As we head towards back to school season 2020, there are many things parents must discuss, and decide upon. Some school districts are offering a full-time in-person model, other districts have opted to use a hybrid model, then other schools have opted to go full time virtual. This is all too confusing and hard for many parents out there.
Since many parents are confused about what options they have for this back to school season, I wanted to explain the three options I’ve seen floating around in various states and what each option entails. This should better equip you with the knowledge needed to make an educated decision on which option will fit your family’s needs best.
Different School Options for Back to School 2020
The in-person school model is much like a regular school. Your kids will head to school five days a week with new requirements. The school district may require or encourage masks to be worn when students cannot be physically distant. Teachers and students must do their best to maintain social distancing requirements, such as staying 6 feet away from others. Handwashing and sanitizing of classrooms will be required more frequently than before.
Virtual or Remote School
This is another option that is sometimes combined with in-person school for the back to school 2020 season. A virtual or remote school option, whether full time or part-time, includes having your child’s teacher reach out via one of their online meeting platforms like Zoom, or Google Meet to instruct the students for their particular class in a virtual setting. This option will allow your children to attend their regular classes from the comfort and safety of your home.
Lastly, homeschooling is legal in all fifty states. There are different regulations and requirements state to state so I suggest you review what your particular regulations are in your state and county. This is an excellent option for any parent who’s able to enroll their student in an online homeschooling program or educate their children from home. Since homeschooling only requires about two hours per day on average, it’s a reasonable option for working and non-working parents to consider.
No matter what option you opt to go with for the back to school 2020 season, the key is to do your best to research the options and discuss them with your family. You may find that your older kids are perfectly fine attending full-time in-person classes while wearing their masks or you may find your children are anxious about the idea. The key is to determine what option will work best for each child and your family’s schedule before making a rash decision for this school year.