Overcoming challenges to provide safety

Landon Taylor, third grader at Westwood Elementary School, right, and Cody Keese, second grader at Hickerson Elementary, study together.

Monica Marquis is helping six students adjust to distance learning.

Overcoming challenges to provide safety

Hailey Marquis is 11th grader at Coffee County Central High School.

“I have a college degree in education, and I taught for five years,” said Marquis.

This unique and unexpected situation has sometimes brought challenges.

Overcoming challenges to provide safety

Darryl Taylor, ninth grader at Raider Academy.

“This has still been complicated and sometimes frustrating even for me,” Marquis said.

The pandemic has affected everyone’s life, and despite of the struggles, Marquis has strived to provide a productive learning environment.

Overcoming challenges to provide safety

Jaxen Brandon, seventh grader at Westwood Middle School.

Overcoming challenges to provide safety

Torrance Taylor is eighth grader at Westwood Middle School.

“One of my children is special needs, so he needs a lot of attention,” she said. “I also had to increase my internet to be able to run six laptops at one time which results in a higher bill. My husband is the only one working right now, and it’s just not possible for me to even look for a job while I have to be home and monitor the children.”

She believes the safety of children is most important.

“I still feel it was the best choice with our county numbers still rising,” Marquis said. “Hopefully in time, we’ll all get used to it.”

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