FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — With the new school year just a month away, parents are faced with a tough decision: Whether to send their kids back to the classroom or choose an alternative route.
Chastity Meyer of Fort Wayne says there's no way she'll keep her kids at home if she doesn't have to.
Meyer says, "Oh my gosh, it was a nightmare. Literally, it was terrible. I am not a teacher, that's not my calling and I don't want to be a teacher."
Meyer believes parents should protect their children but she's also a realist.
She says, "I'm all about keeping people safe, but at what expense? Because ultimately, are we keeping them safe or causing more damage across the board?
In a recent article, the American Academy of Pediatrics says going to school is good for a child's overall health, even during a pandemic.
However, some moms say they just don't feel comfortable having their children in school until the pandemic is over.
Reesha Howard is a wife, entrepreneur, and mother in Fort Wayne, and she says homeschooling can be incredibly rewarding, "Whatever you wish you would've been taught as a child or whatever you wish your children knew, this is the time to do that at home."
Howard says it can be a lot of fun to learn about your kids, too.
"It helps you to uncover what gifts your kids have so you get to learn about those early on so you can pour more into those gifts," Howard said.
The mom of four says homeschooling your children isn’t as hard as some parents may think and that there are plenty of resources out there if parents do decide to homeschool.
Meyer says she looks forward to when school starts. She says, "We need to move on with our lives."
What do you think, will you send your children back to school, or plan to go the virtual route?