In Las Vegas, the burdens of remote learning rest heavy on working parents

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Rosa Corona’s workday as a janitor begins at 9 a.m. at the Encore and Wynn Las Vegas, the two smoothly curving glass monoliths that comprise one of the Las Vegas Strip’s largest hotel and casino resorts. Her husband, Daniel Guerrero, also works at Encore, but on the graveyard shift, cleaning carpets and dusting marble. He starts at midnight and gets off at 8 a.m., right around the time their two older kids, 12 and 14, log on to their digital classrooms. Their kindergarten-age daughter, however, requires the presence of a parent.

That hour between the end of his shift and the beginning of hers epitomizes the pandemic’s burden on working parents. If everything goes according to plan, Guerrero gets home to help their kindergartener, just as Corona heads out the door, with only enough time for a few words in passing. On a recent morning, however, the timing was off: Traffic was bad and Guerrero’s shift ran late. Corona barely had time to set her daughter up for the digital classroom, hand her some Play-Doh and then rush out the door.

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