BDN reporter Eesha Pendharkar attends a multimedia class at Brewer High School in January 2021 where she spent a day to experience what high school is like for kids during the pandemic. At right is sophomore Brady Saunders. Credit: Linda Coan O'Kresik / BDN

Some Maine parents are continuing to push for five days of in-person learning for students.

Tuesday night, some of them held a rally outside of the Augusta Civic Center, where the Maine Legislature is meeting.

Parents who were at the rally say their kids are struggling with remote learning, and that the education isn’t as great as it was during in-person learning.

The Maine Department of Education says all schools that could reopen to fully in-person learning safely have done so, and that they are doing what they can to help kids struggling with remote learning.

“We continue to hear that there are no studies that show it would be safe to put kids closer than the three-foot recommendation,” Maine Department of Education Commissioner Pender Makin said.

“I have two kindergartners at home,” South Portland parent Laura Foss said. “I think it’s a lot of screen time with not a lot of instruction.”