What’s The Right Answer??? There is no right answer, but I know what I’ll be doing…
Last week I was given a choice. It was sent to me via Email from my child’s school district. Do I want my child to return to school in the Fall with very strict rules and guidelines? Or Do I want to continue my virtual learning (Which we did from March-June because we had no choice)?
Want to know what I chose??
I CHOSE to continue virtual learning….
It’s not something I ever planned on. Homeschooling is not something I ever really considered. I was one of those parents that used to actually enjoy dropping my kid off at school knowing that they were getting everything they needed there and I was able to go about my daily life of working, running errands, etc. It was a nice break for me since I have 3 small kids. Unloading 1 daily to school almost felt like a vacation every morning! LOL (For those of you with multiple children, I’m sure you totally get it!)
Why did I choose this option?
I’ll let you know just a few of the new guidelines in the school that were listed when our two options were given. I am just NOT comfortable sending my soon-to-be 1st Grader to school with these guidelines. School is supposed to be a fun learning environment for them. It’s supposed to be where they get social interaction. Do circle time, have recess, have lunch with their besties and make real connections with their teachers.
In these NEW GUIDELINES, I saw none of this.
I envisioned a kid that may get scared, be uncomfortable and would rather be home with her Mom homeschooling her again.
Because of this vision, I made my decision.
Here were some of the guidelines:
- Special Classes and Electives will continue to be remote anyway
- Staff will wear masks with option of face shields and desk shields
- No Lunch in school (They can do a Grab-and-Go)
- No Recess
I’m afraid my child won’t ENJOY school later once this is all over if she goes into a school environment like that.
I’d honestly rather just suck it up and Homeschool for another few months to avoid this possibility.
At home she won’t be taught by someone wearing a mask, face shield or desk barrier.
At home she’ll have play time (indoor and outdoor).
She’ll be able to have lunch with her siblings like normal.
Although she won’t be in school, her life will still feel normal. And that’s what I want. For her to FEEL some sort of NORMALCY.
Even though she is very aware that COVID-19 exists, she’s old enough to see the differences, new guidelines and precautions. There’s no need to worry her. As her Mom, I’m here to protect her and my other children in any way that I feel is best.
Some may not agree with my decision and that’s OK.
What matters is that WE are ok with it.
Share your thoughts on this by leaving me a comment.
What do you plan to do this fall?