FISHERS, Ind. — It’s e-learning only for students at Hamilton Southeastern Schools. Other school districts like South Bend and Washington Township are doing the same thing because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.
That includes students who have special needs. Shawn Fields O’Connor is one of many parents in Fishers who has a child with a disability.
“Maddox was born with a rare form of Muscular Dystrophy called Mitochondrial Disease, and it affects his lungs,” said O’Connor to WISH-TV. “It requires him to wear supplemental oxygen and he has an underlying heart condition that we control with medication.”
O’Connor said she is fine with the district’s decision to go the e-learning route for the fall semester. But, she is wary of the fact that she now has to care for her son while he completes his coursework online while maintaining a full-time job of her own.
“I still have to cook dinner for my kids, I have to get Maddox’s medication, I have to give him fluids, he might need infusions that day,” continued O’Connor.
But she says e-learning is the safest option for her son and that she is willing to bite the bullet for the time being.