell you, they listen to others more than they listen to their parents,” said Brian McCoy.
For now, they’ll just try to make the best of it and find ways to make their home feel like the classroom for Jesse and Jane.
The city started in-person learning just eight weeks ago. The McCoys just hope it will return again.