Like many others, local dad Darryl Wheeler is really hoping that schools open up, at least before his kids get to algebra.

“I wasn’t really worried about it when schools first closed,” Wheeler told the Velvet Hamster. “I figured it would just be for a few weeks, and I can help them well enough. I’ve got one kid working on addition and subtraction and another one learning his times tables. I can handle that just fine.”

With no end in sight, though, he is beginning to get nervous.

“Right now, they definitely think I’m smart. What if this lasts long enough for them to find out I can’t do eighth-grade math?” 

A poll of Velvet Hamster readers shows that this fear is present among 87 percent of parents.