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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 02-17-2021

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PAWTUCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | FEBRUARY 17-23, 2021 IN OUR SCHOOLS 9 Tomasian is one of several Pawtucket parents who shared with The Breeze how sending their children back to school will be a blessing, both for them and for their kids, following the Pawtucket School Committee's decision to approve a gradual reopening plan on Feb. 9. "I wish they listened to us a little bit earlier," Tomasian said of the school board, but "I'm glad they heard our voices. These kids are suf- fering." Tomasian also has a daughter, Aubrey, who's in pre-K at Greene Elementary, who has been diagnosed with ADHD and has been regressing socially and academically by being at home, as well as a 3-year-old son Dean, she said. Having her children back at school is going to improve her schedule, too, she said. "I can start focusing back on myself. … It's definitely going to make my schedule a little easier." She said she's aware that her kids could be learning at home again at the drop of a hat, if, for example, there's a COVID-19 exposure in the classroom and everyone has to quar- antine, but she added that she's lucky that she's at home and can manage that. For Kristen Mota, distance learning has been difficult for her children, 8th-grader Alex and 5th-grader Caroline, and she welcomes the School Committee's decision to reopen schools. "Both my kids have been anxious and depressed, increasingly over time. … They're both failing classes where they weren't before," she said. "I'm thrilled that they're going back. … They're both excited." Despite the challenges, Mota noted that her children's teachers have been amazing and have been work- ing with her however they can. She said she feels bad for the students who will have new teachers for the remainder of the school year. "That's horrible," she said. "I think they should have offered this option from the beginning and that would have alleviated a lot." Having to juggle her job as an operations manager for a financial advisory firm with having her chil- dren home for distance learning has been brutal, she said. "The kids don't just need me home with them. They need me there to keep them focused (and) answer questions that they have," she said. When she heard the decision to reopen schools, she said she felt immediately relieved. "It's going to be much better," she said. Having her children return to school means that Destini Ceceri can go back to work now, she said. "Thank goodness," she said. "It's a wonderful decision." Her son Gianni, a 4th-grader at Potter-Burns Elementary, was excited when his mom told him the news PARENTS From Page One VINCENT CECERI, left, a kindergartner, and his brother GIANNI, a 4th-grader at Potter-Burns Elementary School in Pawtucket, virtually learning at home. 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