Welcome to the first installment of a weekly series by guest writer, Twila Hill. Twila is lending her talents to Let’s Connect Magazine but she is also the creator and lead writer of her own online blog, Just For the Hill of It!
In this day and age, with COVID-19 striking all over the place, the decision to have your child do face to face or virtual is starring every parent or guardian right in the face. Every parent wants their child to be safe. Deciding to send your child to school or to let your child learn virtually is not an easy decision to make. Parents who do not have child care or the right electronics have no choice but to send their child/children to school rather they want to or not. Parents with an Individual Education Program (IEP) child does not have a choice but to send them to school.
According to Simone Gordon she chose virtual for her son because, “I have people in my family with high underlying health issues. I, myself am high risk with my asthma. My son is home doing school virtually and we are playing it day by day. During this grading period he has been doing good so far.” When asked about her thoughts from the educator side of things Mrs. Gordon added, “When deciding virtual or face to face pay attention to your child’s learning abilities. Find other resources and other ways that can help your child be successful. The schools offer online tutoring as well as face to face tutoring. Virtual learning isn’t for everyone while face to face learning isn’t for everyone. Know your child and adapt to their needs. The math center offers virtual and face to face assistance. The help is out there for your student no matter what you decide.”
In some cases you have parents that may want their child to be at home learning but due to IEP issues they have no choice but to send them to school. “My daughter felt like she had no choice but to do face to face learning because she really needs that one on one. She needs someone available in real time and not all teachers do Zoom during the class time, so she cannot ask questions right then and there with the rest of the class.”, stated Jerrika Weston. In other districts students are only going to school a few days a week, which some parents like. “ My daughter’s Positive Behavior Support (PBS) class has assigned times that they do Zoom, but that is sometimes at a time that she is to begin another class so if she attends that Zoom she is missing out on her other class. Maybe the kids can go to school four times a week and have a catch-up day with the kids on a staggered schedule or something like that.”, Weston mentions.
According to Katrina Finster-Bowers, “I kept my daughter home because she and I both have asthma and other underlying issues, as well as my parents who are older and have underlying conditions. My daughter is thriving in virtual learning because she has some anxiety issues and being at home has alleviated those. Her grades are super and she is like a different child at home too! As long as I can educate her this way, I feel that it is in her best interest at this time. “