Whoa so the 2019-2020 school year ended quite differently than any of us expected. My son was in 1st grade and had to quickly learn how to adjust to distance learning for the last two months of the year. I also have a younger brother who graduated from high school and sadly, we had to watch from home.
Now as we approach the new 2020-2021 school year, us parents are having to make some pretty hard decisions.
It gives me goosebumps just thinking about how we got put into this spot without any warning nor any guidance.
So what schooling options do parents have for this year?
Many forget about the third option but is actually the one that a lot of parents are going towards (especially working parents like us). So before completely making up your mind, take a look at the three schooling options below and see which one will work best for you.
Send kids back to school
Yup, of course an option here is to send your kids back to school. Sadly, for many parents, not sending them back isn’t an option. And for others, it’s their preferred choice for many reasons. In fact, pros and cons (along with alternatives) to sending kids back to school during the pandemic are listed in “Should You Send Your Kids Back to School?”
Revert to distance learning
Many schools are offering the option of distance learning for all ages. This means that schooling will still be done by the school but in a virtual setting. But if we’re being honest, the schools were not prepared for this task a few months ago. And who can blame them? So no one really knows how a full-year (or even a full semester) of distance learning will look. But hey, it’s a safe option for parents who are able to take this route and to better start preparing yourself for this, you can visit “Tips for Parents: How To Prepare for Distance Learning.”
I say begin because the current population of homeschoolers is much lower now than what it will be this upcoming school year. I know this because I’ve done research. I'm also a part of several working mom Facebook groups in which working moms especially are saying this will be their first year of homeschool. Snippets of homeschooling, reasons why and an extremely valuable (and affordable) resource to help you get started with this option are listed in the two posts above. So don’t leave this option out just yet because it may actually become the winner for working parents like us.
Sigh. Like I said. This is a huge decision that we honestly wish we didn’t have to make. But unfortunately, there’s no way around this.
However, just know that no one can make this decision for you. And no matter which decision you decide to make, know that it is the right choice for you family (regardless of which one you picked and what anyone else says).
We will get through this as we get through everything else. So sending you well wishes and continue to stay safe.