Nicole Jones had September circled on her calendar for months, marking when life would return to normal. Her four kids would be back in school, so she could go back to work.
But it’s not turning out that way. Her oldest son had to return home, evacuating from Xavier University of Louisiana ahead of Hurricane Ida, and it’s not clear when schools will reopen. Her high-schooler and 8-year-old just started classes, but there is drama over mask-wearing. Plus, there’s no after-school child care available because there aren’t enough staffers and bus drivers.
“I’m literally in limbo. I’ve been job searching, but it’s hard right now with so many unknowns,” said Jones, who lives in Cincinnati. “I don’t want to accept a job offer and then have to stop.”