SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– Local parents are having to make tough decisions when it comes to how their children will learn this upcoming school year, and weighing the options between virtual and in-person learning can be overwhelming.
“When I think of what home school looks like, the lack of understanding what that fully entails in overwhelming,” said Brandy Sappington, a Willard parent. “If it’s anything like the virtual learning, I don’t see my kids staying on grade level.”
With so many unknowns when it comes to classes this fall, a growing number of parents seem to be looking into homeschooling options.
And now, they won’t have to do it alone.
Kimberly Weis and Tami Hodge are two stay-at-home moms in Springfield who have created a ‘Homeschooling Co-op’ group on Facebook.
“It might take a village to home school all of our kids,” said Weis. “Well, here’s our village.”
After lots of discussions and finding dozens of parents asking the same questions on social media, the two created the page on July 15. Within 48 hours, nearly 170 parents have become members.
“That just goes to show how many parents are looking at their options right now,” said Hodge.
Compiled of a mix between parents already homeschooling, and those looking to transition in a matter of weeks, Weis and Hodge are doing what they can to help.
“We want to provide a one-stop resource where to find their laws and regulations on homeschooling,” said Weis.
“We also want the page to be a social outlet for our children,” said Hodge. “We really did not like the fact that they were going to be sitting in a classroom, socially isolated basically.”
The two say they are using their extra time to provide information on laws, requirements, curriculum, lesson plans, and social opportunities so stressed, rushed and concerned parents don’t have to.
Springfield Public School parents are being asked to opt in or out on virtual learning for the fall by the end of July.