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She lost trust in schools over their COVID-19 measures. Now this Valley mom fears her kids will too

Like a lot of parents these days, Sara Wellensiek sends her kids to school with no small amount of trepidation.

It’s hard to know what to do as a parent during a pandemic, and omicron has only made it tougher to navigate this constantly changing terrain.

Wellensiek has three kids at both a charter and a district school in the Valley, and says both schools have lost her trust when it comes to ensuring COVID-19 safety.

She herself is a former science teacher, and her husband is a professor of virology. So they’ve approached the pandemic very carefully. And she said she worries not only about the impact this has on a parent’s relationship with their children’s school, but the kid’s relationship with it as well.

The Show spoke with her to learn about her experience and concerns.

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Lauren Gilger, host of KJZZ's The Show, is an award-winning journalist whose work has impacted communities large and small, exposing injustices and giving a voice to the voiceless and marginalized.