It’s June. I don’t know about you, but I’m wondering what will happen come August when school is supposed to start. Will my four children walk through the doors of their respective schools once again, or will I be left to navigate four kids needing to learn new skillsets? 

It’s a valid concern. When in-person education was called off for the rest of the spring, I know feelings were mixed. Personally, I was sad to see the school year end in such a way – no goodbyes, no graduation, no final class pictures or field trips. But I understood and I agreed that it was the best decision for the health of our children and communities. 

Many families are thinking about switching to full-on homeschooling for the 2020-2021 school year. Others are looking at online public schools. But for some, those aren’t viable options and they need our physical schools to reopen come August.

I’m a work at home parent regardless, so while I would be home for my kids to school beside me, it’s certainly not ideal. Not to mention that our Wi-Fi just can’t keep up. I’ve also never been that parent that wants my kids beside me every waking hour. I want them to gain independence and be comfortable being away from home.

As parents, we have so many more options for schooling now, and truly there is no one-size-fits-all solution. But if your children are learning and growing in an environment that works for your family, that’s all that matters. 

I can only pray that come August, the schools will reopen, and I can send my youngest off to his first day of kindergarten in style. 

How about you? What will school look like for your children in August?

Allison Wells is a wife, mother of four and an author. Her motto is "Life is short, eat the Oreos." Visit her online at

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