menu

contact

donate

event photos

videos

contact

event photos

videos

donate

COVID-19

As a school parent, 2021 is a better year

This article was written by Bamba Diop,and an ALG member and father of two school-aged children.

As a parent, this year has been very different than last year. I feel great about this school year because my two kids were able to go back to school in person instead of remote learning. 

I had anxiety in the 2020-2021 school year during the Covid-19 outbreak. It was hard to balance both working from home and at the same time helping my kids with remote learning and homework. And it’s not the case this school year. So, my stress level has decreased. Even so, I still have a little bit of concern about coronavirus infection. 

However I do have a concern. I have some issues this year because my daughter, Anta Diop, is three years old and has been placed in special education by the Cherry Creek School District because she has a speech delay.  

One of the issues was that I had to send numerous emails to the Child Find Center to get my child evaluated. After she was evaluated around  last May it took them some time to place my daughter in the right preschool that could meet her special education needs until her first day of school on August 17th, 2021. I am still wondering, why did it take them so long? 

Along with that, I am also disappointed that her preschool placement is far away from where we live. It’s around 20 minutes’ drive. This is too much for a three-year-old child. However, I am thankful for Diana Gassen at the Red Hawk Ridge Child Find Center. She was the only one who took this matter with a sense of urgency. 

Among the good things I am seeing in this school year is that Anta had been in speech and occupational therapy with early intervention since April 2020 and her speech was not improving until she started going to preschool. Now, her vocabulary is growing. She can now say more than 20 words and take direction. However, she still needs a lot of improvement, but the trends are headed in the right direction. 

Related Stories

Q & A with Dr. Anne Keke, incoming Aurora school board member

ALG interviewed Dr. Anne Keke last week about her experiences running for office, what she learned, and what her top priorities are as she begins her board service on November 30.

Leadership Africa 2021- My impact story

Leadership Africa taught me how to get out of my comfort zone and helped me take the initiative to lead, and I did it with grace and support from my fellow leaders. 

As a school parent, 2021 is a better year

As a parent, this year has been very different than last year. I feel great about this school year because my two kids were able to go back to school in person instead of remote learning. 

Leadership Africa program stages joyous graduation celebration

Leadership Africa, the African Leadership Group’s new professional and civic leadership program, held its first graduation ceremony during a high-spirited celebration on the evening of October 23

Upcoming Events