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Alternative school options during COVID-19 pandemic

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(WSIL) -- With school starting soon, some parents are still worry about whether or not they want their children participating in their school district's back to school plan.

Along with all the uncertainty, some parents have chosen alternatives to traditional public schooling.

Two options that have seen upticks recently are private education and homeschooling.

"But with the pandemic there have been a lot more people interested in just kind of short term homeschooling just to get through the pandemic," said Angela Kloster, a parent who home-schools her children.

"We've had a pretty decent influx of new families that have come, kinda across the board, mostly in the younger grade levels, but throughout the K through 8 system," said Our Lady of Mt. Carmel principal Jason Swann.

Parents have many reasons for choosing one of these options for their children.

Homeschooling may be similar to remote learning, but parents describe remote learning as going at the teacher's pace and homeschooling going at the child's pace.

"Remote learning, I'm not sure, they have assignments that are due this day, this day, this day. Whereas with homeschooling if a child is having difficulty with a certain area, you can take your time to really explain that. And you might take two days on that, on that topic as opposed to being forced to turn in your work the next day," Kloster said.

Swann said some parents elect to go to private schooling because the smaller class sizes allow face to face learning while social distancing.

"Our smaller numbers allow that to happen a little bit more smoothly," Swann said.

Even though homeschooling and private schooling are options for a child's education, these aren't decisions that should be taken lightly.

"If you're gonna make all these changes just for a matter of months, or half a year, that's a lot of stress on a family to go through just for a short term," Kloster said.

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Madeline Parker

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