Cynthia Springer divided the main floor of her Edmonton home into three separate classrooms as her children began online classes through Edmonton Catholic Schools this month.
In a normal year, the kindergarten, Grade 2 and Grade 5 students would be spending their days at Monsignor William Irwin Catholic School in Terwillegar.
Instead, Springer, who worked as a teacher before switching to being a stay-at-home parent, circulates among her three children throughout the day, checking on how class is going and running breaks and lunchtimes.
While it can be a bit hectic balancing competing demands, she said it’s the best option for her family.
“I just thought it was easier for us,” she said. “It’s uncertain right now, what’s going to happen. It’s safer for us to be at home.”
Springer said another factor was that her son has mild asthma.
“All three of my kids catch every sickness that goes