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Parents Prepare For At Least 2 Weeks With LAUSD Kids At Home Thanks To Coronavirus

File: Kids play at LAUSD's Vanalden Elementary School. (Mariana Dale/LAist)
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Parents are having to figure out how they're going to manage having kids at home for at least two weeks, thanks to LAUSD and other local schools shutting down to stop the spread of the coronavirus, starting Monday. Families are preparing for at-home instruction and a new demand for daily childcare.

Parents at Eagle Rock Plaza on Saturday morning said they were cobbling together childcare through the help of relatives. Myleen Mendoza, a pharmacy technician, said she was so grateful her in-laws could help watch her 4-year-old son. She was happy that she was going to see her son more because his pre-school was closed.

Another woman, Adriana Kahwaji, doesn’t have to worry about daycare as a stay-at-home mom — but she said half-jokingly that she wishes her three kids weren’t going to be at home. Places you’d take the kids to, like the zoo or library, are closed.

With the rainy weather, outdoor play is out. She’s bracing for a lot of cries of "I’m bored." And the rainy weather is expected to continue for the next several days.

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Eagle Rock parent Ron Greulich spent the morning shopping at Target with his daughter. Since he works as a paralegal and his wife is a part-time daycare worker, they plan to take turns watching her.

"Because where I work, they're encouraging to work from home. They want to keep the actual amount of people at the office low," Greulich said.

Sarah Greulich, 12, said she's taking online instruction during the school week and catching up on other school work.

"I'll probably play video games," Sarah said.

And go on TikTok, her dad added.


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