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Reopening Schools: Pros and Cons of Homeschooling

Parents consider keeping kids at home because of COVID-19 safety concerns
Posted at 10:19 PM, Jun 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-04 01:19:24-04

TUCSON, Ariz — The COVID-19 crisis has many parents considering keeping their children home the upcoming school year.

KGUN9 talked to two education leaders during a free webinar about the pros and cons of homeschooling.

Homeschooling is hard. They wholeheartedly agree on that.

Former Superintendent John Pedicone and Pima County Superintendent Dustin Williams describe it as a heavy lift.

"If you do elect to go that route, it really is 100 percent on the parents, like all of it," said Williams.

Both say parents really need to do their homework before taking that leap.

Pedicone says districts and schools are actually a good resource. "I think all the superintendents are going to want to help make sure parents are aware and prepared for what they're getting into so communication with the school district I think is really important and that's easy to do," he said.

Both say a good support system, like community groups, is crucial for home-school success.

Williams says his office has information and the required form for parents to fill out.

"They fill out an affidavit of intent. It's by law between the ages of 6 to 16. You have to do something. You have to be enrolled in one or the other. And that's how you do it," said Williams.

Watch the full webinar below: