Sixth-grader Audrey Ramirez waves to her classmates as they wait for their teacher to enter the Zoom meeting Wednesday, April 1, while she attends school remotely at her Brownsville home. With schools closed by the state for the rest of the school year, students have been attending school remotely to limit the spread of COVID-19.(Denise Cathey/The Brownsville Herald)
First-grader Sophia Garza groans at her worksheet for learning how to write out time Thursday, March 26, as her mother Brenda helps her with her schoolwork at the dining room table in their Brownsville home.(Denise Cathey/The Brownsville Herald)
First-grader Jacob Ramirez eats his breakfast in his family’s kitchen Wednesday, April 1, before starting his school work for the day at the family’s Brownsville home. While his sister starts her days earlier, Jacob’s mother lets him begin his school day at his own pace.(Denise Cathey/The Brownsville Herald)
Giana Hesterberg uses a pencil to lead her daughter Cecily through playing “Mary’s Lamb” Thursday, April 2, during the family’s piano lessons at their Brownsville home. Hesterberg has added to her children’s usual schooling to include skills like piano and typing as they finish their school year remotely. “So they don’t have a choice with things like piano.. or Jack with typing. They are skills that I think are essential and foundational,” Hesterberg said. (Denise Cathey/The Brownsville Herald)
Waiting for the family’s laptop to be free, Jennifer Ramirez sits with her son Jacob as he plays a game on his Nintendo Switch Wednesday, April 1, after completing a few of his daily worksheets for school at home.(Denise Cathey/The Brownsville Herald)
Brenda Garza comes back inside to talk with her daughter Camila Thursday, March 26, after checking-in with her husband, Omar, in the family’s garage-turned-gym in their Brownsville home. In-between monitoring their children’s school work, the couple have been working to run their business PÜR Fitness & Health and remotely train clients from home.(Denise Cathey/The Brownsville Herald)
Giana Hesterberg brings up her fingers along her head to resemble horns as she walks her children through memorizing Psalm1:1-2 Thursday, April 4, as the Hesterberg family starts off their school day.(Denise Cathey/The Brownsville Herald)
Nancy Rodriguez watches her sons, Campy and Mickey, play basketball Friday, April 3, as part of their daily workout in their driveway in Rancho Viejo. With both boys involved with the basketball teams at their schools, staying home has removed some of their daily structure. “They’ve got to have an outlet, but they are used to having it more structured. So I’m having to remind them ‘hey make sure you go outside or you go workout’,” Ramirez said. (Denise Cathey/The Brownsville Herald)
Jacob and Audrey Ramirez work on their school work together Wednesday, April 1, in the living room of their Brownsville home. With only one computer, the two children and their mother take turns doing their work and attending Zoom meetings throughout the day. (Denise Cathey/The Brownsville Herald)
Giana Hesterberg sits with her daughters Cecily and Felicity as they work on their reading skills by reading aloud together Thursday, April 2 in the family’s schoolroom at home.(Denise Cathey/The Brownsville Herald)
Camila and Diego Garza head out into the neighborhood for their scheduled break from schoolwork Thursday, March 26, outside the family’s home in Brownsville.(Denise Cathey/The Brownsville Herald)
While her brother Jack finishes his worksheets, Cecily Hesterberg lays on the floor during her free time following her reading activity Thursday, April 1, at her family’s home in Brownsville.(Denise Cathey/The Brownsville Herald)
A whiteboard with “I love you all I hope the coronavirus is done” written on it lays on the floor of Cecily Hesterberg’s room Thursday, April 2, at the family’s Brownsville home.(Denise Cathey/The Brownsville Herald)