Virtual schooling is tough. Being part of a program that is still new, and unfamiliar, and in its developmental stages, with changes coming on a semi-regular basis, is even tougher. No one—teachers, administrators, even veteran parents—can predict what changes are coming next; and the latest round of changes is frustrating for a lot of parents.
Remember: you’re still in the early days. As chaotic as it might be right now, it will ease up with time. You will settle into a new routine. Over time, it will come to feel normal.
And if you’re never able to leave your house again because of your students’ varying schedules, well, sometimes, that’s the price you pay for choosing to virtual school your child. Errands will have to be run in the afternoons. You may have to leave your child at home with someone else a time or two in order to complete the other things that you need to get done. You may have to schedule appointments for days and times when your child doesn’t have regular sessions.
That’s okay. It’s part of it.
The freedom associated with the virtual school setting is gradually disappearing—there is no doubt about that. If you are virtual schooling multiple children simultaneously, your ability to do anything but have one or more of them in front of the computer over the course of the day may have all but disappeared. Still, for many parents, the virtual setting is worth it.
It will get easier.
Teachers and administrators will figure out what is working, what isn’t, and what needs to change in order to continue making this a viable educational option.
Virtual school is still school, and the fact of the matter is, too many parents have been treating it as though it isn’t—so now the administration has to crack down. As student test scores come up and progress improves, it’s likely that the rigid expectations will ease back to where they were in the beginning—though they will never be quite the same as they were. Let things settle a bit before you get too frustrated, and remember that it’s a learning process for everyone else, too.