The truth is that everyone has their own truth. Some students do better being in school and face to face but some parents don’t want their child to have to wear a mask. Others want their children in school and masks make them feel safe.
Other students flourished online. They didn’t have the drama of being in school and did better academically. Other parents worry that their child is not being social enough and too happy being on the Internet. There was a scene in the Beverly Hills Housewives reality show where Kyle was worried about her daughter that seemed okay being home. I understand. My son is happy to be social with his friends online but I’d prefer some more face to face. However, for school, he has always hated the environment and I wonder if he was overwhelmed by the social aspects. He will continue to stay home and we are homeschooling. It is too risky for his health to go back to school. He has a condition called PANDAS which is an auto-immune condition brought on from strep bacteria and I just don’t want to gamble and see what happens if he ever got COVID. Once he gets the vaccine, that’s another story. (another Beverly Hills Housewife, Lisa Rinna, has a daughter who had the same or similar condition from strep. Can you tell that this is my guilty pleasure show?)
I just feel like we all have to go with the flow. We are not in control of this pandemic. The most important thing is to keep the kids healthy and the teachers and staff in the schools healthy.
The other lesson is to have choice. I hope that after this pandemic, online options will continue. You can’t go wrong with offering a menu of options since every child learns differently.