School Safety is Parents #1 Issue
There have been over 20 school shootings this year throughout the country.
That statistic has parents worried about their child’s safety.
It also has some parents exploring alternatives.
She says she is considering an approach for the schooling of her 2ndgrader after recent violence in schools like the Parkland, Florida shooting that left 17 people dead.
“I didn’t feel like having safety along with other things be something I needed to worry about when I took my daughter to school daily,” Hughes told Channel 3.
CSTHEA, the Chattanooga-Area Homeschool group, is seeing an uptick in the number of parents, such as Hughes, asking questions.
Janell Bontekoe is a part of the Facebook page that is personal and serves on the board. Bontekoe says more people are requesting to be a part of that group as the school year winds down.
“We ask them a couple of questions, why do you need to join this particular group? I’m hearing the reply to. I’m getting that response over and over,” stated Bontekoe.
School Safety Concerns
School safety concerns is one reason why. “I do know the parent expression in that setting, how do they keep them safe?
The Greater Chattanooga Area has a large homeschool population that includes at least 3,000 households, based on Bontekoe.
Not all learning takes place in your home. Kids are a part of home school dances, tutorials , conventional classroom settings, athletics and co-ops. As Bontekoe has this advice for others considering doing the same. “I’d begin by saying, do not attempt to do school at home. It’s just too tricky to try to replicate a traditional school classroom in your house so find what works for your loved ones and take it slow,” advises Bontekoe. Hughes says she understands there are security risks everywhere, not just at school, but she enjoys flexibility, the choices and control that homeschooling her daughter would have to offer.
CSTHEA has a homeschool expo planned in July, if you want to learn more.
There will be nearly 80 exhibitors, resources and workshops for students and parents.