Full time Monday-Friday inside the school building.
This option is strongly recommended for special needs students who require hands on, tactile, sensory learning. Educators believe students with special needs are at highest risk for regressing and falling farther behind with skills.
As I have researched this option I have found a few interesting requirements for opening schools:
Many districts look like they are offering 2 days in the classroom and 3 days of online classes. The idea being to keep student capacity in the building and classrooms to a minimum.
Parents will still be required to supervise kids on their at home days. This could cause issues around parent work schedules and how to make that situation work. Many workplaces have brought employees back in the office and they are no longer working in the home.
All classes online. Pre-Covid online school was already a strong option in education. Some kids focus better outside a classroom learning at their own pace.
This again requires parent supervision during the online school day. Work and home schedules would have to be worked out.
Online options require an internet connection and a computer. This may not be a viable solution for households where these resources are not available. Some school districts provide computers or tablets for students, but many larger districts don’t because an internet connection in each home isn’t guaranteed.
You as the parent take over schooling.
Homeschooling has gained popularity especially with school violence often in the news. Parents many times joins a group of home school parents to share the responsibility of education.
Students can work at skills as often as needed with more individualized attention. Parents can offer schedules that work with the child’s temperament, strengths and schedule.
This choice clearly requires the full time attention of one parent. An online connection and computer are helpful, but not completely necessary. Connections with other home school parents to assist with classes, field trips and areas of expertise are important.
Many nursing facilities have had staff or residents carrying the virus without realizing it, often mimicking allergies or a cold. When site wide testing is done, large numbers of residents and staff are often testing positive for the virus.
Schools in many ways equate with nursing facilities. Even with reduced student numbers in the building each day, students and staff will be in an enclosed space 6+ hours a day. Then they will return home to their own families.
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