As students head back to school this month – online, in-person, or a hybrid of both – a lot of parents are grappling with decisions about whether or not they should send their kids back to school.

Some public school districts have already returned to in-person classes while others have opted for online learning.

Worry over the right decision

As COVID-19 cases continue to climb across the country, more and more parents want to keep their kids at home. The problem is that not everyone is lucky enough to have that option.

Some parents are in a better position than others to ensure their kids’s safety. Those who are are working from home are lucky since they have the flexibilty to guide and assist their kids with their lessons while working. Others, however are not so fortunate. This is especially true for essential workers, who have no choice but to report to work. In this case, their only option is to send their kids to school.

Parents are concerned about their children’s safety. They are trying to balance safety with continued academic growth. When making a decision, it is important to consider the full spectrum of benefits and risks of both virtual and in-person learning options.

There is no one-size-fits-all approach whether or not kids should attend face-to-face classes or opt for virtual learning. One thing is clear: the decision-making process will be unique for each district, school, and family.

Final thoughts

This fall will be anything but normal for parents and students across the country. It’s difficult to say when – of if – education will ever look the same.

None of this is easy, but it helps to stay calm, focused, and offer reassurance. It is very important to remember that kids look to adults on how to react to stressful events. Reassure your children that they are okay, and that the situation will get better.