With the statewide teacher work stoppage continuing for a fourth day, a Shinnston parent discussed difficulties that parents have been facing.
Tammy Kernan, mother of three, said that she is self-employed and has not been affected as much as some other parents when it comes to finding childcare. However, Kernan said she is seeing a domino effect because some of her business clients are canceling with her because they cannot find childcare and therefore cannot afford to do business anymore.
Kernan said teachers deserve more as far as PEIA and wage increases, but that its time to go back to school.
“I do volunteer work with the schools and the teachers. We really need them. They are what brings our children up. They are just as important as the parents are. We really need them in the schools so that they can keep teaching the kids,” said Kernan.
She said parents could also be facing scheduling conflicts during the summer months with the addition of more school days.