Area school closures hit some families hard

Cristina Duran applauds Temple ISD and other school districts for their free meal programs during extended spring breaks. (Photo by Alex Gibbs)
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TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) The extension of spring break in school districts across Central Texas is hitting some families hard, especially those living paycheck to paycheck.

Cristina Duran will have a lot on her plate this week.

She and her husband are taking care of their five children and a mother-in-law.

"We're playing a lot of board games and getting a lot of spring cleaning done," she said.

After Temple ISD delayed school for an extra week to prevent the spread of the virus, she says her family has taken a hit.

"Especially since I do substituting and if I'm not working, there's not a lot of income coming in at this time," she said.

Even things like grocery shopping have been a problem.

"We ran out of diapers," she said.

"So when my husband went out to the store to get some, a lady got upset because he got the last two small packages of diapers. She said 'You can't take them all' and he goes 'Well, I have two babies and I need it.'"

Duran applauds Temple ISD and other school districts for their free meal programs.

She adds that it's just another way Central Texas is coming together during a national crisis.

"With everything that's going on, we just need to remember we're still a community and we need to take care of each other."