According to a recent report by StudyFinds.org, four out of five parents are considering homeschooling their kids for the upcoming school year. Of those 2,000 parents surveyed, nearly half note that they are seriously considering implementing remote learning instruction from home in 2020 and 2021. One-fourth of parents surveyed revealed that they will not allow their children in a classroom.
As the COVID-19 crisis continues, families are fearful. The prospect of a "new normal" during these uncertain times calls for precautionary measures to limit the spread of infection and to keep children, parents, and teachers alike safe and healthy. As public schools begin to reveal what a return to classrooms may look like, many parents feel uneasy about children returning to school and have pre-emptively opted to transition to a homeschool model. Parents surveyed explain that equipping children for each school day will require more time and preparation (i.e., ensuring that kids are provided with adequate face coverings, outfitting them with antibacterial hygiene products). Many also feel that the pandemic protocols, including social distancing, would take the focus away from learning, and escalate stress for school-age children.