I’ve posted in here before about remote learning at my son’s elementary school, and how I’ve been on the fence about withdrawing him and homeschooling.

We have now done the remote learning for three weeks, and while I don’t think it’s ideal, I feel like we’ve gotten into a groove with things. My 1st grade son has between 2.5 and 3 hours of zoom each day followed by another 2 hours of independent work. But so far, I feel like the zooms have been manageable, because the teacher gives breaks and tries to engage the kids. My son likes his teacher and the other kids in his class. There are 20 of them.

His teacher is pregnant, and she will be taking a maternity leave from the middle of September through December, so she won’t come back to teach until January. This whole time we’ve been eagerly waiting to find out who the sub will be.  I received an email today from the school saying that instead of a sub, they are going to disperse our class into the other three 1st grade classes. that means the average number of children in each class will jump to about 26 or 27. I’m concerned about having a larger number of kids in a class, especially because I feel like my son already doesn’t get much one-on-one attention from his teacher.

The other concern is that we are signed up for the full remote academy at our school district, which means that our class is committed to doing virtual learning through the school year. The other three classes are remote learning currently, but they could go back to in-person learning if Covid conditions improve in our community. I have no idea how this will play out if the other classes go back to school, and the teacher has to somehow juggle them as well as those of us who are learning from home.

I emailed our teacher to find out more information, and her reply was that she doesn’t have any answers and will forward my questions to the principal. I feel like this wasn’t a well thought out plan, and I’m annoyed by the lack of information they are giving us. My husband thinks this is our final push to do homeschooling, but I’m not sure what to do at this point. Just felt like sharing and seeing if anyone has advice.