Concerned about sending her daughter back to school this fall during the pandemic and about the isolation her daughter would have to endure while studying online at home, Natalie Baber decided to explore other schooling options.
“When it became clear that going back to school was not going to be an option for us, that is when I hit the drawing board,” Baber said.
Her fifth-grade daughter is enrolled in the Little Rock School District and opted for virtual-only instruction this semester.
Baber said she came up with the idea of getting a few of her daughter’s friends together to study their virtual curriculum under the supervision of a parent or grandparent during the school week. They would meet in one of their homes, or, some days, in space rented from a nearby church.
This would enable the children to have much needed social interaction as well as support for