Many discussions on a true return to "normal" — not just the phased, socially-distanced reopening of bars, restaurants and summer camps that's started in Wisconsin and around the world, but an actual rooting out of the virus — revolve around a vaccine that could be several years away.
The network of organizations that provide parenting classes, support groups and other services to struggling families are shifting to social media, socially-distant supply drop-offs and other "new normal" ways of doing business to try to reach families under increased stress from the pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic and Wisconsin's efforts to contain the disease means a lot of people are working and learning from home — but many in the state lack the digital infrastructure to access school and work where they live.
With children out of schools and away from coaches, counselors and other adults who could notice that something's amiss at home, the number of reports to Wisconsin's Child Protective Services is down even lower than the typical summer slump.
The closure of Wisconsin schools through the end of the year means kids are at home with parents who still go in to work, are working from home, or are not working at all, which has made both working and keeping up with schooling hard for parents.