It has been less than a month since school started for Katy Beebe's two children and she already knows it's going to be another tough one thanks to Covid-19.
Upon dropping her 11-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son at school, the first thing Beebe, of Greenville, South Carolina, noticed was "some teachers masked, some not," she told CNN over email.
"Most parents walking their children in, unmasked. We regrouped after day one and talked again about needing to not only protect ourselves, but our family and neighbors," Beebe said. "So, they’re reluctantly wearing their masks. I know they have them on for drop off and pickup, I obviously can’t enforce wearing throughout the school day."
Beebe lives in one of the hardest-hit infection areas of the state, she said. That stress has also been felt by her children.
"My daughter is especially concerned because she thinks her teacher won’t like her and the students will make fun of her for being cautious," Beebe said. "She’s also afraid that she will be labeled a Biden supporter and ostracized, she obviously isn’t old enough to fully understand but she’s picked up on the politics of it."
One of the few silver linings for the Beebe family is her ability to work from home, which has cut down on commuting two hours each day.
"We’ve joined a play gym and go in the evenings or we swim. I’ve managed to lose more than 50 pounds," Beebe said. "Our Saturdays and Sundays belong to family time and church, and life finally doesn’t feel like one harried week after another."
Beebe added: "I truly love my state for so many reasons, and I have my parents and grandparents nearby, our church family, our whole lives here. But, I’ve been so disappointed in our governor’s actions and statements. He tied the hands of our school district. It’s all political infighting that has put my family at risk."