LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Before the new school year even started, the COVID-19 pandemic was already testing school districts like Jefferson County Public Schools. It's not only back to school for students and teachers, but parents, and two qualified grandparents are hitting rewind.
From Pleasure Ridge Park High School to their nearby home, teaching again wasn't exactly part of the plan. After nearly two decades, former principal Charles Miller and his wife and fellow teacher, Carmen, are coming out of retirement.
"I said, 'Do you think we could possibly help our grandchildren?'" Carmen Miller said. "He wasn't too gung-ho about it, so I had to twist his arm a little."
Like so many homes, the Millers' kitchen turned into a classroom. Cousins Nathan, Isabella, Olivia, Charlie and Miller are classmates, and school lunches just got better.
"I'm usually the lunch boy," Charles Miller said. "So, I usually go out. I think they're going to have PRP Pizza today."
Monday through Friday, the grandparents are now disciplinarians.
"They're here until about 2:30 (p.m.)," Carmen Miller said. "I have to tell you the truth. When they leave, we both stretch out on the couch and take a nap."
Virtual learning isn't without its challenges.
"They teach us about some stuff about technology," Charles Miller said.
It's all As from this clan. "Whenever they do help, they're a huge help. So, I'd say A," said 12-year-old Charlie Miller.
"I think it makes it a lot easier, considering the fact that they used to work at a school, and they're really helpful, and it's really nice to have them," said 11-year-old Olivia Slone.
"They think that we can teach I guess. and they do listen sometimes," Charles Miller said.
These retired educators say they feel for JCPS. "I think we've both been on the firing line. We realize what risk teachers and students take if we went back before we needed to go back," Carmen said. "Hopefully things will get better, and kids can resume their normal lives."
For now, this family is enjoying this invaluable time they know they won't get back. "I love seeing my grandchildren every morning that's really a blessing," said Carmen.
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