Suddenly, the children are home. Whether it’s an unexpected school closure, a natural weather disaster or a suspected health epidemic, something is making it impossible to get the children to school today. Maybe they’ll be home all week. Possibly even a month or more.
There is certainly nothing wrong with taking a couple of days off. But there isn’t much sense is wasting valuable school time, either. Especially if it looks like school isn’t going to re-open for a little while — or maybe for the rest of the year.
That’s where Emergency Homeschooling comes in.
Emergency homeschooling occurs when parents take on the responsibility of educating the children at home until they’re able to return back to the classroom — whenever that may be.
Homeschooling for an unspecified length of time is perfectly legal, as long as families file the appropriate notifications or route their requests through the proper channels in their district or at the state-wide level.
What happens during emergency schooling is up to individual families, their needs, and projected date of return to school. Some may choose to continue teaching the same subjects using the same textbooks that children would normally be using in the classroom. Others might prefer to focus on problem areas, or help students catch up on missed work, or have the kids brush-up on skills forgotten from the year before.
Help for emergency homeschooling can come from many places. If the real intent is to return to school as soon as possible, speaking to a teacher or school counselor about what to do at home is probably the best course of action. If it looks like homeschooling may continue for a while, contact a local homeschool group to get advice and information.
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