I mentioned in my last post that I wasn’t sure what the fall semester of school would look like for my kids. Well, now I know…kind of…
The public school that my almost 9 year old attends is (at the time of this post) offering the choice between in-person instruction 5 days a week, or 100% virtual learning. We are choosing the virtual option, because we can. I’m a stay at home mom. I have all day to bribe him to sit at the computer and do his 3rd grade schoolwork. I want to leave the in-person instruction available for the families who need it.
Since we don’t really have any details yet on what virtual learning will look like this fall, I will admit that I am researching homeschool options, in case it’s a disaster. (I’m an enneagram six, I have all the backup plans!) But, that is a last resort for sure.
My 4 year old was supposed to attend a private Pre-K program, which is still opening in September with COVID safety protocols in place. (These protocols are the same requirements for operating daycare centers in our state.) However, my husband and I agreed that we want to mitigate our risk of exposure as much as possible, and decided to unenroll him from the program.
I recognize that, compared to many other families, these decisions seem relatively easy. The fact that I don’t have a job in or outside of the home at the moment gives me a lot of flexibility that so many parents in our country don’t have.
Truly, there are no good choices here. As usual, parents (especially moms or primary caretakers) are making unimaginable sacrifices for their children. People without children will say, “That’s what you signed up for!” But wouldn’t it be nice if we lived in a country that valued working parents?