If I need to approach homeschooling or online schooling this fall, it’s with the idea that it’s a stop-gap solution until we have a viable vaccine, and it’s reasonably safe for my kids to return to school.
At this point, I can’t see how returning to school is even going to be remotely safe. We already see new spikes in the States that pushed to reopen too soon (Georgia, I’m looking at you). Spikes are occurring in Ohio, even with a very slow reopen.
The last thing I want to do aside from endangering the lives of my kids is to finally get them into a routine, only to have to start over again by sending them back to school, only to have the schools shut down a second time due to the second wave that’s predicted to hit in September. I don’t see a viable path forward until we have an effective vaccine that’s widely available.
Am I overreacting? I honestly don’t believe I am. I posted a poll on Twitter that had 4500 responses. I asked parents if they were seriously considering at-home learning due to the COVID19 pandemic. 40% said they are not comfortable sending their kids to school in the fall, especially without a vaccine. The majority of the 60% that said they weren’t looking at homeschooling solutions were because they have to work. It’s not that they don’t agree, but they also have to feed their kids and pay their bills. I get it. This is a lose-lose situation.
I know that’s just a Twitter poll, but I was surprised by how many weren’t willing to send their kids to school this fall. If that’s even remotely accurate, that’s a huge shift.
Anyway, the absolute priority for me is to keep my kids safe and healthy. Lizze and I have been back and forth on this, and we can’t seem to find a workable solution that doesn’t put the kids at unacceptable risk. She’s currently researching home education options for me, and we’ll go from there. We are united on this, and I’m grateful for that.
COVID19 is not behind us yet. We are still very much in the thick of it. Human nature is to take a mile when we’re given an inch. As we begin easing restrictions, I genuinely fear what’s going to happen. As parents, we have to do what we feel is best for our families. These aren’t easy decisions, and I know many factors come into play while making them. All you can do is your best. I have a high-risk child, and that dramatically changes the calculus for me, as it does for anyone in that situation.
I have to take this one day at a time but keep an eye on the very near future. I have to think ten moves ahead because I do not want to be caught off guard.