Working parents face continued chaos despite reopened schools
Los Angeles Unified Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho, left, greets parents on his visit to Elysian Heights Elementary Arts Magnet on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, in Los Angeles. - Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times/TNS

Kelly McCormick thought she’d be back on the job long ago, but the coronavirus pandemic continually finds ways to keep her home helping her two young children. One day in December, her son’s Maryland school told her to pick up her 10-year-old immediately: He had been exposed to COVID-19 by a classmate who sat near him in a workgroup and at lunch. When she arrived at the school, she found other parents who had gotten the same midday call. “That’s when I realized what an effect this has on parents,” she said in an interview with Stateline. “I never could have done this with my job. There are too...