Hawaii Mom Blog: Why I Decided to Pursue Distance Learning for My Kids




August 6, 2020

Why I Decided to Pursue Distance Learning for My Kids

For all 3 of my kids, my husband and I decided to pursue 100% Distance Learning.  Some of my kids have only signed up for a quarter or semester, but there are many reasons behind the decision.

Obviously, the health concern is the biggest.  With stories of schools having to quarantine kids after day 1 in other states, and staff and students across the state of Hawaii having tested positive before school has even started, how schools will handle or prevent superspreading is still not clear to me.

I know individual schools, including my kids', are working diligently to adhere to safety guidelines, even coming up with creative and cost-effective ways to create barriers and other types of protection.  

But if multiple kids or teachers get sick in multiple classes in a single school, will school carry on as normal?  Will the school move to complete distance learning?  People will get sick.  Most definitely I'm afraid of my kids getting sick.  

But another reason for our decision was because of the concern for the teachers, peers, staff, and even grandparents - the many, many grandparents I see doing drop off or pick up.  

I work from home, and even though I had such a hard time with Distance Learning back in March, I am able to keep my kids home with me, and that's one less child in the mix to try and social distance from the teacher or other students.  

I wish I had the confidence to let my kids go to school.  I know the socialization is critical.  I know kids will learn more effectively in person.  

But with cases surging, I personally do not want to take the risk.  

I have many friends who are sending their kids to school in the Fall, and I don't judge them at all.  I put one of my kids through in-person summer school after weighing all the risks, and that could've drawn some questions and concerns from others as well.

We are all trying to do what we feel is best for our own kids and our own situation.  

This pandemic has disrupted all of our lives, and we are moving forward as best as we can.  

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